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I'm 15 and need help figuring this out..

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 30, 2006
  • 06:56 AM

I had a fever when I had the flu and the doctor clocked my heart-rate at 177. He didn't do anything, they just thought I was scared (Which I wasn't). But that started a whole sleugh of doctor and hospital visits to try to find out what was wrong with me. I had to have several blood work and EKG's. I had to wear a portable heartmoniter for 3 days. Here is what we found. Please help me figure out what is going on and what I have so I can understand it.


My heart-rate got up to 150 without a fever. I did nothing but relax during this. I'm not that active. I'm slim so it has nothing to do with obesity. At night time while I am sleeping it is 50. Normal. The heart specialist said that I must jsut be an emotional child. But my mom knew that wasn't it because I'm not that emotional at all. So then my doctor diagnosed me with Tachycardia. I went to look it up and find out that there are different viarieties of it and I don't understand the medical terms to figure out what I have.

This was about 2 years ago. I live in a new city and state since I moved from Hurricane Katrina. So calling the doctor isn't an option.

Also, I was warned not to drink energy drinks and high amounts of caffine because it will raise it up. I can't participate in sports or PE. I was warned about not letting it get up to 180. I don't even know how to stop it if it does. And what happens if your heartrate gets up to 180? Why is it so dangerous. Thanks for any replies.

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  • What do you mean, " calling the doctor isn't an option?" It sounds to me thatthe first thing you should have done when you got in your new home would be to find a new physician in the area. I don't know much about heart problems,but when you hit 177 for a heart rate when you're relaxed....!! I'm sure someone with more knowledge on this will reply. You need to get a doctor andshare your medical history with him (her). Your so young, please take thisseriously and take it easy until you see a new doc! OK? Peace, Butchy
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 2, 2007
    • 02:35 AM
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  • you might want to look into WPW syndrome. I had it and you sound how i felt when i first got the symptoms...except for i would even faint....here is a good websitehttp://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4785
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 2, 2007
    • 10:46 PM
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  • Honey, you must be my twin. I am now 19 years old and my tachycardia started about 2 years ago. First of all, don't freak out. More than likely there isn't a single thing wrong with you. However, you do need to monitor your heartrate. I am a nurse and here is what I advise you to do. Please take my advice. Find you a good cardiologist and have then do these things: an echocardiogram, an EKG, and a stress test. And if you can't get your medical records from your previous doc from when you had to wear the heart monitor (which is called a holter monitor in medical terms) then your new cadiologist may want you to wear another one for his own records on you. An echocardiogram is an ultrasound of your heart. It is very similar to the ones that a pregnant woman gets at various stages of pregnancy. It doesn't hurt at all and is done to make sure that there are no abnormalities of the structure of your heart. An EKG, which I'm sure you've had before, is kind of like a fingerprint of the electrical activity of your heart at the time that the test is performed.And during a stress test, all you have to do is walk on a tredmill while your heart is monitored. This test is just like an EKG except the electrical activity of your heart is monitor for a longer period of time to see how your heart reacts to exercise or stress.And the holter monitor which you said you had to wear for three days, is like an EKG except the activity is recorded for days at a time. This is done so that the doctor can get a good idea of what your heart is doing through out a normal day of life for you.If all of these tests come back normal (other than a increased heartrate) more than likely you have what is called sinus tachycardia. Sinus tachycardia is a regular heartrate (regular meaning that you have no abnormal beats and the rhythm of your heart is regular and your heart doesn't skip beats or have any extra beats) which is fast. (Broken down the meaning is like this: sinus means regular or regular rhythm, tachy means fast or increased above normal and cardia means pertaining to the heart. Therefore: Regular fast heartrate.) I am no doctor here and I want to stress that to you. You do need to have all of these tests done and get a physician's opinion. But if you do have sinus tachycardia (which is also what I have) it can definately be lived with. Your doctor may prescibe medication to keep your heartrate at a normal level. For example: I take a low dose of Toprol XL (which is a classification of drug called a bata blocker) it is also and most oftenly used to treat high blood pressure. But it is effective for me. This doesn't mean that it will be effective for you and only a doctor can say what will work for your situation. I hope that this helps in your search for a diagnosis and a solution. P.S. Don't get down if a doctor tells you that you may have to be on a medication for the rest of your life. Once you get a diagnosis at least you know what it is and you can treat your symptoms. Good luck!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 3, 2007
    • 06:15 AM
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  • I agree with the nurse, (oddly because I'm a respiratory therapist), you should have the echo and the stress test. Emotions shouldn't be making your resting heart rate hit 150. Time to find a new doctor.....
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 4, 2007
    • 03:26 AM
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  • In the meantime before you go back to your doctor or seek a new one, eat healthily, cutting caffiene may help, and try more relaxation techniques... whatever works for you whether its taking an hour out of your day to lay in the bathtub (noise controlled), or practice yoga, or meditation and deep breathing exercises... whatever, little things do add up!
    springmonster 3 Replies
    • January 4, 2007
    • 08:55 AM
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