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After having chest pain and breathing difficulty during soccer practice, my 15 year old son had an EKG that showed a high amplitude for R. It was not so high as to indicate an absolute problem, but was in the warning zone so to speak. A chest x-ray showed his heart to be of normal size. The doctor (who is his allergist) indicated that it is okay for him to continue playing soccer as long as he stops if the symptoms return. Meanwhile, he has been scheduled to see a pediatric cardiologist. I have been checking his blood pressure before and after each practice and have noticed that his diastolic (but not his systolic) drops. Today, it was 37 at the conclusion of practice and is now at 40 several hours later. That seems quite low to me, so I am concerned that perhaps he should not be practicing at all until the cardiologist examines him. Please help by giving me some guidance as to whether it is safe for him to continue practicing until the cardiologist appointment.

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replied September 4th, 2014
Heart Disease and Heart Attack Answer A49078
Hello and Welcome

I appreciate your concern.

You are right in your apprehensions. I would not recommend any strenuous exercise till the appointment

Let me know if you have any query

wishing you best of health


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