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What is the worst that could happen?

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  • Posted By: HelpinOhio
  • November 23, 2008
  • 02:36 PM

Im an 18 year old male, Ive been to a heart doctor, and he said it was possible that I could have a minor arrythmia. He didnt say what type of arrythmia, but it was minor enough that it was almost normal and he didnt feel anything needed to be done.

My main question is: whats the worst that could happen with a minor arrythmia?

I had several EKGs, echocardiagrams, chest X rays, and a holtor 24 hr heart monitor during when all of this was going on. On the echocardiagram and the holtor monitor it said I was fine, I had about 4 EKGs and only 1 of them said I had a minor arrytmia. I have several other symptoms that I wanted to ask about though. I was in gym running hard for about 12 mins and then my heart all of a sudden made a vibration feeling and started beating maybe 150 bpm but really hard for a few mins, after I sat on the sidelines for about a minute it switched back all of a sudden, it wasnt gradual at all. What was that? is that bad? Also, my extremities turn white/blue a lot of times especially when Im cold and I get lightheaded when Im standing up a lot of times. What is that? Thank you.

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  • Hi,A minor arrhythmia is usually nothing to be worried about. They may caused by alcohol, stress, caffeine, exercise, smoking, or be idiopathic (no known cause); though they may be a symptom of heart disease. However, In combination with your other symptoms it is worth looking into.The extremities symptoms are called raynaud phenomenon, and feeling lightheaded while standing is orthostatic intolerance. The sharp rise and drop in heart rate you once experienced could mean you have chronic orthostatic intolerance and postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS), or something more serious. Did you describe all these symptoms to the cardiologist (heart doctor)? If not, you should certainly do so. I also suggest you see a neurologist to rule out any ANS problems.Good luck,Steven
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 26, 2008
    • 08:18 PM
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  • Thanks. Ill look more into chronic orthostatic intolerance. When I was in gym it was the scariest, because I didnt know what was going on. My heart was gradually going up as I was running, but it went up very fast all of a sudden after like 12 mins. I got scared and felt kind of lightheaded. I thought I was going to have a heart attack. Im now convinced that theres nothing serious going on with my heart. I had all those tests done, and they said I was fine. And like I said, it was a lot of tests: several EKGs, echocardiagram, chest X ray, holtor monitor, complete blood test, and more that I forgot. I figure something with the heart should have showed up there. I looked into chronic orthostatic intolerance and the similar ones a little, and it does seem that I have a lot of those symptoms. For example, today I was standing up in the shower for maybe 15 mins and I became very lightheaded and weak, it was hard for me to go on, also my hands and legs became purple and kind of numb. Ill try drinking more gatorade and taking in more fluids and salt, since it said that helps out a lot and it says thats the best treatment, theres no cure but it says most people grow out of it in time.
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    • November 28, 2008
    • 00:24 AM
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