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So I am 30 years old and male. I am 6 feet 2 inches tall and i weigh 170 lbs.
I have always been athletic and in sports my whole life. I did basketball, track and football all through high school and weight lifting and basketball after high school.
About 3 years ago (when I was around 27) I began experiencing these "attacks" at the gym or when i drank coffee. These attacks basically began with a THUD in the heart and resulted in tachycardia, tingling feet and hands, blurry vision, sense of impending doom (Like i was going to die any second), trembling hands, and sweaty palms. After these symptoms passed I would always be extremely exhausted and sleepy.
I went to the emergency room about 8-10 for times during these attacks. While there my blood pressure would generally be 180/110 (or near), pulse would be about 160 resting, and my oxygen levels would be fine. EKG always came back normal, chest X ray normal, CT scans normal, bloodwork normal.
The ER is convinced they are anxiety attacks (I am unsure). The thing about these attacks is that they PRODUCE anxiety, and are NOT preceded by anxiety. I am generally doing something I love (exercise or basketball) when these attacks occur. Caffeine has also caused these attacks.
The last time one occured it was a sudden onset as soon as I did a chest workout at the gym (bench press) it felt like something inside rubbed my heart or kicked my heart and threw me into this attack. It was worse than the other times, and my heart rhythm changed from tachycardia to a quick beat-beat , pause......beat-beat, pause....this is when i got dizzy and felt like I was going to die, along with shortness of breath.
Now some symptoms I experience on a daily basis is fatigue, weakness, sleepiness (even if I got 7-9 hours) and I will experience a couple or a few palpitations.
My cardiologist says these are ONLY PVCs. Does anyone have any idea what this could be? I have not struggled with this all my life, it is in the past 3 years that it began. I did not and had not changed anything in my life at the time it began. I had not taken any type of medication or supplement different than I ever had in the past (the normal protien, creatine, caffeine).
Now I do not ever drink any type of stimulant and I still get these attacks every time I work out, unless I just slowly walk. I have done holter monitors, stress tests, heart ultrasounds, and the cardiologist tells me nothing at all is wrong.
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