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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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My heart is racing very fast at the age of 17. Is it OK?

My heart was racing very fast in the shower, I was very short of breath and everything became very muffled.. ?
So it was my girlfriend and I in the shower cleaning up from being out on the farm.. Yes, things got a little exciting and once things were finished I was very much out of breath.. nothing unusual. But with the combination of the heat along with being completely out of breath I was finding it hard to catch back up to having my breath. I was leaning against the wall and all of a sudden everything got very quiet... I asked her if the shower sounded like it was getting more quiet but it was my hearing slowly fading away.. This has never happened when I am out of breath like that... and I became very concerned.. once my heart rate returned to normal my hearing came back full.. Was I about to pass out? By the way, I am 17 and a big guy, 288 6'3 mostly muscle but still hard on my heart if that helps. Thanks in advance!
Mon, 14 Dec 2009
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Your heart was telling you that it is not in shape for all this activity and you need to change. When you get out of breath, sometimes, you begin breathing faster and faster which than can make everything worse and make you faint (or almost faint as in your case). Your body is trying to tell you something (that you need to get in better physical shape) and you need to listen. Do some research on proper diet and exercise and change things that you can change. Your girlfriend will probably be happy that you did. And, 6.3 inches and 288 is not "mostly muscle". You need to change that. 6'3" and 200 would be mostly muscle.
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