I figured I'd post here in case anyone has come across this. I had a physical yesterday and during the routine checking they did an EKG. I was told that it was a bit out of range, that the"highs" were too high and the"lows" were too low. They scheduled a stress test for April 13th and I was told they would check the blood test results today. I got a call saying the blood tests were good except for slightly higher liver readings. I guess I should have asked more questions, but now I'm wondering if this may be normal for a runner. I just completed a 20 mile race on Sunday, could these readings be a result of this? I'm 54 years old, run 6 days a week, lift weights and in overall good health otherwise. Anybody else face this before? Training or racing maybe throwing things off? I will be going for another blood test when I go in for my stress test and hopefully things will be back in the normal range.
And for the record, despite my love of beer I don't drink a lot and I never take Tylenol so those two factors don't come into play with my liver readings.
Hoping some of my fellow runners could share some experiences.
If I've learned anything, it's that you should never assume that being a runner makes you "bulletproof". I have no idea what those "high"s and :low"s might mean, but if your heart isn't back to normal the day after a 20 miler, you want to look at it. If they don't like your stress EKG (if you hear the magic words, "There was a change in your EKG"), listen to them. There's a lot of numbers that your liver kicks out. Some are improtant, some much less so. If your PCP is concerned about your liver function, he'll probably send you to a gastro who can tell you whether or not it's time to worry.
Went in for the stress test today and they told me not to worry about. The pattern was slightly different today but basically everything was ok. I got a pat on the back and a "getthefugouttahere". Now I have to go back in 2 weeks for a follow up blood test since I didn't get that done today. Anyway, I feel a lot less stressed and now it's back to business as usual.