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Old 03-26-2011, 09:22 PM   #1
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22y.o. female w/ palpitations. Scared. Any advice/stories/tips?

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!

 
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Old 03-27-2011, 05:36 AM   #2
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Re: 22y.o. female w/ palpitations. Scared. Any advice/stories/tips?

In a healthy heart, they are more often than not harmless. They MAY be PVC's (harmless skipping beats) or just a forceful beat.

What tests did they do when you went to the ER? Blood, ekg/ecg, xray ect? I would see the cardio and not worry, if your only 22, you should not have anything to worry about, my pvc's and palps started when i was 21/22 ish now im living with them and healthy at almost 29. I posted this below message on another thread

"Hey! I want to share my story with you. Im turning 29 this year and have had pvc's come out of nowhere. First let me tell you what i have seen on the forums, there is no associations with sudden cardiac death and pvc's in a normal heart, heck my dad has CHF and a EF% of 25-35 and pvc's all the time and they dont bother him, still alive and kicking over a year since we found out.

PVC's are a simple miss fire of the electrons in the heart. I think (big think) it was my abuse to caffine, i drank a LOT of pop, i had a high matabalsim (sp?) so i never gained weight, and often drank 2 20oz to a 2-liter a day of pepsi, coke or MD.

They started off slow and started to get to where your wifes are, about 6-7 beats a minute. (about At first i saw my family doc, he said, yep, pvc's, gave me a beta blocker and a med to calm me down. after a while i started to seek out a specialist, not just a cardiologist, but a electrophysiologist. He is a doc that works only with the way the electronics of the heart works.

At first, he had given me verapamil 120mg a day, really did not help all that much. Then he upped the dose to 240mg a day and strapped on a heart monitor for a day and said, lets see what happens (the monitor happened after a week on the meds) at first, i averaged about 10k -12k a day in pvcs, docs generally say that under 15% of the total heart beat is ok.

well, the results surprised me and he was funny about it too. The pvc's were recorded at 6600 in that 24 hour period and all normal. He scoffed at it and said, i just saw a lady with 30k and told her to deal with it, (yes 30,000).

For the first few weeks i saw a small difference, then came the magic, about 3 months after starting the meds, the pvcs...just...stopped...

I would get maybe 3-4 a DAY on a bad day and NONE on a normal day..

Its been like that for over 3 years and i only see my doc 1 time a year now for a ekg, 2 minute chat and meds refill.

I might consider a AB procedure if i want to stop the meds, but for now, i get a 90 day supply for 10$ and i am content with taking meds for the rest of my days

Hope that puts your mind at ease, even if its just a little"

 
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Re: 22y.o. female w/ palpitations. Scared. Any advice/stories/tips?

Hi yes when a teenager about 16-18 a few years after puberty had started another person had palpitations and also menstrual difficulties with endometriosis to follow. It is said by some endometriosis may be related to Candida Albicans.

When the uterus is removed other things happen such as heart disease, dementias, Chrohn's and osteoporosis. The uterus and its organs somehow are beneficial to the others in the body. If the organs are put there it is my belief that if at all possible they should remain.

 
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Old 03-27-2011, 06:29 PM   #4
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Re: 22y.o. female w/ palpitations. Scared. Any advice/stories/tips?

Pretty sure I had an EKG when I went in. Docs said everything was normal. They listened for murmurs but didn't hear anything abnormal.

I really wish I could stop worrying about this.

But anyway, thanks for your post. It makes me feel better to hear other people who have these and are perfectly healthy. I think I just need that reassurance and to remind myself I'm not dying. :P

 
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Re: 22y.o. female w/ palpitations. Scared. Any advice/stories/tips?

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Pretty sure I had an EKG when I went in. Docs said everything was normal. They listened for murmurs but didn't hear anything abnormal.

I really wish I could stop worrying about this.

But anyway, thanks for your post. It makes me feel better to hear other people who have these and are perfectly healthy. I think I just need that reassurance and to remind myself I'm not dying. :P
The problem is, when you see a doctor, they automatically assume it's anxiety or it's in your head since you're young.

Anxiety is a common issue in people our age but it is not unheard of for people our age to have underlying heart complications. If random skipped beats through out the day is your only symptom then I would say stress/anxiety is what's causing them.

The more you think about it, the more your body reacts to that negative thought and anxiety. Anxiety can do a lot of things but you can never be 100% certain that you don't have an underlying heart condition until you see a Cardiologist and tell them you want some tests done. I know most people will tell you "it's in your head" "it's just anxiety" and it may be.. but you never know and doctors will usually dismiss young people immediately simply because of our age.

Get a stress test/echo done. The only thing an ER can detect is irregular beats/heart attack and it has to be happening at the time they have an EKG hooked up because if they don't find anything, they'll just assume it's from stress or all in your head and send you home.

I've read plenty of stories about people who later found out they were cured by going through therapy for their anxiety and I've also read stories about people who went from doctor to doctor, they kept telling them nothing was wrong and they had an underlying heart condition the whole time that was eventually found by a competent caring doctor, or until they had a serious episode. In your case, with only one symptom I really doubt you'd have anything to worry about but see a Cardiologist anyways and get some tests done, then you'll know for sure nothing is wrong.

 
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Hi you are welcome!

 
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