Eating healthy, riding your bike every day, and generally living a healthy lifestyle offer no guarantees that you will not suffer heart problems. Surely, you’ve heard at least one story of an active athlete or otherwise seemingly healthy person suffering an unexplainable heart attack. Every person should learn to recognize signs that may point to potential heart trouble when riding a bike.
5 Symptoms of Heart Trouble While Cycling
- Shortness of Breath – Any unexplained shortness of breath could be a sign that you need to get checked out. If your breathing feels different than what it normally does at a certain exertion level, you may just be developing a cold, but don’t ignore it.
- Chest Pain – Many men and women who have suffered a heart attack have told doctors that they experienced chest pain for some time prior to the attack, but ignored it thinking it didn’t mean anything or was unrelated. Learn from their mistakes: do not write off tightness or chest pain as nothing.
- Fatigue – Being unusually tired after or even during a ride could be a sign that something is not right. Most will experience this symptom while they are not on a bike. If you can’t get through the day without feeling like a zombie, you may want to speak with a doctor.
- Irregular Heartbeat – One of the more obvious signs of heart trouble is when you can actually hear or feel that your heart is not beating correctly. Sudden palpitations or flutters could be signs of something more serious to come.
- Blacking Out – If you experience light-headedness and nearly black out, then you should consult a doctor immediately. Blacking out is a very strong warning to get yourself checked out. If you black out while on a ride, you could easily be injured in a bicycle accident, or suffer a serious heart attack.
Don’t let these warning signs go unnoticed. Heart disease can affect anyone, even extremely health conscious cyclists.
San Diego bicycle accident attorney Frederick M. Dudek has dedicated his life to serving cyclists who are injured in bike crashes. Call or fill out an online form today to learn how he can help you.