is this AFIB? someone please help

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Hi. A little about myself -->

- 20 yr old male

- never drank or smoked

- no family history of heart disease

- diagnosed with anxiety

Since I was about 14, I have felt a feeling where it feels like my heart is fluttering/spazzing out at times. usually the fluttering only lasts about 1-2 seconds. A couple days ago, however, I had a flutter that lasted about 7-10 seconds and I got really dizzy. I went to the ER and got there within 10 minutes of it occurring and they did a bunch of tests, chest x-rays, an ECG and it all came back as fine. I have also been to 3 cardiologist and had an echo done last November and they all say I'm fine. Can anxiety really cause a chest flutter to last 7-10 seconds?

 

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    I,m a lot older than you but they can last that long, I feel as if I,m going to faint when it happens.  I,ve had this for 43 years, awaiting an appointment for an ablation for Svt.   I have never smoked or drink alcohol, maybe a couple when I was young but never excessive.  I also have  anxiety.  They don,t catch the episode with an ecg you need a monitor to wear for a few days.  They say these beats are harmless but they definitely affect your life.
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    If it's palpitations my Doctor says they are not harmful. but when you have them all night they sure are a p

    If they are palpitations they are not harmful. If it's AFib it can be harmful especially if it lasts a long time. That can cause clots to form in the left atrium and that can cause a stroke. Definitely wear a monitor for a few days and see if they can find out what it is. Good Luck.  I have both Palpitations and A Fib. Electrophysiologist is recommending Ablation. Hope you get the answers.

     

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      Hi,

      I had a 30-day event monitor but they said that they could not find anything during that time. I’m just scared they missed something

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    Have they tried a really low dose beta blocker ? Will stop the anxiety and the effect of it on your heart . Trouble is as with all drugs can cause other things
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      Hi,

      Yes I’ve been taking propranolol here and there. When I do take it, I do not get nearly as much symptoms. Do you think it is a heart issue, or should I accept it to be anxiety? 

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      Well I had same dilemma, I had a few ectopic beats but the suddenly got worse when I was feeling really anxious because knee surgery taking longer than I thought to get over plus taking strong pain meds . Cardiologist gave me monitor  to wear for24 hours and it picked up I was getting 9000 , the cut  off point being 5000 before they se it as a problem, as he said which comes first the anxiety causing them or them causing anxiety. I was put on 2.5 bisopropanol but too high my blood pressure and pulse too low so I have self medicated it to a half and then a quarter , still seems to stop feelings of anxiety but tired , think you should not worry if one for a month showed no problem . The blockers obviously help your anxiety and the signal to realease more Adrenalin so you feel calmer , But I wouldn’t take them unless you have too , or at least try vey low dose , or try alternative anxiety treatment even yoga . Have you looked up York Cardiology? They have a lot of videos on heart arrhythmia and stress etc well worth a look , he’s very clear and may put your mind at rest . It certainly helped me because I was getting quite panicky . Google them or look up on YouTube 
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