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Heart Palpitations

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 17, 2007
  • 05:23 PM

I am 28, male, under more than normal stress. I have been treated as having anxiety and stress issues. I have had lots of work done by several doctors including a cardiologist and I have been told that I am in great health, but I need to reduce my stress.

In my battle against stress and its many many symptoms, I still have two disturbing symptoms that never seem to go away. I have chest pain on my left side that will last for 5 -30 minutes at a time and lots of heart palpitations. I have about 5-20 heart palpitations per day. It hasn't had a really negative side effect yet that I know of, but it is stressful, 20 times a day it feels like my heart is going to stop. To battle my stress I need to know if this is bad.

Basically I am wondering if anyone out there has a similar problem with palpitations and if they can comment on the danger of this symptom and if they know of a way to limit them?

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  • I kind of have the same problem. I dont really have chest pain but I have heart palpations all the time.. about 5+ per minute ( no joke) Some day I will have them every couple seconds. or 4 or 5 in a row. it doesn't hurt but it freaks me out. I feel like sooner or later I will have one and my heart wont start back again. I am 25 female. heart disease runs in my family so i wonder if i should be worried about this.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 19, 2007
    • 09:05 AM
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  • Sound like what you're having is PVCs or premature ventricular contractions. And guess what, it's nothing to worry about. So that's the good news, the bad news is that doctors don't really know what causes them in everyone (however, stress has been linked to some), and you may have to deal with them for a while, or even the rest of your life. PVCs happen when your ventricals pump before they've had enough time to completely fill up with blood. It is scary. I actually have them myself(why I know so much about them). But they are nothing to worry yourself over. You're not going to die and your heart isn't going to stop beating. I also have problem with stress and anxiety, but this is one thing that you don't have to worry about anymore. Even though it feels funny and it scares the heck out of ya, it's nothing to worry about. :)
    NurseCJT 25 Replies
    • January 19, 2007
    • 09:13 AM
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  • Just to clarify, with both of you, I have heart palpitations, so my heart goes:Beat..., Beat..., Beat.............BEAT, Beat., Beat.., Beat..., Beat...,I also get a weird twitch - feels like my heart is having a muscle spasm:Beat..., Beat..., Beat.......Beat,Beat, Beat......Beat, Beat,Beat,......Beat..., Beat...,Is this similar to yours. Its like a palpitation where my heart seems to stop for a second, then rapidly quivers and starts beating again. It will do this several times in a row, sometimes for no reason and other times when my heart rate reaches about 150 bpm. So hard to describe, but it really frightens me, especially when I am exercising.I also have chest pain when I am stressed - left side, feels like a tooth ache in my chest. It will last minutes or hours - stress related?? It would greatly help me deal with stress if I knew this was not harmful.I have had a lot of work done and apparently my heart is fine - so I am hoping it is just stress.Thank you
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 19, 2007
    • 06:10 PM
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  • If your not taking anny digitalis medication, or nitro, or anticoagulant the best supplement is the mother of hearts...Hawthorn berries or flowers and leafs. On a regular basis for life if you wish. No side effects have ben reported and that ias ben used for centuries... It regulates heart beat so its stedy as a clock, slows it down by saving it work (it actualy helps the filling of blood in the heart so it rebuilts the muscle it self)and its the best thing for arythmia and stress related heart prob. Its great for cardic insuficiency (need to consult a naturopath if theres medication) and after strokes or acv. You can make a tea but for best results get Hawthorn berries from Trophic Electric institute in capsules...3 a day for a while. As soon as things get better you reajust , mabe after a week or 2 you Look into it it was my best bet. I dont go a day whithout it!!!:) :) :)
    stillsearchin 5 Replies
    • January 22, 2007
    • 01:40 AM
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  • I had a similar experience, but because I have the best Dr. ever, he suggeted that I wear a Holter monitor for 48 hours to see if it picks up any abnormalities. I also have low BP. Sure enough I was diagnosed with PSVT. My heartrate would escalate to 140-160 bpm. I was feeling light headed and had a few occasions where I almost passed out. It felt like everything around me was in a fog. GOOD LUCK!!!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 22, 2007
    • 08:10 AM
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  • I had a similar experience, but because I have the best Dr. ever, he suggeted that I wear a Holter monitor for 48 hours to see if it picks up any abnormalities. I also have low BP. Sure enough I was diagnosed with PSVT. My heartrate would escalate to 140-160 bpm. I was feeling light headed and had a few occasions where I almost passed out. It felt like everything around me was in a fog. GOOD LUCK!!!!!For some odd reason this post didn't post. I'll try again
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 22, 2007
    • 09:02 AM
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  • interesting symptoms... i have "mytral valve prolapse", where the symptoms are what you described. mine comes from too much caffine..i've had tests done & saw a heart specialist. they advise staying away from all caffeine. the heart trouble may still continue though. it seems caffeine affects about 10 percent of the population this way. also, mytral valve prolapse isnt fatal (just feels funny), & it'll never cause any problems. only thing is if you ever go for a surgery, you need to tell them so they can give you an i.v. of an antibiotic (because theres a slight chance that the heart can become infected during surgery). mytral valve prolapse, if thats what you have, has something to do with a valve in the heart- as it slips sometimes blood goes into or out of the chamber at the wrong time (thats whats going on in there). this sounds like what i have. however, if you arent into caffeine at all, then it could be something else.
    dudbubbin1 37 Replies
    • January 22, 2007
    • 09:20 AM
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  • Thank you for the replies everyone. I was fairly heavy into caffeine, I would drink a few XL coffees or french vanilla's a day and eat a bit of chocolate. But since all of these problems started, almost a year ago, I have cut all coffee, chocolate and pop from my diet and the heart palpitations have worsened over this time period, but so have my stress levels. So hard to pinpoint the cause.Actually my dentist asked me if I had any heart problems, I need a root canal and he mentioned the potential for a heart infection. I take Enrel to treat rheumatoid arthritis. Enbrel is an immune system surpressor, so I am more proned to infection. I guess I got a little scared because no doctors have diagnosed my heart issue. **I might have a heart issue, going for oral surgery and having a compramised immune system, kinda made me think...But on the day to day note - it is nice to hear that similar symptoms are not life threatening, though it is still scary when your heart beats all funny.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 22, 2007
    • 02:58 PM
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  • Um, here is what I found on the enbrel website:All medicines have side effects, including ENBREL. Possible side effects of ENBREL include:Serious infections Many occurred in people prone to infection, such as those with advanced or poorly controlled diabetes Some serious infections have been fatal Rare cases of tuberculosis have occurred What not to do Do not start ENBREL if you have an infection, such as an open sore or the flu, or are allergic to ENBREL or its componentsWhat to do Tell your doctor if you are prone to infection or have had hepatitis B Stop ENBREL if a serious infection occurs Contact your doctor if you have questions about ENBREL or develop an infection Tell your doctor if you have ever been treated for heart failure Serious nervous system disorders, such as multiple sclerosis, seizures, or inflammation of the nerves of the eyes Tell your doctor if you have ever had any of these disorders or if you develop them after starting ENBRELRare reports of serious blood disorders (some fatal) Contact your doctor immediately if you develop symptoms, such as persistent fever, bruising, bleeding, or palenessIn medical studies of all TNF blockers, including ENBREL, a higher rate of lymphoma (a type of cancer) was seen compared to the general population. The risk of lymphoma may be up to several-fold higher in rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis patients The role of TNF blockers, including ENBREL, in the development of lymphoma is unknownThis is a seriously strong med.It is possible that this drug could be causing your symptoms. Are you taking any other meds? Please consider trying acupuncture to help with the RA and palps. It is very helpful. To find one near you please visit www.acufinder.com and type in your zip code. At this point I find that when Western medicine doesn't offer a good treatment for my symptoms, then I as a consumer can go elsewhere to get relief: acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy, etc are very good and worth trying. Hope this helps.Doctor of Oriental Medicine
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • January 22, 2007
    • 04:23 PM
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  • Anyone else?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 25, 2007
    • 03:35 PM
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  • I started having chest pain that would sometimes be mild pain and sometimes drop me to the floor by age 16. I went to the doctor and found out I had an irregular heart beat and the wanted to do more tests but they didn't think that anything was wrong with me. I did not have health insurance and could not continue to have more tests. I worried through these pains off and on until I turned 23. A friend of mine who was taking an anatomy class massaged a knott in my back (caused by serving or bussing tables since I was 16). The knott is inbetween my spine and my lower sholderblade on my left side. The mussles released from this massage go all the way around my chest, down my left arm and over my sholder. I felt lop sided for the rest of the day after the massage! I regularly have my back massaged by a friend and I haven't had any stabbing chest pain since!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 25, 2007
    • 11:27 PM
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  • Acuann.. I totally agree Embrel is very stong.It was given to me for psoriasis after 2 shots I broke out in hives.. so I stopped it. not good for all people, especially if you tend to have other sensitivities, as I do. I just live with the skin I was given!!!!!!!:)
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 6, 2007
    • 11:50 AM
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  • i had palpitations for about 10 yrs, went to er at least 2 or 3 times a year, they gave me meds to take it back to normal,last year my cardiologist referredme to a electrophysiologist at mcv hospital in richmond va.he did a cryoablation on an extra electrical circuit. i had that done sept 2006,now i can breathe easier and have had no palpitations!!!!!!!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 10, 2007
    • 11:43 AM
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  • I have had heart palp's for three years now. First event was an SVT, then another one that went into Atrial Fibulation. PVC's were frequent. I had a lot of anxiety issues also. I was put on verapamil and it somewhat controled it but I think the real reason was eventually we found out that my iron stores were slowly being depleted and finally I developed iron deficient anemia. Started on 150mg of Iron twice a day and am at my two month mark and feel a lot better. Can almost say It feels like there is not even a heart in my chest because I don't feel all the odd beats. If your a female and having these symptons I would ask your doc to do an anemia panel.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 10, 2007
    • 07:16 PM
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  • I too am on enbrel, and have begun to have the palpitations. I do remember hearing from my derm that there is a chance of harm to the heart from enbrel, buts its reinforcing to see another person also on enbrel having these symptoms. I'm going to see my dr. ASAP.Thanks,Jason
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
    • 05:39 PM
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  • I just started having heart palps several months ago (PVC's I think) and it's starting to worry me. It started suddenly, with 2 or 3 every few minutes and after about it week it went down to just a couple a day that are hard to notice. My worry is that just within the past few weeks I've started feeling slight pain and tightness in my upper left chest. I'm a fairly healthy and active person (25 year old male) and given that I've been desperately searching for a good job in the past 6 months it could easily be stress, but it still scares me. I guess my question is: given that I don't have health insurance, should I go to the doctor right now and pay the bills just in case.. or should I wait until I have insurance?
    Ryehard 1 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
    • 06:14 PM
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  • Hello All. My Name Is Janelle And I Am 23. I Have Been Having Heart Palpitations For About A Year Now And I Cant Figure Out Why. I Have Had Echos And Holters Done With No Sign Of Anything Wrong. I Kind Of Feel Like These Palps Are Connected To My Stomach Somehow But I Cant Quite Figure It Out. I Had Ugi,ultrasound Of My Abdomen And And Sfbt Done And Everything Is Normal. My Doctor Gave Me Protonix But It Doesnt Do Anything. I Really Need Some Kind Of Advice. I Feel Like I Am To Young For This. But They Wont Stop...i Cant Even Lay On My Left Side Without Getting A Palp..i Really Feel Somehow These Are Connected To My Stomach But I Cant Figure It Out. I Dont Have Acid Reflux...so Its Like Where Do I Look..if Someone Can Please Assist With Any Advice Or Same Relations Please Email Me At lucky11662006@yahoo.com Or Reply On The Forum...any Advice Or Similarites Are Welcome...thanks Janelle
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
    • 09:19 PM
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  • Another thing to look at for palps, especially if all tests come back normal, is vitamin/mineral deficiency. Get a good quality calcium/magnesium supplement and see if this helps your symptoms. Take in evening for best effect if you get them while sleeping. Also include EFA's and folic acid. Doctors often overlook a deficiency and aren't trained to look for signs, except maybe for anemia... The very best liquid supplement I have found (and I've been searching a long time!) is called INTRAMAX. Go to www.druckerlabs.com for more details on how to order - it is only sold through healthcare professionals.This stuff is just fantastic! Hope this helps.DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
    • 01:08 AM
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  • The heart beats in excess of 100,000 beats per day and thus it has many opportunities to mis-fire. I personally get upwards of 20,000 PVCs daily. I recommend you continue working to reduce your stress and possibly consider dietary supplement including fish oil, st johns wort and stress tabs containing vitamin b; I also wouldn't be overly concerned about the small number of PVCs your getting at this time.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
    • 04:03 PM
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  • I definately have heart palpitations, and i can say they are the most annoying thing on earth. But I have learned within the last few weeks that palpitations are caused from STRESS, ANXIETY, and even caffeine. So maybe when you do reduce your stress your palpitations will reduce too.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 27, 2007
    • 03:34 AM
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