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I recovered two weeks ago from a bout with bronchitis. I've

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I recovered two weeks ago from a bout with bronchitis. I've been on the mend but not 100% yet. In doing light cardio and short hikes I've felt pretty strong. However, a longer more strenuous hike yesterday wiped me out. After 3.5 miles up hill I became so light headed and weak I thought I would black out numerous times. I'm still light headed when I get up from a chair or even a flight of stairs. At 60 I've always been active and fit. My annual physicals are always solid and never a hint of heart issues. I'm 6'10 and 260 pounds.....any thoughts or am I just imagining a potential problem?
JA: Do you know if your family has a history of heart disease? In general, how would you describe your health lately?
Customer: Both parents had heart ailments. But they came from an era when they were fortunate to be able to eat and it certainly wasn't healthy.....fried, etc....I don't eat that way at all
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: Not really.....I do have apnea but I sleep with a CPAP. My heart is not enlarged as my GP looked at it via X-RAY due to my bronchitis...
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 8 months ago.

Hello, this is Dr. David. I am reviewing your question now and will be with you momentarily.

Expert:  Dr. David replied 8 months ago.

sorry about your recent bout of bronchitis.

3.5 miles up hill is quite a hike

did you drink enough water and fluids during and after the hike?

you most likely were just over exhausted and dehydrated after the hike which can cause light headedness and weakness.

make sure you stretch after hiking and that you drink enough water during and after hiking.