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Shortness of breath after a long time due to exercise - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello
I've recently started working out, I havent done any workout for the last 12 years, so i'm in a terrible shape, my current BMI is 27.
For the last 12 years I've been a heavy smoker, not really cared about what i ate and havent moved alot other than work which is with computers.
After i've started to work out, I have also started to feel some weird feeling of beeing short of breath, it feels as if I can't fill up my lounges completely when i take a deep breath, it makes me take more deep breaths than i did before starting to work out, sometimes I'll take several in a row to get the "filled" up feeling, and I'll eventually yawn all of a sudden to get them filled up, I don't feel like I'm seriously lacking air, other than this odd feeling of need for air at the center of the chest, I don't get blue lips or fingernails.
If i don't excersise for a few days it will go away again, untill I do a workout again, the short of breath feeling arent stronger during the workout than it is after and for 2 days after the workout, it doesnt change wether i lie down or sit up, but just passes away after a few days without any workout.
Am I just experiencing my lounges poor shape, and a buildup of their strenght after all theese years of doing "nothing" or does it sound like something I should get checked asap?
I don't get a whissling sound as if it's astma.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Let me read it
User :   ok
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Firstly I would like to compliment you
Doctor :   for such a good description
Doctor :   and observation
Doctor :   Such histories are really of worth
User :   Thanks :)
Doctor :   both for the doctor as well as the patient
Doctor :   Now, your BMI is not that high
Doctor :   to feel such complaints
Doctor :   but again, as you have mentione
Doctor :   you have not been accustomed to it
Doctor :   Have you faced this problem anytime before?
User :   no
Doctor :   Have you got an EKG done recently?
User :   I had one some 3 years ago, because my heart was doing kinda "skipping"
Doctor :   Ok
User :   they didnt notice anything though
Doctor :   Fine
Doctor :   Do you have a family history of cardiac problem?
User :   My grandfather died of a heart attack all of a sudden, that's the only I know of
Doctor :   Your lifestyle, smoking and diet( I suspect that as well) are risk factors
Doctor :   What was his age at the time?
User :   late 30's i belive
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   That is a positive history
Doctor :   So I would suggest you to get an ECG done
Doctor :   and also a Stress tesr
Doctor :   or a Treadmill test
Doctor :   abbreviated as TMT
User :   ok
Doctor :   it shall be helpful from both a diagnostic and also preventive point of view
User :   All right
User :   is my symptoms sign of a heart issue?
Doctor :   Meanwhile, do exercise within your strength and stamina levels
Doctor :   It mimicks a heart problem, though
Doctor :   and you have risk factors
User :   ok
Doctor :   but your age is not a risk factor
Doctor :   nevertheless, shouldn't be ignored
User :   Also, is it normal to experience what I do when starting to workout after such a long period of beeing lazy?
Doctor :   Could you confirm your age?
User :   30
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Yes, it is quite normal
Doctor :   for anyone to feel like that
Doctor :   who is resuming workouts
Doctor :   after a long time
Doctor :   it is adaptability or acclimitization
User :   ok
Doctor :   which shall take some time
Doctor :   about 2-3 weeks
Doctor :   it does get better day by day
User :   Ok, thanks, I'm gonna start by telling my girlfriend that working out does not make me feel any better ;)
Doctor :   Haha
Doctor :   No it does make you feel
Doctor :   but after sometime
Doctor :   I do recommend you to follow an active lifestyle
User :   Thanks for your advice, werent sure if what I experienced was "normal" or a sure indication of getting everything checked
Doctor :   but get the EKG and the stress test done
User :   checked
User :   Will do :)
Doctor :   that is fine
User :   Thanks alot for your help and have a nice day :)
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