I can remember having palpitations since high school. They would hit only once. Like a thud and it would be over. No chest pain, no shortness of breath, no dizziness, etc; it was just a little scare. They never truly bothered me because they would only happen every once in a while. But I did go to our family physician once because I was slightly concerned, but she told me it was probably just stress or caffeine and to do yoga to reduce my stress.
Now Iím 22 years old now and still having palpitations. Most of the time itís only the one thud and itís done. Again, no other symptoms. But last June, I experienced what I believe was a panic/anxiety attack with palpitations. Probably due to all of the thinking I do (Iím a complete hypochondriac).
Anyway I went to the ER and the doctor checked me out. Said it was nothing major at all, referred me to a cardiologist if I was really concerned and I was released. I shouldíve felt better, but I think since this day all I can think about are my palpitations. It was the scariest day of my life. And I never did call the cardiologist. I figured they wouldnít find anything either.
After doing some research on palpitations I thought maybe they might have been associated with my menstrual cycle, with the ever-changing levels of hormones throughout the body.
I would have one or two palpitations for 3 to 6 days and then they would disappear for 2-3 weeks, until they showed up again. This has pretty much been the pattern for the past couple of years.
Now this past January, my grandma passed away. The first significant person in my life to lose. And itís been difficult. I feel like Iíve been having even more palpitations or Iím more aware of them now? Sometimes 5 or 6 in a day. And sometimes I even have chest pain. I know itís probably from stress. Until I found out my grandma had heart problems all throughout her life and she actually died from coronary artery disease. This completely scared the hypochondriac inside me.
My mom tells me to calm down because there are thousands of people just like me. And if something really was wrong with my heart, the doctors would have found something by now. So I guess Iím hoping to find some people like that on here to help because this is really scary.
Anyone have any stories, tips, advice, etc related to palpitations?
Thanks for reading and any responses!