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I have trawled through all five pages of Cycling Health looking for info on riding a bike when you have been diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation (irregular heartbeat).
I found out about this condition a couple of months back and am currently seeing a cardiologist and undergoing a bunch of different diagnostic tests â€“ echo cardiograms, Holter monitor sessions etc.
I am a 40yo bloke, mainly riding a bike for a commute only â€“ about 16kms per day, so pretty short. Plus the occasional 40/50km weekender. Since finding out, Iâ€™ve basically put the bike in the corner and have been public transporting, for fear of â€˜over-doing itâ€™ and pushing the heart rate max too high. Even though the commute is short, itâ€™s fairly hilly (Neutral Bay into the city CBD) and I do have a liking for â€˜pushing itâ€™.
I have a heart rate monitor which just goes into meltdown when I ride, and doesnâ€™t give any sort of regular read out so I donâ€™t bother with it.
I donâ€™t really feel any of the â€˜classicâ€™ symptoms, such as shortness of breath or dizziness â€“ frankly, I feel really pretty normal (but I may have been living with this â€˜normalâ€™ for so long, that it, well, feels normal!)
Iâ€™ve spoken to the cardiologist about it and so far heâ€™s basically said, â€˜yep, take it fairly easy until all tests are in and we know for sure whatâ€™s going onâ€™. I am taking a beta blocker, as well as a daily aspirin (blood thinner) and a cholesterol lowering tablet also. I am back to the cardiologist next week for a rundown and will enquire more specifically then.
I am not especially after â€˜directionâ€™ on the forums here, but am curious to know if other bike riders out there have faced this issue, how you dealt with it and managed the AF in terms of exercise and cycling.
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