Originally Posted by Jakepod34
Most recently speaking, can I ask what your iron levels have been like in the past few month?
Thank you for the reply. I became an "adult" so to speak in 2010 at the age of 30. Prior to that I never had any health issues, lived an active lifestyle and normal childhood filled with sports and lots of activities. At age 30 I decided it was time to finally start the preventative portion of my health care and was fortunate enough to get hooked up with a doctor who believes in healthcare vs. sickcare. Initially at age 30 I had my first blood work done. This is the only Iron test I've ever had to my knowledge. The numbers are below. My blood work that was ran on me in 2011 for my age 31 Physical did not include a test for Iron for whatever reason.
I was told the Intra atrial septal aneurysm is something that was so small unless I have symptoms I will be ok. The doctor wasn't really that approachable. Here are some known issues I seem to have with my heart, you can be the judge if these are normal or not or in some way possibly related to an iron issue.
Alcohol consumption speeds up my heart. I hardly ever drink anymore because I hate the feeling. I continuously have an elevated pulse rate no matter when it seems of around 80-90 BPM, even resting. I also have a prescription for 20mg of Adderall XR that I take sparingly. If I'm not careful to stay hydrated while on this medication I get what I believe to be dehydration which sometimes makes my chest feel tight. Sometimes it seems a big drink of water instantly makes it better, so I'm not sure if that is heart related or just my muscles tense in my body because of dehydration. More recently I've noticed that specific to moments after falling asleep at night, if I wake for any reason I get what seems to be an instantaneous increase in my heart rate which is sustained for several minutes. Sometimes I have to get out of bed. It's not an increase to the point of panic but what I would describe as running up the stairs once or twice. Just a feeling like I need to sit up and take a deep breath. I can literally feel it start immediately AFTER I wake up and it only happens in the periods initially after I just fall asleep. Everything I read on that seems to point to anxiety, which I have no history of ever suffering from or anyone in my family. The holiday heart thing is kind of annoying because nobody else in my family gets that either. Anyone who could potentially mash this all together to understand what's going on would be appreciated and wonder if any of these symptoms are consistent with the effects that iron levels could have on the heart. Thanks!
(ONE YEAR AGO) (MOST RECENT IRON TEST)
IRON BINDING CAPACITY
IRON SERUM 143
UNSATURATED IBC 172
CALCULATED TOTAL TIBC 315