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Old 02-09-2020, 01:08 PM
 
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I’m 58 and in good health. Never had a heart condition. Have been seeing a cardiology twice a year just to be proactive. I have no issues. Around Christmas, I had palpitations that lasted a few minutes. Soon after, it happened again. Next time, it woke me up from my sleep and incorporated itself in, my dream. That same thing happened again. I probably had 5 episodes of this happening weeks apart from each other.

I already had a scheduled appt with my cardiologist on Jan 28. The week before, it started happening around 4pm. This time, it lasted longer. I took my pulse it was around 110. The other times, my heart stayed around 68 bpm. So, this time, I dropped my kids off at their aunts house and drove to the ER. It was still happened as they were admitting me. Blood came back fine. Electrolytes were fine. They released me an hour later.

Had the stress test. I stayed on the treadmill the entire time and could have went longer They compared my before and after numbers. I was told that it went great and there are no blockages but explanation why the palpitations happened. He said it could be low electrolytes or dehydration. I told him the ER attending to me to request a heart monitor some monitor but was told it wouldn’t do much good because i usually go a week without any palpitations.

That was 10 days ago. Last nigh, it Began around 11:30. No biggie. After 20 minutes, I drove to all night drug store and bout Pedialite at csrdioloist’s suggestion. Didn’t do anything. Actually got worse. I drove to an ER and sat in the parking lot. Fell asleep for a few minutes but the palpitations woke up me up. Drove around and eventually drove to the original hospital I went to. It was 2:30 am by this time. I actually thought I was going to die. I took out my phone and looked at my two kids (9 and 11). I began to cry looking at them. I didn’t want them to go through the loss of losing their father. The palpitations got bigger and I got out of my car a few times to admit myself in but on the walk over, it would stop. I didn’t want to check in, only to be discharged an hour later just like last time. The problem is, you never know when the last palpitations will be? I don’t care about the $100 co pay. I care about being discharged and then they start up again. I drove home at 4am. I tried to sleep and eventually did. But I woke up thinking I was dying. It was scary. Felt like my heart stopped but don’t think it did. I drove back to the hospital and eventually fell asleep at 5:30 until 9 am. I drove home and fell asleep until 1pm. As I am writing this, it seems ok except for a stray palpitation here and there.

What the hell os this? I am angry it NOT happening now. Why would it stop? Why disappear for over a week. Nothing I am doing is causing this at the time. I don’t want to go through another night like last night. That was crazy. Anyone go through something similar to this before?
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Old 02-09-2020, 01:18 PM
 
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I got a halter heart rate monitor put on me and the ENTIRE time not one.

Are you taking any new medications? My heart palpitations started and were HORRIBLE because of Belviq. SSRI type medications I find cause me to have palpitations. When I was taking the medication my calcium level spiked.

Take magnesium. Magnesium normalize heart rate. But it has to be more than 1 or 2 days.

Palpitations are generally harmless. I know that doesn't help because it feels scary. I would google it. I found some great website from people who suffered that really helped me narrow the problem. Heart people are useless about it.
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Old 02-09-2020, 02:07 PM
 
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I’m 58 and in good health. Never had a heart condition. Have been seeing a cardiology twice a year just to be proactive. I have no issues. Around Christmas, I had palpitations that lasted a few minutes. Soon after, it happened again. Next time, it woke me up from my sleep and incorporated itself in, my dream. That same thing happened again. I probably had 5 episodes of this happening weeks apart from each other.

I already had a scheduled appt with my cardiologist on Jan 28. The week before, it started happening around 4pm. This time, it lasted longer. I took my pulse it was around 110. The other times, my heart stayed around 68 bpm. So, this time, I dropped my kids off at their aunts house and drove to the ER. It was still happened as they were admitting me. Blood came back fine. Electrolytes were fine. They released me an hour later.

Had the stress test. I stayed on the treadmill the entire time and could have went longer They compared my before and after numbers. I was told that it went great and there are no blockages but explanation why the palpitations happened. He said it could be low electrolytes or dehydration. I told him the ER attending to me to request a heart monitor some monitor but was told it wouldn’t do much good because i usually go a week without any palpitations.

That was 10 days ago. Last nigh, it Began around 11:30. No biggie. After 20 minutes, I drove to all night drug store and bout Pedialite at csrdioloist’s suggestion. Didn’t do anything. Actually got worse. I drove to an ER and sat in the parking lot. Fell asleep for a few minutes but the palpitations woke up me up. Drove around and eventually drove to the original hospital I went to. It was 2:30 am by this time. I actually thought I was going to die. I took out my phone and looked at my two kids (9 and 11). I began to cry looking at them. I didn’t want them to go through the loss of losing their father. The palpitations got bigger and I got out of my car a few times to admit myself in but on the walk over, it would stop. I didn’t want to check in, only to be discharged an hour later just like last time. The problem is, you never know when the last palpitations will be? I don’t care about the $100 co pay. I care about being discharged and then they start up again. I drove home at 4am. I tried to sleep and eventually did. But I woke up thinking I was dying. It was scary. Felt like my heart stopped but don’t think it did. I drove back to the hospital and eventually fell asleep at 5:30 until 9 am. I drove home and fell asleep until 1pm. As I am writing this, it seems ok except for a stray palpitation here and there.

What the hell os this? I am angry it NOT happening now. Why would it stop? Why disappear for over a week. Nothing I am doing is causing this at the time. I don’t want to go through another night like last night. That was crazy. Anyone go through something similar to this before?
Yes.

Sounds very similar to what I experienced 2 years ago as I was approaching my afib diagnosis. Many short episodes of irregular beats that I could usually get back to normal with a brisk walk, and at other times some short episodes of very fast heart rate - like 110. It's hard to say, though, whether those might have been panic attacks due to the irregular beats. In July of 2018, I went into afib that lasted about 2 hours, but they got me back to sinus rhythm in the ER with IV rate control drugs. In September, I went back into afib to stay and I'll very likely be there for the rest of my life.

Finally, though, after gaining an understanding of what was going on with 4 trips that year to the ER and getting on the appropriate daily medications, I can relax. Relatively speaking, that is. I spent almost a solid year on pins and needles wondering how much longer I could expect my heart to beat. 2 years ago irregular beats scared me to death. Now that I understand them and am taking Metoprolol for rate control and Eliquis to minimize stroke risk, they say chances are I'll live as long as I would with a sinus rhythm. I can only hope.

I'm not a doctor, but I would think they'd have you on a beta blocker with what you're describing. That's the first thing the 1st ER doc suggested to me before anyone knew for sure that my heart was toying with afib.

Best of luck to you. I know how scary it feels.
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Old 02-09-2020, 02:39 PM
 
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I’m 58 and in good health. Never had a heart condition. Have been seeing a cardiology twice a year just to be proactive.
Hmm. This was interesting.

No known heart problems but you are seeing specialists twice a year? Is there previous family history you are worried about? Some aspects of your OP make me question whether underlying anxiety contributes to this. Have you ever explored the mental health aspect?

https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discu...-palpitations/

https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/...anxiety-afib#1
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Old 02-09-2020, 02:46 PM
 
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Hmm. This was interesting.

No known heart problems but you are seeing specialists twice a year? Is there previous family history you are worried about? Some aspects of your OP make me question whether underlying anxiety contributes to this. Have you ever explored the mental health aspect?

https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discu...-palpitations/

https://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/...anxiety-afib#1
Agree. I believe OP has severe phobias IIRC...

Maybe consider anxiety as an issue that needs medication?
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Old 02-09-2020, 03:06 PM
 
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I had an episode of a-fib (atrial fibrillation) last year. Scared the crap out of me. I went to the ER and they treated it with a drug to lower my heart rate. I was completely freaked out about it afterwards. I don't know if what you experienced is afib, but it's not uncommon. Mine felt like an over-caffienated hamster on a wheel in my chest! There is a website with resources and a forum that helped me - afibbers.org. Also look up vagal maneuvers to lower your heart rate- I was able to stop another episode by using the bearing down method.

Honesty, if it's not happening while you're at the cardiologist, they're going to have a hard time diagnosing it. If you're willing to spend a little money, you can buy one of those portable heart rate monitors that downloads the results to your phone that you can take to the doctor. I have one similar to this: https://www.amazon.com/EMAY-Portable.../dp/B072DVN9GV

Heart palpitations by themselves won't hurt you. A-fib can cause a stroke if left untreated but many people who experience this can't feel their palpitations. Taking a daily aspirin can also help with the stroke risk.
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Old 02-09-2020, 06:50 PM
 
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I’m 58 and in good health. Never had a heart condition. Have been seeing a cardiology twice a year just to be proactive. I have no issues. Around Christmas, I had palpitations that lasted a few minutes. Soon after, it happened again. Next time, it woke me up from my sleep and incorporated itself in, my dream. That same thing happened again. I probably had 5 episodes of this happening weeks apart from each other.

I already had a scheduled appt with my cardiologist on Jan 28. The week before, it started happening around 4pm. This time, it lasted longer. I took my pulse it was around 110. The other times, my heart stayed around 68 bpm. So, this time, I dropped my kids off at their aunts house and drove to the ER. It was still happened as they were admitting me. Blood came back fine. Electrolytes were fine. They released me an hour later.

Had the stress test. I stayed on the treadmill the entire time and could have went longer They compared my before and after numbers. I was told that it went great and there are no blockages but explanation why the palpitations happened. He said it could be low electrolytes or dehydration. I told him the ER attending to me to request a heart monitor some monitor but was told it wouldn’t do much good because i usually go a week without any palpitations.

That was 10 days ago. Last nigh, it Began around 11:30. No biggie. After 20 minutes, I drove to all night drug store and bout Pedialite at csrdioloist’s suggestion. Didn’t do anything. Actually got worse. I drove to an ER and sat in the parking lot. Fell asleep for a few minutes but the palpitations woke up me up. Drove around and eventually drove to the original hospital I went to. It was 2:30 am by this time. I actually thought I was going to die. I took out my phone and looked at my two kids (9 and 11). I began to cry looking at them. I didn’t want them to go through the loss of losing their father. The palpitations got bigger and I got out of my car a few times to admit myself in but on the walk over, it would stop. I didn’t want to check in, only to be discharged an hour later just like last time. The problem is, you never know when the last palpitations will be? I don’t care about the $100 co pay. I care about being discharged and then they start up again. I drove home at 4am. I tried to sleep and eventually did. But I woke up thinking I was dying. It was scary. Felt like my heart stopped but don’t think it did. I drove back to the hospital and eventually fell asleep at 5:30 until 9 am. I drove home and fell asleep until 1pm. As I am writing this, it seems ok except for a stray palpitation here and there.

What the hell os this? I am angry it NOT happening now. Why would it stop? Why disappear for over a week. Nothing I am doing is causing this at the time. I don’t want to go through another night like last night. That was crazy. Anyone go through something similar to this before?
If you are seeing a cardiologist it shouldn't be too hard for you to get an event monitor, which you wear (similar to a Holter monitor), for a specified amount of time (anywhere from two weeks to 30 days) and which will record your EKGs, and any heart arrythmias over a period of time.

These could be anything from inocuous PVCs to other types of tachycardia, but if they continue it's a good idea to get it checked out.

I also wondered why you see a cardiologist twice a year if you have no cardiac or related issues.
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Old 02-09-2020, 08:16 PM
 
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Thanks for the responses. I’ll answer a few questions and comment on a few things. I take no medications and never have, other than if I was sick. I never had a heart problem. The onLy reason I see a cardiologist at all is because a few years back, my entire right side of my body went numb suddenly. I drove myself to the ER. By the time I got there, I was back to normal. After a few tests, they sent me home but was told to follow up with a neurologist, Who sent me for mri, mra and other scans, after all of that showed nothing, he told me to see a Cardiologist just to rule out my heart. I had a bunch of tests and everything tested fine. no hole in my heart, no blockages, etc. I just go because he tells me to but not for any need to. I also had to see a pulmonary guy. Everything turned out perfect except not knowing the night I got numb. It may have been the result of a dental visit earlier that day where the dentist stuck the needle in so far, it felt like an electrical shock. I never had that before. People I talk to think that it was related.

I am not aware of any heart issues in my family. My mom had breast cancer but I don’t worry about that. I don’t think I have any severe phobias. I am not thrilled with planes because of a really bad flight I had in 2000. I don’t like cruises either, because I really can’t swim but I always went out on my friends boat. I won’t go on roller coasters After my parents put me on a big one in rye playland when I was 7 or 8 and had the crap scared out of me.I don’t sit around worrying about either because I know I will simply never do either of those again. So, I don’t think it is that. My life is status quo so there are no new worries or fears. This all just came up suddenly after 58 years. No new events.

My cardiologist said I was in great shape after the stress test. He told me this is nothing and I shouldn’t need a monitor however, if this happens again, and it did last night, to come by and pick it up. He seems completely unconcerned. Didn't ask me about phobias and didn’t think I needed to be on any medication.

My sister thinks I should she a cardio physiologist, who looks at the heart’s electrical system. It’s obvious my heart had no blockages or problems. Has anyone ever seen one?

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Old 02-09-2020, 08:26 PM
 
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I had an episode of a-fib (atrial fibrillation) last year. Scared the crap out of me. I went to the ER and they treated it with a drug to lower my heart rate. I was completely freaked out about it afterwards. I don't know if what you experienced is afib, but it's not uncommon. Mine felt like an over-caffienated hamster on a wheel in my chest! There is a website with resources and a forum that helped me - afibbers.org. Also look up vagal maneuvers to lower your heart rate- I was able to stop another episode by using the bearing down method.

Honesty, if it's not happening while you're at the cardiologist, they're going to have a hard time diagnosing it. If you're willing to spend a little money, you can buy one of those portable heart rate monitors that downloads the results to your phone that you can take to the doctor. I have one similar to this: https://www.amazon.com/EMAY-Portable.../dp/B072DVN9GV

Heart palpitations by themselves won't hurt you. A-fib can cause a stroke if left untreated but many people who experience this can't feel their palpitations. Taking a daily aspirin can also help with the stroke risk.
Thanks. I will look into this monitor or a similar one. Has the one you have picked up anything that was useful to the cardiologist?
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Old 02-10-2020, 07:16 AM
 
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Thanks. I will look into this monitor or a similar one. Has the one you have picked up anything that was useful to the cardiologist?
Haven't been back since I got the monitor - was scheduled it for this week but they rescheduled me to end of March. I know for a fact though that I have not recorded any afib episodes - I bought the monitor after my last one. What I've found is that cardiologists are not concerned unless it's a major event - most abnormal rhythms are harmless so they don't treat it.
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