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Sudden Racing Heart

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 1, 2007
  • 06:25 PM

I have been having this problem for about 5 years and have talked to numerous doctors. Absolutely no one seems to have any idea what I'm talking about. My heart will sometimes start beating extremely fast very suddenly and for seemingly no reason. Most times it is triggered by me bending forward or even leaning forward slightly. These do not happen during stress or anxiety of any kind. I could be completely relaxed and just bend forward to perhaps pick something up, and for some reason my heart just loses control. It is so frightening. One doctor said I was hyperventilating which may be true because some times I can get it under control if I continue to exhale out as much air as I can stand right when it starts. I've tried breathing into a bag when it happens, sometimes that helps and other times it does not. These episodes can last anywhere from a few minutes to up to half an hour. It is embarrassing, and when I try to explain it, people look at me like I'm crazy. I'm 35, and weigh about 120 lbs and live an extremely healthy lifestyle. I eat very healthy and practice yoga almost daily. I feel like I should not be having this problem. I've been to a cardiologist that performed every test on me including EKG, ECG, stress test and holter monitors. He had no explanation for me and told me that based on these tests, my heart was healthy. That was reassuring but solved nothing. One doctor thought perhaps it's asthma attacks, I've been on asthma medications and that also has not helped. I've tried dietary changes, taking calcium and magnesium supplements, still nothing. Bloodwork thus far has all been normal including thyroid, potassium, etc. Is it coincidence that this all started after my first child was born? I hemmoraged severely after his birth, but doctors have told me that shouldn't be causing this either. I truly have a wonderful life with a great husband and two beautiful children. I am not a stressed out person and don't believe these are panic attacks. I do not consume any caffeine. This really is the only thing in my life causing me great stress. Has anyone ever heard of this? I feel like I'm the only person on earth that has ever experienced it. Please let me know if you relate to this or if you have any suggestions. Thanks to all!!!

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  • Look into Dysautonomia http://www.dinet.org/ and Hyperadrenergic POTS. What is your blood pressure during these episodes? I have something similar, however low blood pressure is an important symptom of the form I have. It could also be a Pheochromocytoma.
    applebyka 1 Replies
    • February 1, 2007
    • 08:54 PM
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  • I have the same problem. racing heart.... had tests and event monitor for a month....... doc says I am just wired for rapid heart....hmm loud noises are a problem for me.. but cant control those.... am on lorazapam....helps a bit......doc says I have sinus tacchycardia.....not a real help thou...... and I faint.. hope someone can get on to this.. i am scared to drive........ good luck and let me know...........Fair:)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 1, 2007
    • 11:08 PM
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  • This was me. Same for same. I finally had to be rushed to hospital when I had so many clots that my heart could not pump any blood. All the test said I was in great health. I have factor V Leiden. After having my children .2 boys I was having a hard time with menstrual flow. I was put on hormones. This is dangerous to people with factor V. Get checked.That racing heart is blood clots passing through your heart.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 2, 2007
    • 04:38 AM
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  • From your history of hemorrhaging after the birth of your child, I would say you are blood deficient from a Chinese medical point of view. This can cause heart palpitations or racing heart beat. Did you need a transfusion? Do you feel lightheaded at times? Any tingling in your hands/feet? How is your sleep? Any problems with insomnia? Are you taking any medications including birth control? How is your digestion - any loose stool or constipation? How is your appetite? Chinese medicine looks at balancing the whole body. I recommend it to help with your problem. Hope this helps and if you could answer my questions I would be better able to guide you. Best wishes.DOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • February 2, 2007
    • 05:30 AM
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  • Hi, and thank you all for your responses. To answer some questions, my blood pressure is always good - I can't remember the number but they always tell me it's normal to the low side of normal. Yes I did get a blood transfusion - 2 units after hemmoraging. I do get lightheaded if I stand up too fast, but I do not have tingling in my hands or feet. Currently the only meds I'm on are Advair and Flonase because I was diagnosed as having asthma, however I'm not totally convinced I have asthma. Digestion seems fine and so does my appetite. I don't eat much meat, but do eat a lot of grains, fruits and vegetables. I agree that there seems to be a correlation of how this all started after my problems with childbirth. Of course I remember the paramedics saying my blood pressure was very low and heart extremely fast because I was losing blood so rapidly. Thank God they stabalized me, gave me the transfusion, and told me I was going to be ok. It seems though that ever since this happened, my body has been so responsive, for example, I bend forward, my heart doesn't think it's getting enough oxygen for a second, so it starts racing. At least that's how it seems. Twice that this happened it was recorded, which should tell us something. Once while wearing a holter, the other there happened to be paramedic close by so I went to them and explained what was happening. They immediately gave me an EKG. They said my blood pressure remained fine during the episode and my heartbeat remained regular, it was simply beating very fast - I think like 170 bpm. This particular paramedic said I was hyperventilating - for some reason I suddenly didn't have enough CO2 and my heart was racing to try compensate. She gave me a bag to breathe into and it helped.Is my blood low and if so how do I get the levels back to where they should be? Am I hyperventilating and if so why is it triggered often by my bending forward. I am so frustrated and wish I could just get back to enjoying my life. I often wonder if it is something with my nervous system that got screwed up when I hemmoraged. I've been trying to use yoga and meditiation to get my body back into balance. I'm hoping if I keep up with that, the problem will fade away. Thanks again to all who are trying to help me with this.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 2, 2007
    • 04:20 PM
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  • Hi again, you really should look into Dysautonomia (i.e when the autonomic nervous system does not responding to inputs appropriately) . Felling light headed on standing is a primary symptom. Basically what happens is that your heart beats to fast because your blood pressure is too low. For some people their blood pressure is usually normal, however when some event occurs (like standing up) that should cause their vessels to constrict they don't, or they do but too late. In this case your heart tries to make up the difference by beating faster and faster. There is something called the Tilt table test that they use to test for this, once diagnosed there are a number of treatments that can be quite helpful. Dysautonomia does not have a single cause, and each type presents in a slightly different ways, this is one disease you really have to see a specialist for. Mine started after an illness, any trauma to your system can trigger it.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 4, 2007
    • 11:52 PM
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  • Try this site, very very reassuring.http://www.patient.co.uk/comments/23069180/Paul
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  • I had the same symptoms for 3 years. I recently went to a chiropractor for an unrelated condition and it cured me of the sudden heart racing condition. The best we can guess is that the nerves that run around the vertebrae that go to the heart were getting aggravated when I moved in a certain manner causing the heart to take off sometimes up to 200+ BPM. I would suggest you try it because I would have never guessed (and apparently the doctors didn't either) that a chiropractic adjustment would have cured me. I can answer specific questions at suprcynic at gmail.com if I can help in any way. I know what you're going through and I literally thought I was dying at 33. I'm so grateful to finally have this behind me.
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  • I feel like you just wrote about me! I am having the same problem Wearing ANOTHER monitor right now. I am anemic so my doctor is trying to figure out if this is triggering the heart palpitations. I did just realize that it seems like I am sitting and leaning over when it happens. Does it happen right away or a feww moments after you lean over? Going for more blood tests etc. tomorrow!I will let you know what they say.I have been having this problem for about 5 years and have talked to numerous doctors. Absolutely no one seems to have any idea what I'm talking about. My heart will sometimes start beating extremely fast very suddenly and for seemingly no reason. Most times it is triggered by me bending forward or even leaning forward slightly. These do not happen during stress or anxiety of any kind. I could be completely relaxed and just bend forward to perhaps pick something up, and for some reason my heart just loses control. It is so frightening. One doctor said I was hyperventilating which may be true because some times I can get it under control if I continue to exhale out as much air as I can stand right when it starts. I've tried breathing into a bag when it happens, sometimes that helps and other times it does not. These episodes can last anywhere from a few minutes to up to half an hour. It is embarrassing, and when I try to explain it, people look at me like I'm crazy. I'm 35, and weigh about 120 lbs and live an extremely healthy lifestyle. I eat very healthy and practice yoga almost daily. I feel like I should not be having this problem. I've been to a cardiologist that performed every test on me including EKG, ECG, stress test and holter monitors. He had no explanation for me and told me that based on these tests, my heart was healthy. That was reassuring but solved nothing. One doctor thought perhaps it's asthma attacks, I've been on asthma medications and that also has not helped. I've tried dietary changes, taking calcium and magnesium supplements, still nothing. Bloodwork thus far has all been normal including thyroid, potassium, etc. Is it coincidence that this all started after my first child was born? I hemmoraged severely after his birth, but doctors have told me that shouldn't be causing this either. I truly have a wonderful life with a great husband and two beautiful children. I am not a stressed out person and don't believe these are panic attacks. I do not consume any caffeine. This really is the only thing in my life causing me great stress. Has anyone ever heard of this? I feel like I'm the only person on earth that has ever experienced it. Please let me know if you relate to this or if you have any suggestions. Thanks to all!!!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 15, 2009
    • 06:07 PM
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  • I have the samr problem, and it is somewhat in relation to stress, but the fact that your heart starts racing when you bend over or change position to me signifies that you could have a valve prolapse. I have mitral valve prolapse and I believe prolapse in more than one valve. Although it feels incredibly scary, it is not dangerous (at least mine isn't). Your heart valves have little flaps that open and close with your heart beat; once blood has gone into and out of a chamber, the valve will close to keep the blood from seeping "backwards." If your valve doesn't close correctly, blood may seep back and your heart starts beating like crazy trying to make things right. Mine was not diagnosed right away either-I had to do the whole halter monitor and everything. In my case, it is not severe, even though it is in more than one valve, but I think it can be more severe, so you need to investigate to see if this is your problem. Also, it is important to know if you have prolapse to be safe with regard to other medical conditions. This is going to sound crazy, but when the dr diagnosed my prolapse, he gave me a card from the American Heart Assn to carry with me; I was instructed to ALWAYS inform medical staff about my prolapse if I"m going to have any kind of invasive procedure, and (this may be the weirdest) it is extremely important to let your dentist know so that you can be administered antibiotics for any dental work that is "invasive," but that includes cleanings too because the hygenist is scraping around under your gum line where there's all this bacteria. I don't know how the prolapse is related, but there is some way that you can contract an infection of the lining around your heart through dental procedures, the risk of which is increased if you have a prolapse! I knew of someone (before I knew about my prolapse) who contracted such an infection and had to have a heart transplant. So, it is something you probably should not take too lightly, but don't panic either-that only makes your heart beat faster. Good luck to you
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 7, 2009
    • 10:45 PM
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  • low blood sugar levels produce abnormal behavior.a rapid heart beat . The symptoms are caused by the nervous system's response to the stress of having low levels of circulating blood sugar. The symptoms usually occur gradually and may be associated with warning signs such as:a rapid heart beat,do ask your doctor
    charmaine petzer 176 Replies
    • December 8, 2009
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  • PROBABLY A DECENT REPLY - READ JILLI am a 21 year old male college student. I am 6'0" 215 pounds, and very built and have a high level of overall health and physical fitness. In fact, I'm studying Cardiac Rehabilitation. I am not a doctor, but I do have a very similar condition. My condition seems to be more problematic than yours. I also have a list of about 12 other symptoms including shaky vision, blurred vision, bloodshot eyes, severe light head on and off, near syncope fairly often, etc. Rule out POTS, you don't have POTS. However, it sounds like an SVT. But if you've been cleared by a cardiologist as not having an SVT problem, and it IS sinus tachycardia the best I can offer you a list of things that I have done that help me personally with the problem. No More, no less: -Drink as much water as possible-Be careful with quick changes in temperature. For example, if you're cold when you wake up in the morning, do not jump in the hot shower right away.-I know every doctor you've seen has probably said this, but exercise at a low to moderate intensity. Try to keep your heart rate at 50-65% of your predicted max HR (220-age) is a quick way of calculating that. -Realize that other people have this problem, and it will not kill you.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • December 8, 2009
    • 11:12 PM
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  • well i went to the hospital last week to check on my broncitis. to see if it was getting any better. my heart was racing up to 120 to 120ish. and it just stayed that way. they gave me an ejection through the Iv to lower my heart rate and that helped alot. it went way down to like 100. and colesteral was a little high to they decided to lower that two. but the docter couldnt find anything wrong with me and didnt know what would cause the heart to do that. she put me on metoprolol 25 mg to take everyday. i didnt even feel my heart go up that high. i didnt know it was doing that until i went to the hospital. and latly i would feel some chest pain and feel a little sweaty even. but i was told by the dr to get another check up by a specialist. so yeah i have to do that soon. i hope its nothing i have to live with and it can be cured.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 27, 2010
    • 06:25 PM
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  • I have been having this problem for about 5 years and have talked to numerous doctors. Absolutely no one seems to have any idea what I'm talking about. My heart will sometimes start beating extremely fast very suddenly and for seemingly no reason. Most times it is triggered by me bending forward or even leaning forward slightly. These do not happen during stress or anxiety of any kind. I could be completely relaxed and just bend forward to perhaps pick something up, and for some reason my heart just loses control. It is so frightening. One doctor said I was hyperventilating which may be true because some times I can get it under control if I continue to exhale out as much air as I can stand right when it starts. I've tried breathing into a bag when it happens, sometimes that helps and other times it does not. These episodes can last anywhere from a few minutes to up to half an hour. It is embarrassing, and when I try to explain it, people look at me like I'm crazy. I'm 35, and weigh about 120 lbs and live an extremely healthy lifestyle. I eat very healthy and practice yoga almost daily. I feel like I should not be having this problem. I've been to a cardiologist that performed every test on me including EKG, ECG, stress test and holter monitors. He had no explanation for me and told me that based on these tests, my heart was healthy. That was reassuring but solved nothing. One doctor thought perhaps it's asthma attacks, I've been on asthma medications and that also has not helped. I've tried dietary changes, taking calcium and magnesium supplements, still nothing. Bloodwork thus far has all been normal including thyroid, potassium, etc. Is it coincidence that this all started after my first child was born? I hemmoraged severely after his birth, but doctors have told me that shouldn't be causing this either. I truly have a wonderful life with a great husband and two beautiful children. I am not a stressed out person and don't believe these are panic attacks. I do not consume any caffeine. This really is the only thing in my life causing me great stress. Has anyone ever heard of this? I feel like I'm the only person on earth that has ever experienced it. Please let me know if you relate to this or if you have any suggestions. Thanks to all!!!youre not alone,my problem is when i inhale, my heart races, when i exhale it relaxes. its really bugging me. im 12 years old im somewhere like 76 lbs and im the healthy one in my class. i jog around thge campus, take my daily supplement tablets (forkids) and all that. so me too, i dont know the answer why im having this problem :/
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 16, 2011
    • 09:36 AM
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  • I have the same exact symptoms you are going through my friend. For example this morning as I was lying in bed my heart started racing very fast for a few seconds and went back to normal. This has been ongoing for years.... I have been to two cardiologists and the diagnosis I have are PVCs, MVP, and ectopic heart beats. Its really frustrating that the doctors can't catch these flutters/palpitations/racing heart when I am wearing a holter monitor. I have been told that there is nothing wrong with my heart, everything is fine. If this is so true then why am I do have these symptoms on a daily basis. I exercise on a regular basis and I take magnessium, I read that it helps with the palpitations and it does. I hope you get the proper help and treatment you need for your symptoms, just keep asking tons of questions when you see your docotor!
    ksbonneau 1 Replies
    • August 23, 2011
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