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I'll tell you a little bit about myself, please dont judge me. I am a 26 yr old male who gets severe heart palpitations after working out. This occurs a few days after working out and varies in severity. It has now been an ongoing issue for over 2 years and I am at the point of losing all hope, it's making me so incredibly worried and depressed and I have nowhere to turn. I feel have exhausted all channels available to me (Which took so long because of damn COVID) consisting of hospital tests and my own research which have been dismissed by my GP. This is my last resort to get answers, which I never thought I would have to do.
I have had blood taken, 24 hour ECG and 48 hour ECG and an ultrasound and I have just opened the letter back from the doctor telling me that the ECG results were "Essentially normal". I feel the 24 hour ecg was worthless as I got practically no palpitations, 48 hour ECG maybe showed 30-40% of how bad the palpitations / frequency could be and the ultrasound was a quick 2 minute thing and I got no palpitations at all and got told that it looked completely fine.
What I am feeling is absolutely NOT normal and having the doctors doubt me and tell me I am fine is making it all so much worse at this point.
The worst of the palpitations come on after I have been working out (about an hour workout). But they come about 1-2 days AFTER working out. The best way I can describe it is: I get a sensation in my chest before the palpitation that feels maybe like a build up of pressure and the beat takes longer than any others to finally happen. Then my heart does a very forceful beat (The palpitation) and loads of rapid small beats that follow. Sometimes they are incredibly bad and regular (after working out) and others are bearable.
My work can be quite physically demanding and I have, on numerous occasions got slight twinges of pain in my chest (left side) and I have had severe shortness of breath before where I am breathing so heavy and it doesn't feel like the air I am breathing is actually being absorbed into my bloodstream and going to my muscles properly. I have felt slightly feint during these times (sometimes worse than others) but I have not had anything serious happen yet.
I have been prescribed Propranolol (40mg) which help, but definitely does not cure the issue.
I have an appointment at the hospital for 2 weeks time to undergo an exercise test, for which I will be working out over the next few weeks (as much as I feel is safe / as much as my heart permits before the palpitations get unbearable) in order for the test to hopefully bring something to light.
I am losing my mind over this issue and my whole life is revolving around me being worried, frustrated, not looking forwards to the future as each day my emotions are solely dictated by how bad these palpitations are. I am wondering whether the hospital looked at my ECG closely enough as in the second one there were DEFINATELY a few quite bad palpitations and one really bad one.
Like I say, I can not workout with my heart the way, out of fear that the palpitations will be so bad I will have a heart attack or pass out at work. I am at the end of a dark tunnel solely because of this going on in my life and have nowhere to turn. If it wasn't for this I would be at quite a happy point in my life with a good job and future prospects looking relatively good.
Can somebody that has had a similar experience or similar symptoms please get in contact and speak to me or even reply to this message as I am so desperate right now and feel like the hospitals just dont believe what I am going through.
I have thought about possible things such as Sick Sinus Node Syndrome and a Mitral Valve problem but this is just from research I have done on the internet.
Further info: I have not drunk alcohol in months, I have had problems with this in the past but right now I am trying to be as healthy as possible. I do not smoke, I quit smoking 2 years ago. I have recently started vaping because I am so god damn upset with this issue in my life. (The issue is present when I dont vape as I have spent 1.5 years smoke and vape free and the issue was still there. I try working out regularly, but this issue does get in the way and I can not work out more than once every week or 2 because of this. It is seriously impacting my quality of life.
PLEASE HELP! Thankyou.
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