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Heart flutters

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 16, 2008
  • 03:07 AM

I am a 22 year old female. I have a son who is just about a year old. When I first became pregnant (before I even knew) I went to the emergency room for heart flutters. I have had them before, but just one or two and then they would go away for weeks. When I went to the E.R. they had been going on for 2+ hours. At the time they did an EKG and told me it was due to lack of sleep and caffine.

To make a long story short . . . about six months after my son was born, I began having very severe panic attacks. My doctor prescribed Sertraline (generic of Zoloft) and I have been doing very well. Until recently. I cut caffeine out of my diet completely about three weeks ago, and all of a sudden my heart has began fluttering again, every so often. I know I can be a nut case. And I hate to be one of those people, but does anyone have any suggestions?

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  • Look up intermittent tachycardia. Also delayed postum depression.
    rad-skw 1605 Replies
    • February 16, 2008
    • 00:54 PM
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  • I have this too. Does it feel like a flip-floppy feeling or skipping? I have both. Some days it can be really bad and then go for weeks without anything. I'm on atenolol which is suppose to help with it but my dosage is so low right now due to my doctors thinking its the cause of my hair loss that it isnt helping well. When I was on the 50mg it helped alot! I drink coffee - half caf - and dont notice any difference with it. Yes it can be brought on by stress and anxiety. I have a panic disorder. If you've had your heart checked out by a cardiologist which I'd recommend just to be sure, and everything is ok you'll feel a little better about it when it happens. It is considered normal from what my doc has told me. If it's really bothersome you could ask for a beta blocker which may help but it also lowers your blood pressure and heart rate so you have to be careful with that if yours are normal. I know what you're going through and yes it can be scary at times. Get checked out by a cardio doc. I wish you well with it.
    tori1138 2 Replies
    • February 16, 2008
    • 02:33 PM
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  • I started having heart flutters (palpatations) into my 6 month of pregnancy and after a full scale lab test and ECG it was determined that my potassium levels were low. I started taking potassium supplements and it was better. After my daughter was born, I started having really bad tremors and high blood pressure and had to go to the ER. My lab results showed low magnesium and potassium levels and I had to get both intravenously. I take both as a vitamin supplement and that seem to work fine. I still occassionally have muscle weakness and in my research of hypomagnesium, muscle weakness is one of the symptoms. So I think my levels are borderline. Hope this helpsMattie
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 16, 2008
    • 03:05 PM
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  • Yes, it feels exactly like a flip-flopping feeling. I have had an EKG done before, and everything came back normal. I will make an appointment though. Thank you, so much!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 16, 2008
    • 05:27 PM
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  • mdterry, How high was your b.p.? Mine has been higher than normal since about my third trimester, approximately 130/90. When I mentioned this to my doctor he said "that blood pressure won't kill you. It would have to be that high for the next fifty years to cause significant damage." I think this is odd however. I only weigh around 110 lbs. (I am 5'6.) My blood pressure should be lower than that. I will mention to him that I would like to have my potassium and magnesium checked, in the meantime, I will down some serious bananas.Thanks.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 18, 2008
    • 02:49 PM
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