I'm 18, weigh 125, Male, and I've recently been experiencing heart problems. It constantly beats hard, if I lay an object on my heart, it will move up and down with my heart rhythm. I constantly feel sick, sometimes it gets really bad, my heart rate goes up, I can't breath, and I get extremely lightheaded. Back in October was when I had my first heart palpitation attack, I was just riding in the car and my heart started racing, I got sweaty, light headed, and cold/hot flashes, went to the ER, they did blood work, EKG, said it was anxiety, gave me pills and sent me home... I also was prescribed Celexa for depression before this event, and that night I took 3 instead of 2 10mg, and 1 hour later is when it happened. About a month later the same thing happened again, i had stopped taking Celexa at this point, I was in the car, and my heart started racing, it kind ave heart to, i got really anxious as i didn't know what was going on, we were on a car ride from Kentucky to New York, I wanted my friends to take me to the hospital but they couldn't, so I toughed it out. Got to New York, that next day it happened again... I called an ambulance because i was scared and didn't know why my heart was doing this. Got there, they didn't even run tests, assumed i was doing drugs... sent me back. Ever since then i began to make visits almost every other week, then almost every week! Now it's gotten to the point where my heart does this 2-3 times a day, I'm scared to go anywhere, do anything. I had an echo-cardiogram, holter moniter, stress test, multiple EKG's, all came back normal. I'm constantly told I have anxiety/panic attacks, which is obvious, who wouldn't panic or have anxiety if their heart and body was doing this? It feels like my heart is struggling to pump, sometimes my heart skips a beat and it makes me cough, feels like it's beating against my lungs. I also now remember i had bronchitis around the time i started having heart problems too. Could this be Anxiety? Lung problems? Heart problems? Other? I constantly feel like any day could be my last... I've been to the er over 40 times. The doctors think i'm crazy. I'm just scared that something actually might be wrong, and they're misdiagnosing based on my age and actions.
Perhaps you should try a massage therapist. Although you didn't mention it, if you move your hand over your body and find a location away from your heart that seems to beat on its own or as strong then massage can normally rid the second heart beat which typically indicates trouble. Increased exercise can also help balance out your pulminary system.
when cardio tests find nothing wrong, it could be calcium/magnesium/potassium imbalance, and/or thyroid issue. Thyroid itself is probably regulated by these minerals. Calcium is the mineral that makes the heart contract and magnesium makes it relax. If the heart is WEAK, more calcium is needed, or possibly too much magnesium is taken. If the heart is STRONG more magnesium is needed, or possibly less calcium. If adequate copper is in the diet then the body can maintain normal magnesium levels but if not, then regular magnesium intake is needed. If heart is irregular, then potassium is needed.
There is a fine balance of these factors:
heart 'power' (weak or strong?)
A Dr who understands the fine details of the factors above would be a very valuable Dr! But what I've learned is that even cardiologist have no clue about this.
For example, you may have a perfectly normal thyroid and if so need a calcium/mag ratio of 2:1. But calcium/magnesium can get out of balance even with a normal thyroid if there are deficiencies of copper, zinc, iron, selenium, chromium, manganese in the diet.
How does one know if they are getting enough magnesium in their diet? Well, if you eat a lot of these foods every day, you are likely doing fine: avacados, wheat germ, almonds, shredded wheat cereal, pumpkin seeds, cashews, mixed nuts, cooked spinach, bran flakes, oats, potato w/skin, cooked soybeans, peanuts, etc
As you can see, most people are not eating ample quantities of these foods daily. There is I think a magnesium deficiency epidemic in this country. Most people do not get enough magnesium. But they get plenty of calcium! Thanks to heavy marketing of dairy products.
This is info I've learned about recently, not advice. Could help but could be something else too. Let us know how you are doing.
Thanks for the replies! Very valuable. I've taken daily vitamins to ensure I'm not missing anything, the doctors tested me for a thyroid problem and it was normal. It's getting worse by the day, today It felt like my heart squeezed up against my lungs, I got lightheaded/dizzy and began to panic because I didn't know what was going on, everytime it happens, the only thing I can think of is "What if I go into sudden cardiac arrest?"