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My heart rocks me back and forth

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  • Posted By: George_88
  • December 23, 2009
  • 00:06 AM

Hi everyone!

I'm new here and I was wondering if anyone might be able to post some opinions on this.

I am anemic (hemoglobin count 11.6 last time, and rising!) and I also have low albumin. My GP suspects I have anemia of chronic disease and suspects low albumin is also because of chronic inflammation. I have Crohn's disease so that's why.

My heart beat is really strong and pretty fast (90-100 at rest - normal range I know but still faster than it should be). When I am sat here doing nothing, my stomach beats with my pulse. It's as if my heart was in my stomach and it pulses up an down. The hairs on my head shake with each heart beat and my heart rocks me back and forth slightly if I sit still. I can even hold a piece of paper out and my heart will make it shake around.

When I told my GP this he just looked at me and nodded his head with a little grin on his face as if to say "stop worrying, that's perfectly normal". Before I got a chance to say anything else he said "well, it could be an aortic aneurysm, but at your age, no. No way... now if you were 70 and coming in ... blah blah blah" he also said my stomach would be bluging if that was it, anyway.

This has been happening for about 8 months now. I've been to the emergency room about 5 times this year with chest pains, tightness, skipped beats and tetany due to panic. They always send me home after doing an ECG and blood test. I also had a chest x-ray once and always get blood tests. (I have regular FBC tests to monitor anemia and regular liver checks to keep an eye on albumin)

My GP keeps telling me my heart is fine and that "it doesn't happen!" to people my age (referring to heart trouble). I am 21, male. Not particularely fit right now and have not been that active due to Crohn's though I am changing this. I asked GP if it would make a difference, he laughed and said at my age, no.

What I don't get is there have been 1 or 2 days in the last 6 monhs where everything was totally normal. No palps, no stomach pulsing up and down, no shaking with each beat, no fast heart rate, no nothing!

I have been having a lot of anxiey over my health for around about the same time as all this started happening. I don't know what came first, but I don't really care to be honest.

Could this be anxiety? I don't see how? Anemia?

Please post your thoughts! thanks :D

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  • it is because you are worrying about it the more you think about it the faster your heart beats its like when you get ready to fight u get an adrenalin making your heart beat really fast i would stop worrying about it and for get about your heart and it will settle down i went to the docs to find that was all that was wrong and he was right i just relaxed and was all ok
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 12, 2010
    • 04:50 AM
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  • on those days when things are normal, did you happen to eat more salt and drink more water than usual? and what is your blood pressure??i ask because the fact that you're anemic, and have low albumin probably means you have pretty low blood/plasma volume (especially if you're dehydrated on top of it). you body's emergency systems are designed to make sure the same rate of blood flow reaches your brain and heart (the two most vital systems) whether you have the right amount of blood, or you lost a bunch into your stool from Crohn's. it does this by constricting your veins to shove pooled blood to your heart (makes heart beat harder), and by causing your heart to beat faster.only if your blood pressure is low or normal (and it doesn't conflict with any special diet for Crohn's of course) try the following:take a regular coke or a regular gatorade and put a tsp. of salt in it and drink it all. it is an easy way to boost blood volume. you may have to do this for a few days to see full results, but if you notice any lessening of your symptoms on the frirst day... they are likely due to low plasma/blood volume. especially if you're still bleeding internally (loosing volume) you may want to supplement with a good amount of protein, iron and continued gatorade+salt to build your blood levels and plasma volume back up as much as possible because ***when low blood volume occurs for a long time, your body releases norepinephrine and epinephrine (adrenaline) to keep your blood vessels constricted and your heart beating hard &fast--and high constant levels of those two can cause anxiety-like symptoms (which it sounds like ur having as well).best of luck!
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