Messed up rhythm

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Ive been having severe heart palpations for nearly two months. There is not a minute that goes by without thumping in my chest which causes a cough. I am 50 and very active female 5"11 and 146 pounds. I do get out of breath/lightheaded with my regular life things recently. My doctor said my echo was 'normal'. You can see my rhythm on my echo is way out of whack. I know you are not doctors but does anyone have any idea what is with my rhythm? fMy blood work is all normal. Just super curious until my doctor calls me back :-(

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    hi seems that your gp is lazy to refer you to a cardiologist! either these palpitations are caused because of high blood pressure or sometimes I've noticed after boozing heavily next day you get these! OR another thing palpitations are related to stress and anxiety. uou need to go back to him and ask to be referred.

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      I dont drink, I have very low blood pressure 90/56 and very little stress. I do have PAC and PVC as well as second degree av block level 1
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      I am under a cardiologist now. Ive had the Holter done and that shows PAC and PVC with the second degree at block level 1. I had the echocardiogram done which was normal and just had the treadmill stress test last Friday which I haven't heard yet. My heart rate shot straight to 200 and was supposed to recover under 5 minutes and it was 10 and it was still not back to under 100.. I am extremely fit. I have horses and ride daily my BMI is 18 so weight and fitness is not a factor. I have been having super high BPM for years when I run. I can run and chat at 200bpm. I really didnt think there was a problem with it. But now for some reason I get winded and cant keep going. Maybe because of the PAC & PVC? I nearly fainted at my horse show last year. I rode my test then handed my horse to my daughter to walk back to the tent to get my ribbon. I couldnt catch my breath! For 15 miniatures I struggled to breath - they wanted to call an ambulance but Im stubborn and decided to just get home asap. It finally resolved but it was weird. So this has been going on for a while. I just didnt realize it. I feel like I just dont have enough oxygen. I rode yesterday and wore my Fitbit. It said I was up to 170. My ride was not a difficult one at all.. So I just dont understand. I wish the doctor would call me back. Im sure I will be fine and Im not going to die or he'd be calling me.

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      Hi Rhosalina so sorry to hear you are also suffering so badly from the heart irregularities, I also have these and had them from I was 19 I have been investigated numerous times but last year from April the ectopics have been contstant and I went for ablation 4 weeks ago under sedation it was not entirely sucessful and I am going back but under a general as I found the sedation was not working I am hoping this will be more successful this time I was advised on this site to seek an electrophysiologist as I had been under a cardiologist and nothing seemed to be working for me I will let you know how I get on but my life has been severely disrupted to the point I couldnt get up the stairs without being breathless so I have no choice to have another ablation, you need to seek out an elcetrophysiologist asap, keep me posted good luck. Ingrid
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      Oh Ingrid I am so sorry to hear about that! Today has been seven days since my treadmill test! I'm p*ssed I havent heard back from them yet. I keep telling myself it must be good news then otherwise he would've called by now right? I've called four times and left messages and he hasn't even entered the results into the system so the nurse can't give me the information! It wouldn't bother me so much except for I'm on my horses everyday and my heart rate is well over 170 while I ride which just seems odd to me and sitting here on the couch it's 98 which just does not make sense. I can't say I feel breathless when I ride because I breathe hard while I'm riding anyway. I guess because my heart rate is up. Which would be normal except for that I would not think riding my horses would cause my heart to go so high. I definitely feel it most when I'm doing household chores like vacuuming caring the laundry and stuff like that. Then I would feel like I need to breathe hard that's when I noticed that most. I will look up the specialist you mentioned right now thank you so much and I hope your next procedure goes well for you please post back if you can. thank you so much and good luck

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      I always talk to the ones doing it and know the result BUT in my case all three that I have had produced a false positive and caused me to have an angiogram. The second one told me that they would be doing an angioplasty the next say. I offered to bet him a months salary that my arteries were clear.

      So don't worry too much if I they call you back as false positives are fairly common.

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      The stress ECG indicates that your heart is not getting enough oxygen so they assume that it is caused by a blockage. They then do an angiogram and find that your arteries are clear. Now there is a CT scan that can be done instead of an angiogram but if a blockage is found they later do an angioplasty or fit a stent.

      It is evidently more common with ladies.

      You can Google, 'false positive ECG'

      I also had a stress echo cardiogram that was a false positive.

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      How can you tell that my echo cardio indicates that about the oxygen? That is exactly how I feel tho, but Im curious how you can tell by the imgages I posted. :-)

      The nurse called last night to tell me everything on the stress treadmill test was "normal" I asked her - what about my BPM going over 200 and her reply was "well you were on a treadmill werent you?" I said ya but Im not out of shape and the treadmill nurses told me that wasnt normal.. She said Id have to ask the doctor. Then I asked about my heart not coming back down to resting BPM after well over 10 minutes. She again reminded me that I was on a treadmill. I told her the nurses told me it should have been down within 5 minutes... She really didnt want to answer anything. She did say the doctor wants me on the 30 day Holter. I will look up ECG Thank you so much! My echo cardiogram was normal. so they said..

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      I don't know if your Echo denotes a lack of oxygen as I am not skilled.

       A 30 day ECG monitor? That should be a fun month. I had a 7 day one and that was annoying enough. 

      I had my first one in a stuffy little room after having been in bed for four days and they wondered at the lack of oxygen:-)

      Ask them if you can drink coffee doring that time.

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      Oh wow! Yeiks - I am sure it will be annoying.. But Id like to get an answer to this.

      Sorry about the stuffy room! I do feel like it is lack of oxygen. At rest I am constantly at 96% I wonder if the Holter will measure oxygen? I dont think it does. I better be able to drink coffee. She didnt say I couldnt.

       

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      I said coffee as a friend went for a BUPA Well Man Checkup. He did the early parts of it but the doctor who was to do the ECG was late and he was asked as he had fasting blood tests if he would like sandwiches and coffee.

      The coffee was good and strong and he drank the whole pot. When he got their report they made a big point of his abnormal heart rhythms.

      He went to see his GP who did an ECG that was perfectly normal.

      His doctor asked him to go through the events prior to the ECG. When he got to the coffee the doctor laughed and said that caused it, so do ask.

       Coffee is a well known trigger for AF.

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      I was caffine free for two weeks because I read the same thing and It's no better. Its so weird to listen to it beats. So sparratic and then the two seconds where there isnt any beats.. Very strange!

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      I read up about Beta Blockers and they reduce blood pressure but I already have very low blood pressure so Im not sure that is an option? I will discuss this Tuesday with the doctor.
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      I was told that I had 3.5 second gaps between beats and my heart rate sometimes down to 37bpm before my pacemaker was fitted.

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      3.5 seconds is long!! I only had a few at 2 seconds..

      My report came today and it says 24 hour Holter

      minimun rate of 39

      maximum rate of 156 - which I sat around all day so i have no idea why it was high. I couldnt ride because the contact (sticky round thing) wouldnt stay stuck very well)

      Average rate of 84

      No pauses greater than 2 seconds

      Total of 175  supraventricular events

      The mean number of SVE's were 9 per hour

      No episodes of SVTT

      Total of 80 PVC's

      Average of 4 PVC's per hour

      No episodes of VT more than 4 beats

       

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