... I've been feeling worse lately. I've looked around the web trying to see different disorders and so far I've narrowed it down. Either arrthymia, a murmur, or inappropriate sinus tachycardia. The last seems to fit most.
It's difficult for fellow heart patients, here on HealthBoards to say, either way. Once your cardiologist finds out what is causing your heart to beat in an abnormal fashion, he can prescribe appropriate medications to improve the function of your heart; or suggest some other approach to fix your heart.
Could it be inappropriate sinus tachycardia? I have an appt with the cardiologist on friday, this week. But I'm just wanting to ask around before hand. Thanks!
Just in reading your basic symptoms, inappropriate sinus tachycardia seems to be a pretty good evaluation, on your part. You might be a good candidate for medical school!
Good luck at the cardiologists tomorrow! I hope that he can prescribe something, that you can tolerate, that will fix your problem and make you feel better than you have in a long time!
But.... for now, seeing that your condition has recently worsened, you might consider avoiding any physical activity, or eating too big a meal, or doing anything else that might stress out your heart or make your condition worse.
Thanks for replying! I had the appointment and wore Ana extremely uncomfortable holter monitor, but won't really find out until April what the readings showed. During the appt, he told me my heart was fast but normal (100 bpm). He said it could just be me but since I'm having this fluttering and short of breath (which is getting worse, and I have this when waking now and resting and it's scary..) he's going to have me to an echocardiogram and echo stress test. This is on next friday.
He brought up a good point that maybe its thyroid issues and these feelings of a fast heart are is from that, but it wouldn't explain the flicking and palpitations I get. My mom said I could just be one of those people who are conscious of their heart... I don't know. Either way, I just need something to fix this Laying in bed now and I just can't breathe, and my hearts fast.
So I for sure won't be doing ANYTHING until I can find out what this is or some way to fix it ahead of time.
Just FYI: I'd never heard of "accelerated photoplethysmography" so I did a search on it. Didn't find anything from a reputable source. Did find a manufacturer's website, but there weren't really any signs of authenticity and the operator's manual for the device was written in poor English. Regular photoplethysmography is a technique that researchers are considering for cardiac testing, but it's not ready for clinical use yet.
Bottom line, believe what the cardiologist tells you, not what this chiro tells you.
And until you get some definite answers, the one thing I seriously recommend is to stay away from caffeine or other stimulants. (No coffee, no regular tea, no soda, no chocolate.) Possibly try some deep breathing/meditation, it really does reduce heart rate.
It's "autonomic balance and accelerated photo plethysmograph". not sure exactly where you were looking or where you are, but it's pretty well known and used by professionals. Without it I would have kept these issues at bay because I was thinking it was just me. This is a test that looks into your heart, measures elasticity of the arteries, blood flow, heart rate and everything else. I don't think you were searching the right thing, but thanks for the thought.
I've had caffeine all my life and have yet to have symptoms. I know it seems like it would cause a fast heart rate, but not for me. If anything it calms me down. I'm getting to the point where no exertion or stimulants cause this short of breath and fast heart. It happens at any time, which is extremely irritating and debilitating. After this coming appt for the stress test and what not, it won't be until April when I know the results. Having thyroid and other blood tests done on Friday when I go and have a physical. A just in case so we can rule everything out. Anyway. thanks for the comment.
breathing/meditation, it really does reduce heart rate.