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Old 12-17-2012, 05:24 AM   #1
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My heart rhythm seems to be always 95

Hello people,
My heart rhythm seems to be always 95. The highest I have had is 118 (during an attack). I don't have chest pains but I have felt pressure in that area. Some days, I have nausea all day long. On a rare occasion, I feel dizzy for 2 seconds. My hands are often cold and get red, specially during winter. My hand issue has been with me since I was 10 years old. I am now 35.
Sometimes, I feel vibration around my heart. Sometimes I feel like bubbles in my chest just like another guy in these threads described.
I feel like I'm going to die.
This is ruining my life.
1 week I feel almost ok as if it fixed itself, then the next week it comes back.
I was feeling ok for almost 3 weeks, thinking perhaps this hell is over and I can look for work, then an attack happened again, had to go to hospital.

Now, I can't really leave my bed. My heart beats hard. It seems to be getting better. I can at least sit at my computer for couple of hours. I can go for 15 minutes walk.

Does anyone else have these problems?

 
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:49 AM   #2
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Re: My heart rhythm seems to be always 95

I have a high heart rate too, usually in the 90s, often around 110 to 120 if I'm doing anything other than sitting. I have normal to low blood pressure, around 95/65. I tried taking a beta blocker, but it made my blood pressure too low and I felt worse (even on a 1/4 of a pill). This all started for me in the last year or so. I'm not overweight, don't smoke or drink, exercised regularly. My cardiac catherization showed no blockages. I'm currently taking a small dose of an ACE inhibitor to help reduce the workload of the heart, but the doctors seem baffled by what is causing this. I feel lousy most of the time too -- lightheaded, short of breath, chest tightness. It's ruining my life too. I had to stop working and stop most of the sports I enjoyed doing. Also had my thyroid checked as this is often a culprit of an unexplained high heart rate, but no, it was fine.

 
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Old 12-19-2012, 07:58 AM   #3
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My pressure is always around 120/75 so they consider me normal and I haven't been referred to a specialist. Blood test normal, chest x-ray normal, EKG normal. The second time I was at the emergency, the doctor said they could do a 24 hour holter monitor but I need to have a family doctor so that they would send the results to him. Well, I don't have a family doctor, so they won't do the monitoring. The Canadian health system is insane.

In your case, it is good that they did cardiac catherization. It can put the mind at rest.

 
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Re: My heart rhythm seems to be always 95

The most common cause of high heart rate that is persistent is an overactive thyroid gland. I would make sure your blood tests that were done included thyroid tests, and if not, see a Dr to get them done.

 
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:02 AM   #5
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My heart rhythm seems to be always 95. ... Sometimes, I feel vibration around my heart. Sometimes I feel like bubbles in my chest just like another guy in these threads described. ... My heart beats hard.
I've had heart failure and permanent Atrial Fibrillation for over 25 years, and I feel better at 70 than I did when I was much younger, when my heart failure was much worse.

My heart never wants to beat normally. However, I have learned how to keep my heart from beating too fast, or too hard; and I have learned how to keep my heart pumping fairly well.

I have also learned that the key to good health, in my case, is to keep the blood pressure at healthy levels 24 hours per day. Easier said than done, but I have gone from an average blood pressure of 160/97, 24 hours per day, to a healthy blood pressure average of 122/72, 24 hours per day. I learned how to attain health blood pressure by taking my blood pressure 32,000 times over a period of 13 years and analyzing the results, notes and experiments.

Basically, the path to getting a heart to behave itself is to keep the adrenal glands from stimulating or irritating the heart. Why does this make sense? Well...... most heart medications try to block or inhibit stimulating and irritating hormones from the adrenal glands.

I documented my path to better heart health in a thread titled What I have done to survive Heart Failure & AFib with a high quality of life. at the link: http://www.healthboards.com/boards/heart-disorders/742271-what-i-have-done-survive-heart-failure-afib-high-quality-life.html I don't expect anyone else, with less chronic and life threatening health problems, to follow my lifestyle changes, but perhaps something(s) in what I'm doing might give some ideas?

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I was feeling ok for almost 3 weeks, thinking perhaps this hell is over and I can look for work, then an attack happened again, had to go to hospital.

Now, I can't really leave my bed. It seems to be getting better. I can at least sit at my computer for couple of hours. I can go for 15 minutes walk.

Does anyone else have these problems?
Before the attack happened again, did anything significant happen in your life or environment? Any new furniture or appliances or electronics? Any change in diet?

Another possibility is that the change in season brings an excess in different pollens in the air. These pollens can excite the adrenal glands, causing heartbeat and heart rhythm problems, and can also increase the blood pressure, among other health problems. For instance, it is tree growing season down here in South Florida, and I've had to increase my efforts to keep my heart beating beating as well as possible.

I hope that you are feeling better by now. Have a merry Christmas!
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:39 PM   #6
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Re: My heart rhythm seems to be always 95

With your blood pressure, you should be able to tolerate a beta blocker or calcium channel blocker to slow your rate and stop that pounding feeling. But it is important to rule out excess thyroid hormone production. Also avoid all caffeine since it stimulates the heart, and keep well hydrated, as dehydration will cause a fast heart rate too.

 
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Old 12-21-2012, 08:31 AM   #7
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Re: My heart rhythm seems to be always 95

I measured my heart rate in bed a few times while I was well rested. I'm getting 77, 80 and 82. It seems that if I get up and move around, heart rate goes up. If I walk for 10 to 15 min, I get critically ill at 95 bpm.
The main problem is feeling the heart pound and nausea and difficulty in concentrating (I would have difficulty in listening to you during a conversation).

There is an occasional twitch that seems to come from my veins. Does that make sense? Very weird.

And also, my hands get red and cold. I think I have a circulation problem and this has been with me since I was 10.

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Basically, the path to getting a heart to behave itself is to keep the adrenal glands from stimulating or irritating the heart. Why does this make sense? Well...... most heart medications try to block or inhibit stimulating and irritating hormones from the adrenal glands.
That's possible, but I wonder, can't they analyze the chemicals in your blood and tell you if that is the actual problem?
They did do a blood test the 3 times I have been to the hospital. They didn't tell me specifically if my hormone levels were good. I would have to go back and ask.

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Before the attack happened again, did anything significant happen in your life or environment? Any new furniture or appliances or electronics? Any change in diet?
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I hope that you are feeling better by now. Have a merry Christmas!
Thanks. Merry christmas.
Your case seems very difficult and you had to endure that for 25 years.
Mine has only been 5 months. This is hell.

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With your blood pressure, you should be able to tolerate a beta blocker or calcium channel blocker to slow your rate and stop that pounding feeling. But it is important to rule out excess thyroid hormone production. Also avoid all caffeine since it stimulates the heart, and keep well hydrated, as dehydration will cause a fast heart rate too.
Yes, I would like to go back to the doctors and ask if they have done thyroid test. I assume they have. I would like to try a beta blocker. I have cut out caffeine entirely. Drinking more water and juice and milk.

I just wish I knew if this is going to auto correct.
So far, I have only seen 1 person write that after 2 years, his problem cleared up.

 
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Old 12-21-2012, 12:04 PM   #8
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Re: My heart rhythm seems to be always 95

I seriously doubt they did thyroid tests in the ER. Why not see a cardiologist to get to the bottom of it. You probably need an echocardiogram and 24 hr Holter monitor, which the cardiologist could do as well as thyroid tests, and prescribe a beta blocker to slow rate down. The red cold hands could be Raynaud's, a vascular spasm that occurs intermittently, and is seen in some autoimmune disorders. ER docs just want to rule out life threatening illness and they do not delve into causes etc like other docs do.

 
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Old 12-26-2012, 12:56 PM   #9
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Dear justaguy300 --

I'm lots older than you but around age 50 or a bit before, began getting horrible palpitations -- would feel the racing pulse in my throat and one time, decided to get a free blood pressure and pulse check at the local mall, courtesy of Red Cross nurses there for the day. By the time I had that done my pulse was thru the roof. Nurse did not say how high but said, "wow, tachycardia!" Told me to 'calm down' and perhaps see my doctor. I clearly had worked myself into a nervous wreck over even the PROSPECT of the minor test at the mall, so convinced was I that I was really 'sick.' I'm still here, 13 years later...

There are a few comments in your memo that make it sound like you have a lot of anxiety about this, recognized or not. That does NOT help. I finally went to a cardiologist and he put an event monitor on me for two full weeks since palps were not constant. All he recommended after that period was over was Atenolol, a beta blocker, very low dose. He said I had 'benign sinus tachy.' These arrythmias come and go over time, become more obvious with age, and are dealt with fairly easily by a good and patient doctor. People with this issue tend to 'scare' easily as feeling weak and faint and anxiety ridden and those palps in throat or chest are VERY disconcerting. You can put your own self into a full-blown panic attack with this thing.

My primary care doc, a woman my own age, knowing what I went through (and continue to be bothered by from time to time, like at THIS TIME OF YEAR even without obvious 'stressors') -- asked me some time ago a bunch of questions about what's going on with me when I get a 'run of palps.' I got the impression she was thinking about another patient's woes or even her own self.

Here's what makes matters worse: Being overly tired and/or LACK OF ENOUGH SLEEP; too much caffeine, even too much chocolate or caffeinated soda. Avoid all except Decaf coffee and tea, and ALCOHOL makes it worse, most definitely. Smoking, too. Any stress at all, could be good OR bad stress -- excitement over an upcoming event or vacation, or bad stress like an argument with someone, a deadline at work or school -- you name it , can make this worse. The mind has a huge impact on the body.

Lately, after many months of feeling nothing, I've experienced some bad palps that last up to a minute or two, then resolve on their own especially when I cough hard, a long-recommended way to jolt the heart back to normal rhythm.

People young and old have this condition and variants of it, but bear in mind that it does tend to be more noticeable or crop up for the first time as we 'age.' That could mean 'aging' to age 30 or as late as 55 or 60. Women and men seem to be bothered at the same rate. I know women AND men with this complaint.

Above all, try to RELAX and know you are in good company. The more the docs tell you they can't find anything, the better the news IS. Fact is that many many people have rhythm issues, most do, in fact, it's just that most are not aware of them often and yes, they are usually more noticeable when we are 'adults.'

There's a great book on the market called "From Panic to Power." Don't remember the author but look it up on Amazon or at a bookstore. It's really helpful and helps you see the difference between 'real' illness and anxiety/panic which, BTW, have lots of the same symptoms as heart rhythm issues. Good luck and check back to tell us how you are doing. And please try to stay CALM! Happy New Year!

 
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:02 PM   #10
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To ladybud : Sorry for the delay. I wanted to go to the clinic and get a record of my papers but that is not going to happen anytime soon bc it is the holiday season, and admin office or archives are closed. As for the cardiologist, the system here is such that you have to see a regular doctor at a clinic and he can write a reference for you. Until now, the ER doc and clinic haven't taken my case seriously, so I have not seen a cardiologist. The doctors here are extremely overbooked. Even for a holter monitor, I was refused bc the waiting list is very long.

To cheer up : I'm sure that anxiety does play a role in everyone but there are 2 possibilities : 1. you have anxiety and no other problems. 2. you have a problem and it is causing you anxiety.
All I know is that when I'm feeling my worst (strong pounding, high heart rate, veins or muscles moving/twitching), it scares me.
Yes, I have cut out caffeine (cola, tea, coffee), I don't drink or smoke, I reduced my chocolate intake.
I get enough sleep, although I wake up 3 or 4 times.

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Lately, after many months of feeling nothing, I've experienced some bad palps that last up to a minute or two, then resolve on their own especially when I cough hard, a long-recommended way to jolt the heart back to normal rhythm.
You are lucky that it is rare in your case. But what is your condition? Do you have just anxiety or something else? What are you worried about?

Happy new year to all!

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Old 01-01-2013, 11:26 AM   #11
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I went to the local clinic again. This time, the doctor prescribed metoprolol 25 mg. Not much else to report besides my extreme nausea disappeared 3 days ago (3 days straight). I some some minor chest pain that lasts 2 sec on a rare occasion but those have disappeared in the last 3 days (3 days straight). All that is left is chest discomfort and almost continuous palpitations.
I haven't taken the metoprolol yet. I'm going to start tomorrow.

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