My heart races all the time

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i have been suffering with heart palpitations for over a year now, to the point where now it is interfering with my day to say life as they worry me so much. i suffer with chronic anxiety and panic, however these palpitations happen when i am not feeling overly anxious. it has gotten to the point now where i am obsessed with constantly checking my pulse. i have had multiple ecg's, heart monitors and echograms,and my cardiologist has discharged me as he says there is notbjng significantly wrong with my heart,other than it beats fast. how do i get through this? i am petrified EVERYDAY that i am going to have a cardiac arrest. what do i do

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    Ask for a d-dimer blood test, it tests for blood clots which can cause palpitations.

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    How fast does it beat? And is does it beat fast all the time, or only sometimes? Do you have other symptoms?

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    Also, is there a difference between your heart rate when sitting and standing. If so, how much?

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      Sounds like POTS to me. If there is a more than 30 or 40 bpm difference between your pulse when sitting and standing (not immediately but after a few minutes), you likely have POTS. Also, most docs don't know crap about POTS. Finally, POTS can come and go. It took years for me to get a diagnosis. Multiple docs missed it. I felt like crud all the time. I had several try to tell me I was just having panic attacks. Eventually I went to the doc during a bad episode. He diagnosed POTS almost immediately. Keep in mind, though, that even for normal people, heart rate does go up a bit when you stand and it goes up with activity. The question is really how much it goes up. I am around 80 when sitting, but 130 when I stand. Walking up the stairs puts me at 170-180. That's when I'm not on beta blockers.

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      i am curious as my heart rate is usually quite slow to normal but i get the occasional spike to even as high as 180 then immediately goes back to whatever it was . Not the same thing as katie is talking about and I wouldnt know if not for my watch .

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      Hi Jenny,

      There is a thing called paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia. It comes on suddenly and then disappears suddenly. There are other kinds of arrhythmias that can also do this. Hard to know. Also, I wouldn't put too, too much trust in an watch. Could be right, or wrong. Of course, if you can also feel it yourself--take your pulse when this happens--and it really is 180, then I get checked out. Some sort of holter or event monitor would help figure it out.

      Snow

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