Hello, I'm Katie, I'm new to this site, but I wanted to give it a try. I've always had a question about my heart, and I was wondering if any of you could help me.
So, I am a healthy 16 year old, and a competitive swimmer. I don't drink, smoke, or have any kind of unhealthy behaviors.
But ever since I was little, I've had a sort of odd heartbeat whenever I'd run the mile for PE class, or anything that made me run for very long. It's extremely painful. It's usually always at the artery in my neck, and the pain is so terrible that I have to start walking or stop altogether, because it sort of spreads through my neck and shoulder. My heartbeat is usually very strong when this happens, and feels like it will pound through. I usually push through the mile to the end where I can rest, and after about five minutes the pain will die away and my heartbeat returns to normal. I talked to my dad about it, who was an extremely good runner, he went to the Olympic Trials, and he told me to take deep breaths the whole time while running, and he said that it might be that my heart isn't getting enough oxygen. This usually lessens the breathlessness that I would get when the pain comes, but does not prevent it from happening.
Then I thought that it could be that I'm just not a very good athlete, but when I started swimming from fourth grade, I knew that couldn't be true because I'd have intense practices that would raise my heart rate up to 200 beats per minute, and my heart [I]never[I] hurt then.
There is also another thing that concerns me. When I was born, the doctors thought I had some kind of heart defect/disease, I'm not entirely sure, even my mother isn't entirely sure what it was, but whatever it was, the result was that it wasn't what they thought it was and that I was find. But after some research, I believe it could be the congenital heart defect that occurs when babies are born premature (and I was born almost a month premature), and that can result in heart murmurs? So I thought it could be that, but I'm not entirely sure. It would really ease my worry if I knew what was wrong with me
Thank you so much for your time.