Fast heart rate or irregular heart rhythm and shortness of breath during physical activities
Exercise increases heart rate, but the rate usually returns
to normal within minutes after the exercise stops. Anyone who has a fast heart
rate or irregular rhythm with shortness of breath for an extended period of
time after physical activity may have a heart problem. Anyone who has
palpitations, an irregular heart rhythm,
lightheadedness, or fainting when he or she is
physically active needs to be evaluated before activities are continued.
If you have
heart disease or
heart failure, or if you have had a
heart attack, be sure you understand the seriousness
of a change in your heart rate or rhythm.
It's the news you don't want to hear from your cardiologist: One or more of your coronary arteries -- the blood vessels that supply blood to your heart -- is blocked. You have coronary artery disease, the No. 1 killer of U.S. adults.
So does this mean you're headed for bypass surgery? Maybe not, if your situation isn't an emergency.
You might have other options -- including less drastic procedures to reopen those arteries, medication alone, or even radical lifestyle change.
What's your best option?...