Found out what my resting heart rate was on Monday morning; but it was the worse way to find out ever.
Sunday my chest started hurting, it got progressively worse as the night went on. All night and a combination of the pain and being anxious about the chest pain kept me from sleeping.
When morning came I went on as normal so as not to concern my wife and got my son up, dressed, fed and to school, then I drove myself to Urgent Care.
I was lucky because Urgent Care was not spilling over with people from the weekend and I was only third in line to be seen. After the normal weigh in and vitals I was ushered into the exam room where I waited a short time for the doctor to come.
I was lucky to get Dr. Blake, a doctor that I have seen before and like very much. He remembered me as well, which was a plus. After a number of questions, he checked me out and told me he didn?t believe that I was having a heart issue but to be sure he was ordering a blood test, chest x-ray and EKG.
In about 2 hours all of the results were in and Dr. Blake told me everything came up negative, except that my resting heart rate was really low; reading 55bpm. He then said ?But it better then a high one? with a sort of concerned look and then laughed saying ?but it?s a heart rate I would expect from a runner, it shows you have a healthy heart?
He told me that because I was still coughing from the throat cold I had two weeks back and the fact that I was doing construction lifting heavy materials; that I strained the muscles in my chest. I was discharged tired from lack of sleep, but relieved and best of all with a resting heart rate of 55bpm.