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Hello forum users,
I am a 30 year healthy female. I work out 3-6 times a week with cardio and weights, eat mostly healthy/balanced, no smoking, no drugs, drinking just with social occasion, and have never had any heart issues in the past. My normal resting rate is 55-60. Saturday, I was causally walking down the grocery aisle when my heart suddenly started beating so fast it shook my body. I knew something was wrong but considered maybe it was a panic attack without anxiety. My friend has had that happen to her a few times. I went home trying to do yoga breathing and meditation but my heart was still shaking my body back and forth. I felt normal beside my frantic heart. Finally after 45 minutes decided let's go to the E.R. My boyfriend drove me. On the way there my S Health finally captured a reading on my pluse: 231 bpm. I thought it must be misreading it.
I walked in and let them know my symptoms. They did a reading of my pulse and the front desk woman asked him if that reading was correct. They were trying to keep me calm I think but they brought me back immediately to draw blood and put a line in. They had me get in a wheel chair and started hooking me up to EKGS and all kinds of other things. It was like an E.R. show episode to me! I was keeping in good spirits making jokes and laughing with my nurses. I could tell it was really serious but figured I can't do anything other then try to not freak out. They hooked up a defibrillator telling me it was just a monitor, but I just saw Doctor Strange and recognized it! Haha. Two nurses had to insync administer a medication to stop my heart for a second in the hopes it would restart back at a lower rate. It was the weirdest feeling I've ever experienced! Luckily it worked and my heart went back down to low 100s. They monitored me for a few hours. Nurses were coming by to see me and say they've never seen anyone with anyone heart rate like that walking and standing much less laughing and making jokes! Another told me she hadn't seen a heart rate that high in ages!
So they determined it was definitely coming from the upper chamber of my heart. A singal was bypassing my normal pathways and causing the upper portion to beat fast which in turn caused the lower half to beat fast. They said it was SVT and I need to go see a specialist. I check my rate regularly and have never experienced abnormal readings before. I'm currently taking a low dose medicine to help keep my rate down. They told me I can resume normal exercise but if it abnormally goes back up for more than a few minutes I need to call 911/go back to E.R. I attempted very light cardio today and immediately my heart felt weird and my bmp shot up to 110 with shortness of breath when normally it'd be around 80 when I start this same cardio at higher settings.
I was wondering has anyone else experienced a similar situation? While I'm sleeping it's in the 70s/80s. In the last 2 days, even when my resting rate is low 60s it feels like it's beating irregularly against my chest. I can't tell if I'm just over thinking it. My appointment is next week so I was just looking for some insight in the meanwhile.
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