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Heart palpitations

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  • Posted By: jgrisham
  • February 2, 2009
  • 06:54 PM

I am a 32 year old female and for a year now I have been having heart problems. It started out that I would have skipped beats almost continually for anywhere to 5 minutes to 45 minutes, and sometimes this would happen a couple of times a day. I went to the ER twice for this, they told me it looked like SVT and told me to rub my neck when it happened, but it seemed these episodes would happen for no reason, and if I exerted even just the littlest bit of energy it would trigger these episodes. Finally I stopped having this problem and got a new problem, heart palpitations. Once before I had a bout of palpitations when I got pregnant with my second child, it lasted a few days and never happened again, now it haunts me. My doctor says it is stress, but that it what they always say when they don't want to mess with you. My doctor put me on Verapamil and Metropolol because a 2 day holter monitor test showed tachycardia with my highest rate at 170 bmp and lowest at 56bpm but said my beats were normal just fast, it also showed PAC's and PVC's. The medicine has helped some. Sometimes I go weeks with nothing feeling fine, then out of the blue I have days or weeks when I have them all day, and it seems when I have them my heart beats faster and harder, and I am not feeling stressed out until this happens. 2 cardiologists have refused to see me because they say there is nothing wrong. Also alot of times when these palpitations happen I am having bad hot flashes, as a matter of fact I have hot flashes all month long these days. My questions are: What is wrong with me? (any clues), Could this be hormones even though I have regular periods? Could there be better more effective medications I could be taking? I have also been diagnosed with high blood pressure, any connection to any of this?

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  • This is a long shot, but please ask your doctor to rule out pheochromocytoma. Good luck! :)
    Felsen 510 Replies
    • February 3, 2009
    • 08:21 PM
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  • Okay, I've read your posting and under certain circumstance, pheochromocytoma would be worth evaluating in the presence of some of your symptoms. Typically, however, no exertion is necessary for the body to respond to the effects induced by this type of tumor. The mention that the SVT has generally diminished or is absent would tend to argue against the presence of a pheo since the effects just grow worse with time. It still is worth the simple blood test to rule it out. I write for a forum that I also host that is on a server with some friends at Cal-tech and it deals with the very symptoms you describe. If you choose to visit, you'll find that there are literally hundreds of people who visit there and have the same symptomatology. You may access the forum freely and no solicitation is permitted there, so it's a fairly pleasant experience. The forum is located at http://palps.chemicalforums.com/cgi-bin/YaBB.pl Benign heart palpitations can indeed occur as a consequence of stress of various kinds, including emotional stress, hormonal and other physioligical stress such as GI disturbances. Spend some time at the site and read the testimony of others who experience your symptoms. I believe you will find it both interesting and comforting. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • February 4, 2009
    • 00:38 AM
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  • I am a 32 year old female and for a year now I have been having heart problems. It started out that I would have skipped beats almost continually for anywhere to 5 minutes to 45 minutes, and sometimes this would happen a couple of times a day. I went to the ER twice for this, they told me it looked like SVT and told me to rub my neck when it happened, but it seemed these episodes would happen for no reason, and if I exerted even just the littlest bit of energy it would trigger these episodes. Finally I stopped having this problem and got a new problem, heart palpitations. Once before I had a bout of palpitations when I got pregnant with my second child, it lasted a few days and never happened again, now it haunts me. My doctor says it is stress, but that it what they always say when they don't want to mess with you. My doctor put me on Verapamil and Metropolol because a 2 day holter monitor test showed tachycardia with my highest rate at 170 bmp and lowest at 56bpm but said my beats were normal just fast, it also showed PAC's and PVC's. The medicine has helped some. Sometimes I go weeks with nothing feeling fine, then out of the blue I have days or weeks when I have them all day, and it seems when I have them my heart beats faster and harder, and I am not feeling stressed out until this happens. 2 cardiologists have refused to see me because they say there is nothing wrong. Also alot of times when these palpitations happen I am having bad hot flashes, as a matter of fact I have hot flashes all month long these days. My questions are: What is wrong with me? (any clues), Could this be hormones even though I have regular periods? Could there be better more effective medications I could be taking? I have also been diagnosed with high blood pressure, any connection to any of this? You are very young to experience such extreme hot flashes. Do you have a lot of night sweats as well? Do you get headaches? Are you taking any medications other than verapamil including birth control or an IUD? DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 4, 2009
    • 02:59 AM
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