After any stress test you need to see your referring Specialist. I had made an appointment with The Cardiologist for the Monday following.
With no adverse results this was likely a quick visit.
Indeed it was.
We discussed the test. But we also discussed the pain I’d been experiencing on my runs. The runs were my real test, he advised, and they weren’t going well.
“But we’ll do an angiogram and see what that tells us.”
“At least that will rule that out,” he said.
And so an angiogram was planned for the Wednesday.
Note: an angiogram is not a message delivered by someone called Angie! (boom-tish!)
Note: possibly longer than 100 words today, but not by much. Ok, double that!
It was time to put the past behind me and get back into training. Sunday is long run day and today was 8km. Easy!
West Coast Drive is a great place to run so I headed there. Starting at Trigg Beach I headed north, into the wind, so I had a tailwind on the way back.
It’s an easy run – 4km out, 4km back. Done and dusted.
About 2.75km in the chest pains began again but, you know, heartburn.
Then it grew to the neck and jaw (angina?) and then a crushing headache. I stopped to walk and take stock of what was happening. I decided it maybe better to call it quits, giving up on the 8km.
But, you know, f*ck it, if I have to walk to complete 8km, I’ll walk.
So I continued on and the pain subsided. Happy days.
After a while I decided it was okay to run again but after 500m all the symptoms came back.
Walking eased the pain again so I finished off by walking the rest of the way. No matter the 8.0 km was done.
I have done so many of these.
The exercise puts stress on the heart by increasing the speed and incline every 3 minutes. They also take your blood pressure and ask if you’re feeling any discomfort. Sounds easy but the incline gets you.
Blood pressure is good.
The test continues uneventfully and I step off.
Once again I have bettered the previous test without any discomfort. Which is weird because the last few casual runs have always caused discomfort.
But the stress test doesn’t lie!
This is, surely, all a storm in a teacup!