I am wondering if I could have a heart disorder. I am almost 24 years old and the mother of 2 children. During my first pregnancy, I had pre-eclampsia during my labor. Because of this, I was told by my doctor to check my blood pressure regularly at home as well as during my OB visits while I was pregnant with my second child.
We bought a digital blood pressure machine for our home and throughout my second pregnancy, the machine kept telling me that I had an irregular heartbeat. I asked my doctor about it and she checked my heartbeat during my next OB visit. She confirmed that my heartbeat was irregular but she was not too concerned about it. I gave birth to my second child this past February and have checked my BP periodically since - The irregular heartbeat did not show up since the birth.
Just tonight my Husband and I were decorating the house for our older daughters birthday tomorrow. I blew up about 3 or 4 balloons before I felt a fluttering in my heart. I told my Husband about it and he wouldn't let me blow up any more balloons, he did the rest. The fluttering has not gone away (it has been about an hour) and it feels uncomfortable. When I breathe in deeply, it is painful.
I checked my BP on the machine just 10 minutes ago, and my BP was normal but it showed an irregular heartbeat again. (Which I have not had since my pregnancy.)
In addition to this - My first child was born with a large VSD, a Right Aortic Arch, as well as a small abnormal mass of muscle in one chamber of her heart. Her cardiologist told us all this time that it was like lightning striking, there was nothing that could have caused it on our end during my pregnancy. They originally planned on her having to have surgery to close the VSD when she was about 4-5 months old. However, against incredible odds my daughters VSD started closing on it's own (and continues to close to this day) when she was about 2-3 months old and we never needed to have the surgery.
My sister has found out in the last few months that she has an ASD, and that she was born with it. It went undetected until this year (she is 26) when she started feeling her heart flutter as well as other symptoms which led her to have her heart looked at.
To your knowledge, with my history explained does it sound like I may have a heart condition? Is this something that I should have checked out right away? My Husband is an independent contractor and we therefore do not have medical insurance for ourselves. We have it for our two girls but that is it. What would your recommendation be in this situation? Thank you very much for your help in advance.