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Re: 2016 Birkie

Postby UPrSKr » Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:09 pm

Wow, Jay, good luck. I have a friend from Houghton who is going through the A-fib since late fall and is still waiting to resume rigorous activities. Giving up the alcohol and caffeine might be permanent for him. It seems like a number of skiers I know are having these episodes now. I have the PVCs. My resting pulse skips every 4th or 5th beat. If these are a precursor of A-fib, I could be next. I'm thinking about cutting back on the alcohol and caffeine. I don't do lots of red-line workouts anymore, but I'm not sure if cutting out intervals would help or not. I've already reduced the number or races I do to 4 ski races and just a few running races, but that's mainly because I'm finding racing to be a bit of a distraction from other things I could be doing. But I obviously still enjoy it to some degree.

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Re: 2016 Birkie

Postby MN Hoser » Fri Feb 26, 2016 8:30 pm

Yeah, we'll see how the body responds. I'm still doing some research, but I think there's an element of bad luck to a lot of this. Whatever the number is, 1 out of 100, and buddy, you happen to be the one.

I'm kind of hoping the whole thing blows over for a couple years, but maybe my head is in the sand.

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Re: 2016 Birkie

Postby UPrSKr » Sat Feb 27, 2016 7:39 am

Jay, I talked to my friend last night and he is going in for a catheter procedure (or possibly two) that should hopefully remedy his A-fib. I am now hearing that with the proper treatment of A-fib the prospect for return to normal level of activity (including racing) is actually quite good. There is also some controversy about whether racing has anything to do with causing A-fib in the first place, or that "luck" is the biggest factor. Studies and statistical analysis can often be misleading. Let us know how things progress. Take care.
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Re: 2016 Birkie

Postby MN Hoser » Sat Feb 27, 2016 11:42 am

It seems that overnight, I dropped back into rhythm.

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That's got to be better than being shocked back, right?

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Re: 2016 Birkie

Postby MN Hoser » Sat Feb 27, 2016 11:58 am

Ken, thanks. Yeah, I think the racing/training is a risk factor similar to sleep apnea, but it's true that if, e.g., type A personalities have a higher risk of afib (due to stress), and type A personalities are more highly represented in xc skiing/racing, that skiing might not be the problem but stress.

Maybe I should work on the medical card for glaucoma. :D

Jay


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