|My run this morning circled Avoca Lagoon. |
When I resumed running following my DC Cardioversion in late-February, I announced to everyone that I was going to become a "recreational runner" rather than a "competitive runner", in a self-imposed attempt to reduce the chances of a recurrence of my Atrial Flutter heart problem. I recognised that 45 years of competitive running was going to be a hard habit to break, but thought that the downside of the heart problem recurrence would be sufficient motivation.
|Avoca Lagoon. |
I described walking and running while suffering from Atrial Flutter as being like driving a car whose clutch was slipping. The engine (my cardiovascular system) was working hard, but the power was not being transmitted to the legs. I haven't had that feeling once since the DC Cardioversion. Instead, I feel that everything is operating as it should and always has, apart from the Atrial Flutter episode.
As each week goes by, my confidence is growing that there will not be a recurrence. I have scoured the online literature for information about the risks of recurrence, but there is a frustrating paucity of studies pertinent to my age and physical condition. It does seem that the longer I go without a recurrence, the less likely one is to occur, but it can't be ruled out. Nor is it possible to identify any risk factor I have that makes a recurrence more likely. I'm starting to tend towards the view that I should just return to my life as though I had never had the heart problem, rather than imposing boundaries (that may make no difference) on myself. If the worst happens, then a Catheter Ablation is a very viable, and usually successful, option already suggested by my Cardiologist. I'll continue to gradually increase my running load, but won't target any races, thus avoiding the pressure to train that accompanies a looming event.