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I am a runner who gets a pinching short pain when I take a break from running. What is this? 

Hi. I am a 34 year old man and I have been running for 9-10 years. I run 4 km 3-4 times a week and it takes 1730-1810 min.
According to earlier amateur testing my ml02/kg/min is about 55.  I am 176 cm tall and weigh 79 kg. I also have a very demanding physical job where I lift and carry 30 kg boxes all day, so my upper body strength is definitely above average. 

My problem is that when I have a break from running for a week or so, I get mild heart/chest pain. I do not normally get pain when I run but I have experienced 3-4 times a pinching short longing pain. Is this normal? Or do other runners experience the same thing? What do you think it can be? Thank you so much.

submitted by Samy from Faroe Islands, Kingdom of Denmark on 1/10/2013


by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, George Younis, MD  

George Younis, MDThese symptoms sound muscular rather than cardiac in nature. Many people experience unusual pains that are not really related to whether or not they are runners. Does not strike me as a cause for concern.  

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