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Fast pulse, lightheadedness, chest pain...

Posted In: Cardiovascular disease 9 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 20, 2008
  • 11:46 PM

I'm a 21 year old female, nonsmoker. I eat pretty healthy and exercise. I am average weight.

I've had a lot of "random" symptoms and I dont know which of them are related so here's a list:

-Cold hands and feet
-High sensitivity to cold; often feel very cold when others are warm
-Sometimes get pain in lower arms and legs, feels like blood isn't flowing
-Occasional stabbing pain in chest, usually to the left side
-Bruised and sometimes throbbing pain in left breast towards underarm
-Fast pulse (when I exercise it gets really bad and I get so lightheaded that my vision goes fuzzy). My BP is normal-to-low.
-"Exercise-induced asthma" -- the other day I went on a trampoline and within 5 minutes I was coughing, wheezing, and my throat/mouth tasted metallic like blood
-random nausea and/or lightheadedness
-heartburn, to the point where bubbles of acid float up to my throat. This happens whether I've recently eaten or not, doesnt seem to be a response to any particular type of food, and gets extremely bad whenever I get sick (sick meaning runny nose, fever, etc. not vomiting)

I've also had a couple of what have been labelled as panic attacks that went like this:
Suddenly get very hot and clammy
Get lightheaded, feel like someone is draining all life from me
Turn ghostly white
Go deaf
Vision goes fuzzy (eyes look glazed over to others)
Black sea rises from the floor
Faint
When I wake up I continue to feel lightheaded and weak for many hours afterwards
These episodes only happen when I stand up and I can stop them before the fainting if I sit down. I've never had any reason to be anxious when they happen so I'm skeptical of the panic attack explanation.

So...does anyone know what might be going on with me? Inhalers, antacids, and iron supplements havent worked. I'm tired of doctors saying there's nothing wrong with me. None of my friends feel like this!

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  • The same exact thing has happened to me. Twice. I am a mother of three. My children are three and under. I have had two of these episodes.....they told me it is called a Vasal Vega episode(spelling?). They are so so scarey. Mine have been stress induced FOR SURE. But the last one I had I was on Xanex that particular day and it didnt work for me. The last one had more of chest pain and left arm pain. It makes me wonder if I have a heart condition...maybe they don't know about. I wish I could find out more info as well. My episodes consist of a headache at first...then cold and clammy.....chest pain...left arm pain.....numbness down to my feet....then I can't speak very well...and then my eyesight goes blurred. Last one I had...I had all three of my children in the car with me and had to pull over. Please someone help me understand what is going on. Is it just stress induced??
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  • meldelorme, it sounds like you have a heart condition, you should certainly visit your doctor. Left arm pain is a sign of an ischaemic heart - i.e. angina attack.
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  • The same exact thing has happened to me. Twice. I am a mother of three. My children are three and under. I have had two of these episodes.....they told me it is called a Vasal Vega episode(spelling?). They are so so scarey. Mine have been stress induced FOR SURE. But the last one I had I was on Xanex that particular day and it didnt work for me. The last one had more of chest pain and left arm pain. It makes me wonder if I have a heart condition...maybe they don't know about. I wish I could find out more info as well. My episodes consist of a headache at first...then cold and clammy.....chest pain...left arm pain.....numbness down to my feet....then I can't speak very well...and then my eyesight goes blurred. Last one I had...I had all three of my children in the car with me and had to pull over. Please someone help me understand what is going on. Is it just stress induced??hey I almost died because I believed I had non Vagavasuclar syncope crap. I was told it was anxioty and several things even pcos. I was 9 months pregnant and it happend . I almost lost the baby. I was so swollen and fat that it did not stop this time. It went to 200 beats a minute and they had to stop my heart 2 times I was dead. I had a 40 grand heart surgery. So get insurance if you do not have it. Its a rythm disorder your born with. When I was 10 I would complain my heart was racing from running to the mail box. People would say I was parinoid. When I was 22 I went in they did tons of test nothing. Well now because I did not treat it I may have congestive heart faliure. Im 28. SO you call your doctor and you tell him that you were told in the past they thought you had svt or yell at them. Stand up for yourself. Tell them that your depression or panic can not make your heart rate go to 160... but if your paniced you can trigger svt. Stress and SALT! ok this makes no sense im typing and hodling a baby. But please google SVT- Theres no way of knowing if you have it really until they catch it on camera. Just remember its not anxioty, To stop it bare down like your taking a poop push really hard grunt in your neak..if that makes sense it can slow your heart rate down and save your life. Panic can but can not really cause it. salt and lack of rest is the worst. good luck... please please please call them and tell them your sure its svt go to a diff dr call around. say your not parinoid you count it at whatever beats you count. My used to be only like 120-160 ... they said ok anxioty... i know for a fact becasuse I might only have 10 years to live and that is not fair that its svt & other things. Svt is simple to fix they go in and fry out the bad receptors ... and you will be like wow it was not anxioty ... its like running it gets it going and like worrying uhhh gets it going so you think its you but its not... i can not explain it good luck and no salt it triggers it under 2000 mg a day if you think you could have it. you can google it and post a bettr reply.
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  • I'm a 21 year old female, nonsmoker. I eat pretty healthy and exercise. I am average weight.I've had a lot of "random" symptoms and I dont know which of them are related so here's a list:-Cold hands and feet-High sensitivity to cold; often feel very cold when others are warm-Sometimes get pain in lower arms and legs, feels like blood isn't flowing-Occasional stabbing pain in chest, usually to the left side-Bruised and sometimes throbbing pain in left breast towards underarm-Fast pulse (when I exercise it gets really bad and I get so lightheaded that my vision goes fuzzy). My BP is normal-to-low.-"Exercise-induced asthma" -- the other day I went on a trampoline and within 5 minutes I was coughing, wheezing, and my throat/mouth tasted metallic like blood-random nausea and/or lightheadedness-heartburn, to the point where bubbles of acid float up to my throat. This happens whether I've recently eaten or not, doesnt seem to be a response to any particular type of food, and gets extremely bad whenever I get sick (sick meaning runny nose, fever, etc. not vomiting)I've also had a couple of what have been labelled as panic attacks that went like this:Suddenly get very hot and clammyGet lightheaded, feel like someone is draining all life from meTurn ghostly whiteGo deafVision goes fuzzy (eyes look glazed over to others)Black sea rises from the floorFaintWhen I wake up I continue to feel lightheaded and weak for many hours afterwardsThese episodes only happen when I stand up and I can stop them before the fainting if I sit down. I've never had any reason to be anxious when they happen so I'm skeptical of the panic attack explanation.So...does anyone know what might be going on with me? Inhalers, antacids, and iron supplements havent worked. I'm tired of doctors saying there's nothing wrong with me. None of my friends feel like this!This sounds like SVT:A supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is a tachycardia or rapid rhythm of the heart in which the origin of the electrical signal is either the atria or the AV node. These rhythms, by definition, are either initiated or maintained by the atria or the AV node. This is in contrast to the deadlier ventricular tachycardias, which are rapid rhythms that originate from the ventricles of the heart, that is, below the atria or AV nodeSymptomsSymptoms can come on suddenly and may go away without treatment. They can last a few minutes or as long as 1-2 days. The rapid beating of the heart during SVT can make the heart a less effective pump so that the cardiac output is decreased and the blood pressure drops. The following symptoms are typical with a rapid pulse of 140-250 beats per minute:Palpitations - The sensation of the heart racing, fluttering or pounding strongly in the chest or the carotid arteries Dizziness, or light-headedness (near-faint), or fainting Shortness of breath Anxiety Chest pain or sensation of tightness Weakness in legs numbness in limbs
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  • Did you ever find the cause of your symptoms? I am a 21 year old male and I have experienced symptoms very close to those you described for nearly 1.5 years. I have seen multiple general practitioners, a cardiologist, GI specialist, and a neurologist (nothing found - although I don't trust my cardiologist's diagnosis). I would be very interested to hear what your issue was.I used to work out 6 days per week, and I was benching nearly twice my body weight. Since the arrival of my symptoms I haven't been able to lift weights at all due to a racing heartbeat that easily exceeds 160 bpm after a few pull ups. I also easily lose my breath when working out too.....
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    • January 22, 2010
    • 06:40 AM
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  • With your symptoms worsening espeically when you stand (and the ability to halt them if you sit back down again), it sounds like you also could possibly have POTS, or postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. It is caused by an abnormal autonomic nervious system (which also controls digestion, respiration, and the other "automatic" functions of the body). I have recently been diagnosed with it (it's somewhat rare, and usually only happens in females), and I have every symptom that you have described in your post, and then some. Do you also have periods of what I call "brain fog"... where you have trouble remembering things, finding the right word, and just basically can't function cognatively?The trouble with POTS is that not many in the medical community knows about it, so you might have to do some doctor shopping. dinet.com and ndrf.org both have listings of physicians who know about, and can treat, POTS. I hope that you find some relief soon, as I know first hand just how difficult it is to live with this disorder.
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    • January 25, 2010
    • 09:24 PM
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  • With your symptoms worsening espeically when you stand (and the ability to halt them if you sit back down again), it sounds like you also could possibly have POTS, or postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. It is caused by an abnormal autonomic nervious system (which also controls digestion, respiration, and the other "automatic" functions of the body). I have recently been diagnosed with it (it's somewhat rare, and usually only happens in females), and I have every symptom that you have described in your post, and then some. Do you also have periods of what I call "brain fog"... where you have trouble remembering things, finding the right word, and just basically can't function cognatively?The trouble with POTS is that not many in the medical community knows about it, so you might have to do some doctor shopping. dinet.com and ndrf.org both have listings of physicians who know about, and can treat, POTS. I hope that you find some relief soon, as I know first hand just how difficult it is to live with this disorder.I agree POTS....take a tilt test because everything else will be normal on labs and drive you nuts!! Going through it, too and the stuff gets worse so do not wait! Also, when you get the symptoms, drop to the floor and lie on your back so your heart resets itself and get up slow when you feel normal again. Stay safe and dont do more than you can tolerate. Your body sending you warning signs sweetie!
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    • February 14, 2010
    • 09:25 PM
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  • Wow, your symptoms sound just like mine...in fact it seems a lot of people on this forum have similar clusters of symptoms. I am a 22 y/o female of normal weight, with a good diet, who used to exercise regularly...until my symptoms got so bad I couldn't climb the stairs to my apt. without my heart pounding really fast and not stopping for a good 15 minutes despite resting. I haven't actually passed out completely, but i've definitely lost vision and toppled into things upon getting out of bed in the AM and started greying out after even just walking on the treadmill uphill for a while.I experienced facial cyanosis (face turns white-lips go blue) twice during moderate exercise on separate occasions...did that happen to any of you? I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis (autoimmune hypothyroidism) but treatment hasn't really done anything about my racing heart/shortness of breath issues.I was told by an internal medicine doc to have myself checked for adrenal dysfunction and cardiac abnormalities. You should do the same. I showed up with an irregular EKG: shortened PR-interval (indicative of either purely accelerated conduction through/around the AV node or left ventricular hypertrophy) so I am scheduled for a stress echocardiogram test tomorrow. The cardiologist is suspecting that if anything, I may have an abnormal group of fibers conducting around my AV node (one of the causes of SVT). Although, ventricular hypertrophy has been linked to hypothyroidism...leading to congestive heart failure. (I hope it's not that!!!) Hopefully the test tomorrow will give me some answers. I will post my results when I get them. Hang in there!
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  • I'm a 21 year old female, nonsmoker. I eat pretty healthy and exercise. I am average weight.I've had a lot of "random" symptoms and I dont know which of them are related so here's a list:-Cold hands and feet-High sensitivity to cold; often feel very cold when others are warm-Sometimes get pain in lower arms and legs, feels like blood isn't flowing-Occasional stabbing pain in chest, usually to the left side-Bruised and sometimes throbbing pain in left breast towards underarm-Fast pulse (when I exercise it gets really bad and I get so lightheaded that my vision goes fuzzy). My BP is normal-to-low.-"Exercise-induced asthma" -- the other day I went on a trampoline and within 5 minutes I was coughing, wheezing, and my throat/mouth tasted metallic like blood-random nausea and/or lightheadedness-heartburn, to the point where bubbles of acid float up to my throat. This happens whether I've recently eaten or not, doesnt seem to be a response to any particular type of food, and gets extremely bad whenever I get sick (sick meaning runny nose, fever, etc. not vomiting)I've also had a couple of what have been labelled as panic attacks that went like this:Suddenly get very hot and clammyGet lightheaded, feel like someone is draining all life from meTurn ghostly whiteGo deafVision goes fuzzy (eyes look glazed over to others)Black sea rises from the floorFaintWhen I wake up I continue to feel lightheaded and weak for many hours afterwardsThese episodes only happen when I stand up and I can stop them before the fainting if I sit down. I've never had any reason to be anxious when they happen so I'm skeptical of the panic attack explanation.So...does anyone know what might be going on with me? Inhalers, antacids, and iron supplements havent worked. I'm tired of doctors saying there's nothing wrong with me. None of my friends feel like this!
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