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Old 08-19-2012, 12:05 PM   #1
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Heart racing for no reason

So i know that this may be a weird but question i have. In the last few months i have been going through spells where my heart feels like i am running a marathon but in actual i am sitting down and relaxing. its like i am moving fast paced but am not. does any body know what this is or what can cause it. i have discussed this with my doctor and have had numerous testing on my heart to see if i have any abnormal findings and everything always comes back ok. it is kind of concerning to me that this keeps happening. has anyone else have this happen to them.

 
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:09 PM   #2
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Re: Heart racing for no reason

Hello Shannon, I have gone through that for many years, only to be told everything is ok. I was put on meds to slow my heart rate down because like you it would just start racing whether is was sitting down or sleeping. The meds unfortunatly stopped working for me so now my dr is going to do a procedure on me to see why it keeps racing and while he's checking it out he's going to attempt to fix it, via going through my groin. I am so not looking forward having it done but then I'm relived that the problem will be fixed. Go back to your dr and demand something be done, I mean your heart dosen't just take off for no reason. Like the specialist told me, even though nothing shows up on an ekg, holter monitor or an echocardiogram dosen't mean it dosen't exist. He said, "too much heart racing can cause damage to your heart and ultimately be trouble for you later" that freaked me out so that is why I decided to have this procedure done. Good luck and please keep us posted

 
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:42 PM   #3
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I have had a eco done, tredmill stress test, the radio active stress test, halter monitor, ekgs numerous of them, blood work, everything under the sun. he said my heart is healthy as a athlete. there are heart problems in the family that is what concerns me the most. i go back next week and i gotta tell him to look into it some more because this time it happened, i was driving and i had to pull over. kinda freaked me out a bit

 
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Old 08-19-2012, 06:12 PM   #4
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Re: Heart racing for no reason

Greetings Shannon2012! Welcome to the Heart disorder healthboards! One of my friends had a procedure done to stop the racing of her heart and it still raced after the procedure was done. Sometimes if people don't drink enough water it has less blood volume so it must work a little faster to pump the smaller volume of blood around. I hope the needed support is found my sympathies. A cardiologist with a 5 star review might shed some light on it. Of course everyone makes their own health care decisions in life. Peace, sjb

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Old 08-20-2012, 01:38 PM   #5
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Hi Sjb, the procedure your friend must have had is probably cardiac Ablation. The reason he/she may have not worked is because when they went in to ablate it, it was too close to their natural pace maker. If the electrophysiologist that is performing the procedure feels it's too close to damaging important nerves they wont do it. I'm almost positive that is why it didn't work for your friend, otherwise it's 95% successful.

Shannon, I hope everything works out for you. Please take care and yes keep us posted

 
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:59 AM   #6
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i go into the doctor on friday.... i called and said i needed to be seen, so they fit me in. so hopfully ill have answers on fiday or shortly after

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:37 AM   #7
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Shannon, I do so understand. The really wonderful news is he says your heart is as good as an athlete's! That should make you feel like a million bucks. Here's what I suggest. I have the same thing and have for decades. I take medication to slow my heart but it really doesn't work that well. I suffer from anxiety. The tachycardia is caused by anxiety and probably the mitral valve prolapse I was born with.

Now sometimes when I feel like my heart is racing, I get out my heart rate monitor and take my pulse. More often than not, it's perfectly normal. Have you done that? I suggest you do. It may not be racing at all. You may have a super awareness of your heart, which many people have including myself.

If it actually is fast, I suggest you do some slow breathing. If you have a iphone or ipad or ipod there are a ton of apps, many free, to teach you how and to help you. They do work. You may need some stress management and you can do that yourself in most cases.

 
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:12 PM   #8
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i have done that as well, actually my father suggested it too. he has heart problems so that why he told me to keep track. the weird thing is ,my heart rate runs on the low side all the time like between 50 and 55. the doctors say that is normal it kind makes me worried though. it hasent happened again but i am keeping mysel aware of any abnormal feelings that i am having. the doctor looked at me and said that he is sgocked that my heart is so healthy because i am on the heavier side but its a myth that heavy people are a butt load of problems but i dont not anymore. i had gastric bypass in october and lost 140 so far so i am doing well. they at first thought it was because my body was changing because of it but that was ruled out. i do go on friday to get a check up so they can see if everything is ok and most likely get the halter monitor again to make sure that nothing registers.

 
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