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Old 01-06-2010, 02:21 PM   #1
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Question Strange heart problems


I am a 27 year-old male and I have some weird thing going on with my heart approximately since the ages 18/19...

In the past years I've had a number of problems like arrhythmia, tachycardia, needle pinch-like pain in the heart area, knife-like pain in the heart area when under stress or laughing hard... etc.

Currently the problems are lower, but the thing is that I've been to a pulmonary/lung exam x-ray yesterday and my lungs-specialist asked me: "do you have problems wiht your heart?" - I got shocked and asked her "how did you guess, what do you see on the x-ray"...

She said she is not sure, but there might be some sort of an "artery lengthening above the heart" or something... she avoided saying anything, but sure scared the hedgehogs out of me!

Important details about my past heart problems...
- I was under tremendous stress druing my early 20s, was often the victim of verbal abuse in the family, during fights I often felt arrhythmia
- I had a period when following a family scandal I started feeling a strong needle pinch-like pain in the heart whenever I made a little effort: sat down, got up, laughed, walked up or down stairs... I could not do anything, felt like someone was stabbing me... lasted 2-3 months, then got cured because the family doctor gave me metoprolol
- family doctor said I had tachycardia, told me I have a vary fast pulse and asked me "are you under stress?" sure I was for many years!... sent me to EKG, but no problem was found...
- went 2 times to electrocardiogramm/EKG examinations in my life, but they said it was OK
- I never felt the brutal needle-pinch-like stabbing in the heart after the metoprolol treatment, but I still have irregular heartbeats, like the heart sometimes doesn't beat or beats faster or slower...
- only sometimes I get so stressed I see darker with my eyes, like my head is exploding... perhaps because of brutal conflicts I always hear between my parents...
- sometimes after jogging I have bluish/dark rings around my eyes and my eyes seem to swell a bit, but not very much... though noticeable, people stare at me on the streets like I was some sort of a Bettlejuice or something

I sometimes lift small weights and do running (not on a daily basis), only about 20 min/occasion... about 2 times/week.

I do have a positive attitude and sense of humor, but am very worried, is it something really bad or "just stress"?

I am worried about what my doc said about my x-ray...

From my descriptions, can anyone help me out?

I appreciate your kindness...


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Old 01-08-2010, 10:16 AM   #2
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Re: Strange heart problems

I assume the question of a vessel length relates to the pulmonary. An increased length could cause a decrease of the contractility force of the vessel. If that is true, then there could be a pulmonary pressure issue. Or an increased vessel length could crowd out or impinge on other organs functionality. Worst case scenarios.

Old 01-09-2010, 01:33 AM   #3
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Re: Strange heart problems

Perhaps it is pulmonary-related. I hope that after I resolve the lung treatment it'll get better... I did experience more rhythm disorders these days during the strong cold.

I would go to a doctor, thing is that in the country where I live, they just do an electrocardiogramm, take your blood pressure, listen to your heartbeats and that's it!

Not sure what could determine if there is a problem.

On my x-ray I saw sort of a wider white space just above where the heart can be seen. I also have scoliosis to the left on my vertebral column, so that could also contribute to the image.

Thanks for helping!

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