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Old 10-19-2010, 06:45 PM   #1
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Serious heart palpitation

Hi gals,

Have to post a question today. I have had heart palpitations on and off for the past year or so and believed they were related to peri. Some of them have been quite strong and some have felt like they actually have taken my breath away. But today I was driving to pick up my daughter at school and I had this extremely strong one that seemed to flutter and last for a long time. I then began to feel like I was going to pass out and had to stop by the side of the road and sit there for awhile. Has anyone passed out by one of these palps or felt like they were going to? It truly was the worst one I have ever had and completely scared the witts out of me. I haven't felt "normal" ever since it happened, kind of dizzy or just feel out of whack. Any thoughts on this?

Missy

 
Old 10-20-2010, 04:50 AM   #2
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Re: Serious heart palpitation

Cough very hard and deep when you have a palp and the heart should right itself immediately. I read this in a magazine article several years ago and it has worked for me - and my sister!

 
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Old 10-20-2010, 02:38 PM   #3
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Re: Serious heart palpitation

Yes, I have posted about mine I'm sure. I had some really strong ones, one time it lasted almost one hour and I felt like I would pass out, also I feel odd for the rest of the day. They are so scary and I went to the doctor and he did the heart monitor and ultrasound and they came back normal. I also exercise and that brings them on. I think it is just one scary peri symptom.

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Re: Serious heart palpitation

I have plenty of heart palps Not a single one has ever made me feel like I was going to pass out. If they run for a long time, sometimes I get fatigued. Probably from my frustration and allso because I'm probably not breathing as relaxed as if I weren't having palpitations.

I would say if you don't have it happen again, I would assume it was a fluke palp. If you continue not to feel right then maybe have it checked by the doctor. It could have been the way you were sitting in the car that made this one worse. I know sometimes when I'm bent over or sitting curled up on the couch my palps can feel harder than when I'm standing up or walking around.

All I have to say is peri s*cks!

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Old 10-20-2010, 06:38 PM   #5
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Re: Serious heart palpitation

Missy,
Make sure that you have had enough to drink. If you have low blood pressure, this can happen. You could be dehydrated. Also if you have low potassium levels. That would have to be checked by your doctor. I get them pretty bad sometimes too. Usually if I don't drink enough, I get them more often. I had a bad one while driving also. Felt light headed and weird. I thought that it might be related to hot flashes but I don't get hot. The closer I get to 50 the more palps I get. They happen daily now. Hope you feel better soon.

 
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Re: Serious heart palpitation

Thanks gals I knew I could count on you!!! Feel better today but now I am scared that it will happen again. I truly thought I was going to pass out driving and I am sure that couldn't be good! When your palps happen does it feel like fluttering? Mine in the past have felt like a skipped beat or something, this one was really different. I had an EKG done about 2 years ago and everything was fine, but this one really scared the heck out of me. Now I am afraid to go to the doctor to have it checked out because I am afraid they will find something wrong and now I am also afraid to drive (this just isn't good because I drive alot). I guess the extreme health anxiety is kicking in again!!!! Just when you think you're over one thing, boom something else comes along. I really hate this crap!

Thanks again to all of you.
Missy

 
Old 10-20-2010, 09:27 PM   #7
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Re: Serious heart palpitation

It looks like you've got it figured out, but EKG's are not always accurate and they can't detect everything.

I strongly recommend getting a stress test.

 
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Re: Serious heart palpitation

Typically, it isn't skipped beat or a flutter...it is actually an off beat. Your heart beats the correct number of times but they aren't spaced normally. So instead of beat - beat - beat - beat, you get
beat - beatbeat - beat with the total time of the beats correct but two are close together and then the next on- beat seems like a ka-boom. Hope that makes sense!

 
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Re: Serious heart palpitation

That's a pretty good way to describe them.
My mom and I both get mild heart palpatations, they scared the hell out of me before I knew what they were!

 
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Re: Serious heart palpitation

I started to get palpitations about this time last year and they steadily increased in amount and force. I had no idea why. I've had them happen before and my doc, just to humor me, did a 24 hour Holter Monitor test where you wear the EKG for 24 hours. At that time he said it was pretty normal.

So I just assumed it was stress when they kicked up last fall. But by January they were full time around the clock and made me catch my breath when really forceful. I could actually see my heart jumping out of my chest when lying down.

I finally went to see my doc in late January expecting to get another lecture on stress and how pals were insignificant. Instead, they did an EKG and told me to wait for the doc. He came in carrying the EKG strip and showed it to me. One half of all my heart beats were PVC...pre-ventricular contractions. PVC's are not considered dangerous until they get that bad and then they can have an impact so I needed to go on meds and have an echocardiogram done to see if I had anything wrong with my heart. They could actually see the heart muscle working when I got the PVC's...it was kind of neat.....and reassuring. It was then that I found out that my Holter Monitor test showed that 2% of my heartbeats were PVC's. It was just building up.

Once the test was done, I started on metoprolol(a beta blocker) and it helped with the PVC's but didn't stop them. I had to keep increasing the amount I took. So my doc switched me to diltiazem(a calcium channel blocker)and they stopped and have not returned.

Moral of my stupidity in not seeing my doc earlier is.............see your doctor. Get an EKG and echocardiogram if necessary. Find out what type of palps you are having as some can be very dangerous and some aren't. Or as I found out, the non-dangerous type can become dangerous when they get too bad. I pop 1 pill a day and they are gone. No big deal...and I feel so much better and non-distracted.

It may be a big nothing and it probably can be treated. See your doc and find out. Passing out at the wheel could kill someone else....is it worth the risk of possibly killing a child crossing the street because you were too afraid of bad news?

Jenny

 
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Hi gals,

Have to post a question today. I have had heart palpitations on and off for the past year or so and believed they were related to peri. Some of them have been quite strong and some have felt like they actually have taken my breath away. But today I was driving to pick up my daughter at school and I had this extremely strong one that seemed to flutter and last for a long time. I then began to feel like I was going to pass out and had to stop by the side of the road and sit there for awhile. Has anyone passed out by one of these palps or felt like they were going to? It truly was the worst one I have ever had and completely scared the witts out of me. I haven't felt "normal" ever since it happened, kind of dizzy or just feel out of whack. Any thoughts on this?

Missy
You describe a condition that I also suffered from a few years back. My worst moment was when I was in my backyard and the palpitations were so bad I thought I would faint, so I sat down on the ground. When the Faintness subsided, I drove myself to the ER. They immediately took me back and hooked me up to the monitor.

The Heart Specialist came in later and asked some questions. Then he told me he would like to do a heart scan before he made any final decisions. The following morning I was wheeled in and a heart scan was conducted. I was diagnosed with a serious condition called Wolfe-Parkinson-White Syndrome.

This may not be your problem but since it is so (instantly) deadly, I would very strongly advise you to see a doctor. Now. In the meantime, Google this condition. If you have WPW Syndrome it can kill you instantly and without warning. Driving down the road with your child in the car, it can palpitate and you would be dead before your head hit the steering wheel. Please see a doctor.

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You describe a condition that I also suffered from a few years back. My worst moment was when I was in my backyard and the palpitations were so bad I thought I would faint, so I sat down on the ground. When the Faintness subsided, I drove myself to the ER. They immediately took me back and hooked me up to the monitor.

The Heart Specialist came in later and asked some questions. Then he told me he would like to do a heart scan before he made any final decisions. The following morning I was wheeled in and a heart scan was conducted. I was diagnosed with a serious condition called Wolfe-Parkinson-White Syndrome.

This may not be your problem but since it is so (instantly) deadly, I would very strongly advise you to see a doctor. Now. In the meantime, Google this condition. If you have WPW Syndrome it can kill you instantly and without warning. Driving down the road with your child in the car, it can palpitate and you would be dead before your head hit the steering wheel. Please see a doctor.

 
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Missy, there are some well intended but scary posts on this thread. Please don't get too frightened yet. So many of us have these darned things. Some of us have them sporadically, some more often, some more forcefully and some slight. They can vary depending on what you ate or drank or didn't drink.

I'm going Tuesday for my echo. I've had these stupid things since the beginning of Sept pretty much everyday. They have let up from when they began but they are still present most days. I will let you know how my echo went. I'm a little nervous thinking that there will be some heart problem found and that is what is causing my palps. Or I'm still just going through a dramatic hormonal shift and these are the result of that. I don't know.

But please don't think you're going to keel over and die any second. And if I were you, I wouldn't even worry about it happening again. If it does, go to the doctor. But if you went in now with this one incident, I highly doubt you would get much help from your doctor other than and EKG and a holter monitor. If it happened again then definitely go in for some peace of mind.

 
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Old 10-22-2010, 08:41 PM   #14
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Re: Serious heart palpitation

Hi gals,

Thank you all for your responses and past experiences, it is really good to know that I am not alone experiencing this. I have seen my doctor in the past for the heart palpitations and was told it was from anxiety, but you all have made me think and I will call on Monday for another appointment to get it checked out again.

I would like to respond to Jenny and LadyOrangeDog's post though. I would NEVER, NEVER put my daughter or any other child, human being or animal in jeopardy due to something that happened to me while driving. I did not get in my car that day thinking that I was going to have some kind of palpitation, it just happened and I did the right thing by pulling over until it passed. My daughter is a teenager and when I picked her up she was the one that drove home. I appreciate your experiences you have shared with me and hopefully it will be something easily fixed for me. I appreciate the importance that you brought to this post and that is what has given me the strength to go back to the doctor as scary as that might be. That's what I really like about this board, you talk to so many different people and you get so many different opinions. I will post back after my doctors visit.

Titchou - thanks that is exactly how it felt.

Irisrose - thanks for the kind words, they are comforting when I started to panic reading these posts.

Missy

 
Old 10-27-2010, 10:48 PM   #15
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Missy I've had these funny heart beats since I was in my early 20s. They seem to get worse during my period. I have noticed, however, that over the last year they have improved. I barely ever notice them now. I've been taking magnesium supplements for two years now, which are apparently good for regulating the heart beat, and I also now take vitamin B12 supplements (for the last six months) so I don't know whether the magnesium and B12 has helped. I've been to numerous doctors who've all said they were nothing to worry about, and I've had a stress test too. The 'long' palps are very scary though, I know - I've had a few of those.

So to get to the point - by all means see your GP but also consider maybe checking iron, B12, magnesium levels just in case. cut down coffee, soda, sugar, cigarettes too if you smoke - because these can cause them too.

 
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