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Ok started with heart palps ranging from 3 to 15 a day for 3 weeks Jan 16.

Then chest discomfort and the feeling that a small elephant was sat on my chest this lasted for around 3 weeks. During which pains down left arm and numbness left side. Went to A&E all tests clear, BP little high.

Over last 4 months can't climb a flight of stairs or talk for more than 20 seconds without being shattered and needing a few mins to recover.

Had chest X-ray all ok. Stress test ok. Just had echocardiogram ok, had 24hr blood pressure monitor average reading 155/116 been put on tablets. Still same symptoms. Waiting for 24hr ECG results to come back (5 weeks now).

So if heart scans are ok wtf is causing this?

Nan had angina in 30s, grandfather and his dad died 50s heart failure. But as I said my bloods and scans clear.

34 yr old, average fitness 15st. Ex army (left 3 1/2 years ago). Never had any issues before.

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    Well Chris that's really frightening

    I'm not a doctor but after reading your your article I think I'd be asking a different consultant

    Sorry I can't be any help

    Had heart attack myself last year and wish is followed up previously experiences plalps. And pain in neck oh how I wish I had had a chance to revisit those symtoms

    I would pay for more tests

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    I suggest you have a 12-lead ECG which will only take about 10 minutes and ask for a computer derived QTc interval.
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    Hi,hope things are being sorted.I started getting ectopic heart beats a few weeks ago.Went to GP and told nothing to worry about.Just over 7weeks ago blacked out for ~1hour.Saw same GP eventually who now thinks I almost certainly had another heart attack.Got ecg today.Good news ,ectopic heartbeats have stopped ☺
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    Hello Chris, I can imagine how you must feel. The symptoms you describe sound like a heart situation, but one thing I know after being a heart patient for 10 years is generally when you have the entire battery of test that you have had, if something is wrong with your heart, it would surely show up, at least you would think so.

    Looking back, my heart situation started with what I thought was acid reflux, but actually was Angina pains because of restricted blood flow due to a bad Aortic valve.

    I did all the same test as you and the last test they did was a Arteriegram die test which revealed my problem, however all the other test also indicated a problem.

    With technology today, they rarely miss if somethings not right with the heart as long as you take the problem to the heart specialist.

    There is several other things that can mimic heart problems, so that's why you get

    checked out.

    Good luck, It sounds like your on the right path.

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    Hi Chris,sorry to hear about your problems,you must be pulling your hair out,

    You seam to have covered most things,the only one I'm surprised they have not doneed is a

    ANGIOGRAM, I would have thought that would be done after stress test.

    I've had double heart by pass plus 4 stents fitted,that's been 10 years ago,but I'm still having problems,

    UP to date I've had 6 Angiograms, I've had all the tests you have had .so I should ask about an Angiogram,they can see if any arteries are blocked, hope this might help Chris

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    I'm hoping they will send me for a dye test next. One doc early on said it could be acid reflux so took a course of mess but didn't make any difference.

    I'm in with a cardiologist Monday so hopefully he will throw up some new ideas or tests that can be done to find out what's going on.

    Strange that tests have not revealed any heart problems yet just climbing the stairs or carrying my daughter causes my heart to shoot from mid 50s Bpm to around 120bpm.

    In reply to angiogram test following the stress test, they said there was an indication of left ventricular hypertrophy although this was not found on the echocardiogram.

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