Dizzy all the time, heart palpations and tight chest

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So normally fit and healthy I'm 33yrs old female driving home one day all of a sudden get very dizzy tight chest and heart palpations. I pull over and call 999 thinking I'm having a heart attack but after a while the tightness eases the heart stops beating so fast and I'm shaken but ok get my husband to drive me home. This was about 12 days ago. Since then I'm pretty much always dizzy not like I'm going to fall over but a woozy head constantly) I have heart palpations often in varying degrees of strengths the dizzyness is always worse at these points my chest tightness come and goes. Hospital are saying it's potential SVT or arrhythmia (I have a cardiology tape booked) colleagues are saying they are panic attacks (possible but doc doesn't think so as when my heart is raised it's not for long and goes up and down in waves every 20 mins or so for a few hours getting less obvious.) the palpations I can cope with it's the dizzyness that is doing my head in I can't drive read watch TV anything makes the dizzyness worse for people with arythmia or SVT is this dizzyness what you experienced or anyone with anxiety? Thankyou

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    As an SVT experiencer for many, many years, please don't listen to anyone who tells you this is pure anxiety.

    As you say, you were driving and it hit you, out of the blue. That is NOT anxiety. SVT and arrythmia are the same,

    SVT just means supra ventricular tachycardia. 

       I don't get dizzy, but I guess that would all depend upon how high your heart rate is. I'm so sorry you're suffering!  

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    People certainly can get dizzy when anxious, but I would wait to find out the full results of all the tests on your heart before you put any of this down to anxiety. It isn't very helpful if people suggest things before you have your cardiology tape, is it? How can they know?

    And your doctor has said no to panic attacks, too.

    Let us know how you get on.

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    If you are having Arrhythmia in the upper portion of your heart, surprising enough a deep breath can sometimes tip you back into a regular heartbeat, maybe you are already doing this but not realizing that that is what is making you feel better, but if it carries on regardless of deep breath you should be taking yourself to the emergency room and or calling an ambulance,  they will record what your heart is doing, and may ask you to take a deep breath and hold it, just to see what happens, from there it may only be a matter of taking some beta blockers. 

    If your heart is beating tooo fast the chambers of the heart cannot fill up with blood, before it is pumped out again, thats what makes you dizzy, lack of blood supply.

    Husband has heart failure, has had an episode of congestive heart failure, where I nearly lost him, has been left with some brain damage, but I know what to do now, get to the hospital ASAP.

    I have stopped taking any chances with him I get him seen at the heart hospital across town rather than our local general hospital, and I have even had problems with junior doctors there missing warning signs and dismissing as minor issue, consultants opinion completely the opposite, after I refused to take him home from the hospital, I just kept repeating you have it wrong, get the specialist, so i can explain what has been going on to him. 

    Have saved his life 5 times now with early intervention and standing my ground and saying this is not normal.

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    My daughter-in-law gets those same symptoms on occasion, she was diagnosed with SVT when she was 17, she is now 38, has 4 children, and is doing just fine.  She was told that stress can bring them on, and I believe that.  When her mother was dying from lung cancer she had a few spells.  Even one of her babies had them in utero, so they can even be passed on to offspring.

    I have atrial fibrillation, but mine is a result of the congenital heart defect I was born with, it's a little more serious than SVT, but, it too, can be managed.  I was stuck in my bed for 4 hours 2 months ago because of afib.  It caused such dizziness, that I

    fell over when I tried to get up to go to the bathroom, thus I was stuck on my bed until it abated.  Not easy when you have to relieve yourself.  Don't worry, you will be o.k.

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