Its been a while since I have posted, but I really have found this site to be a real place of hope for me. So here goes...
I am 44. a bit of an exercise freak, and a big time heart worrier. I am used to working out 5-6 days a week for about 2 hours a day. Back in the summer I tore my meniscus and required surgery (as well as an unrelated leg surgery) this past fall. This month, I am finally back to start working out again. However, in the meantime, I have gained 20 pounds (hello, holidays!) and my cardio has taken its toll from not being out there.
I am really worried that I have done damage to my heart by gaining the weight and I get almost daily worries of having a heart attack. Every time I work out and my times are slow, or I get indigestion (which I have had for years), or I get a random shooting pain down my arm (which I also get for years) I start freaking out.
I went through the full barrage of heart tests with my cardiologist about 2 years ago and everything came back clear - in fact, great. I just cant get past the idea that I have really done myself in by gaining weight and not being in the gym.
Anyone else been where I am now? Please?