No morning run this morning, going to the Doc this morning to talk about this "fluttery" feeling and shortness of breath I have been having the past two weeks.
Diagnosis (after and EKG since my BP was 112/64 and HR of 51 and no other indications): Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) are extra, abnormal heartbeats that begin in one of your heart's two lower pumping chambers (ventricles). These extra beats disrupt your regular heart rhythm, sometimes causing you to feel a flip-flop or skipped beat in your chest.
Due to my physical condition, likely caused by stress or caffeine. Since my caffeine intake has not changed but my stress the last 3 weeks has, we made the diagnosis that it is stress related. Remedies: 1) Reduce stressful situations (already in progress to remove the recent stresses from my/our lives); 2) relax (next week…Florida for Spring break and time with a friend, family fun, sun and surf!). No Beta blockers or calcium channel blockers (good!).
Back to work for a 7 mile run around the greenbelt on a nice day in just under 49 minutes. I feel better when I am running than when I am sitting around. (Ride 5)