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Old 04-25-2012, 06:09 PM   #1
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Question Ventricular tachycardia and gasping for air - middle of the night

Hello Everyone,

I read the message boards and noticed that some people were experiencing something relatively similar to my own symptoms but I thought I'd post my experiences to see if anyone has any input.

I am a 22 year old male and for the past 4 months I have been experiencing heart racing events (around 130-140bpm) and gasping for air in the middle of the night. It happens twice a month and approximately 1 hour after I fall asleep.

The event is approximately 5 minutes. When it occurs I try to take slow deep breaths. Last week after awaking to a 5 minute episode I calmed down and 30 minutes later it occurred when I was awake. I began to feel light headed, clammy, my skin was pale and my heart was beating so fast it felt like it was going to explode.

My father called 911, my BP was around 200/94. I followed up with my GP. ECG and basic labs were normal and I'm awaiting a cardiologist appointment scheduled 2 months from now.

Health wise my BMI is 22 and I have no problems doing a 30 minute jog at the gym. I do have acid reflux but it is completely under control (symptom wise at least). I stopped caffeine but still experience events. I thought perhaps sleep apnea but I don't snore and I sleep on my side.

Any advice is greatly appreciated!

Thank you.

Last edited by Vince22; 04-25-2012 at 07:15 PM. Reason: "Ventricular tachycardia" was changed to "heart racing events".

 
Old 04-25-2012, 07:05 PM   #2
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Re: Ventricular tachycardia and gasping for air - middle of the night

Are sure you have Ventricular Tachycardia?
Ventricular Tachycardia is a potentially life-threatening arrhythmia because it may lead to ventricular fibrillation, asystole, and sudden death.

You really should be seen by a Cardio earlier than 2 months.
I'd be trying to get an earlier appointment.

Good Luck.

 
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Old 04-25-2012, 07:13 PM   #3
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Re: Ventricular tachycardia and gasping for air - middle of the night

Thanks for your reply Vyking.

You're right. I probably missclassifed the VT. All I know is that my heart is racing and it jumps from about 60bpm up to 140bmp. I'm going to edit my previous post just so nobody gets confused.

Unfortunately the earliest cardiologist appointment I can get is June 16th. My GP told me to go to the hospital if something happens in the meantime. But it is a pretty terrifying experience which is why I'm appealing here for some advice.

Thanks again,

 
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