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Old 08-24-2007, 01:30 PM   #1
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Irregular hearbeat.

Hi,

I'm 16 and male. I have been fine for a very long time with my second most recent problem being an "allergic reaction to the sun (skin tightening up, excrutiatingly itchy)" back at the beginning of July. Recently (past week), however, i have been having an uncomfortable feeling below my heart (like an adrenaline rush, but an unwanted one). It's not constant (it comes now and then) and goes as soon as I relax. Along with this uncomfortable feeling I have irregular heart rhythms (Palpatations, Fluttery Heart) which only come accompanied with the "uncomfortable feelings" (heartbeat is normal when I don't have these feelings). I have a fairly healthy lifestyle, not perfect, but good and am unsure of what my symptoms imply even after spending time searching through these forums. So i was wondering can anyone help point me in the right direction? (Didn't know which section to put this thread )

Thanks in advance,

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Old 09-07-2007, 01:31 AM   #2
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Re: Irregular hearbeat.

Sean,
I would go and have this check. I was going with the same symptoms for years and my GP kept saying that I am too young for something severe or that happens to everybody.
Well, I ended up at the hospital with severe palpitations, irregular heart beats and went home with the monitor for 30 days. Guess what - they catched what was the problem finaly - I got Atrial Fibrillation and it can be dadly if not treated: stroke, blood clots, etc. Now i am going on cumadin, beta-blocker etc.
so go and talk to a good cardiologist and good luck to you.

 
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Old 09-07-2007, 03:43 PM   #3
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Re: Irregular hearbeat.

Thanks Moldova,
hmmmmmmm. I have booked an appointment with the GP but what i dont understand is if it was a abnormal palpitation i surely would have other symptoms and it would be constant. Can anyone please explain?

 
Old 09-07-2007, 05:50 PM   #4
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Re: Irregular hearbeat.

Hey! I have had an irregular heartbeat since I was 14 and I get palpitations too. I'm 20 now and I have had a follow up 24hr halter monitor study done every year. The pvcs (premature ventricular contractions-- another name for my irregular heartbeat) have actually lessened. So maybe you have something to look forward to. I had numerous studies done on my heart because a serious rare heart disease called ARVD was suspected when I was 14. After going to John Hopkins Hospital in Maryland for a number of studies, including an MRI where they could see my heart beating real-time in 3-d on the screen, they said my heart was in PERFECT physical condition and these things just HAPPEN. they have diagnosed them as benign and do not know the cause of them. My specialist told me that you have your 2 nodes that send out electrical impulses. the nodes are made up of specialized cells with properties that allow them to send out these impulses. His theory is that undiagnosable irregular heartbeats occur when a small group of these cells is somehow separated from the 2 nodes and starts to send out signals of its own. He assured that if this is what happens, The two MAIN nodes will ALWAYS override the irregular heartbeats, so the condition is no cause for alarm. He told me I'm no more pr less at risk for a heart problem that anyone with a perfectly beating heart. Now I'd suggest you get a 24 hour halter study done and I also had an EKG and echo cardiogram before I was sent off to a specialist. You don't want to just forget about it, you should follow up on it, but chances are at your age it will be something like mine, or something else small. Just thought I'd give ya some ideas. Good luck!!!
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