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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

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What causes shortness of breath?

FOR an extreme athlete (78 wrestling with 18 year-olds, pulse UP NOW to 56), VERY short of breath with LIGHT exercise bike and leg and calf press machines (HEAVY 315 lbs.) after only two strip sets, or sitting down only upper breathing, laboring for shallow breaths. Stress test--easier than usual--and echo cardiogram okay. Bent over a bit. Prescribed inhalers did not help.
Tue, 9 Sep 2014
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Hi,welcome to HCM.
Athletes are more prone to develop hyperdynamic heart failures.I strongly recommend you to have a baseline EKG and a 2 dimensional echo.Reduce the quantity of weights used.Drugs like antiplatelets can prevent cardiac attacks.Consult your cardiologist for further queries.
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