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Hi and thanks for taking the question. I am a 27 years old female. Since last fall I
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noreaster,

Thanks for the post.

C1:"The EKG showed signs of left ventricular overload"

EKG evidence of hypertrophy (LVH = "overload") is not standardized for persons under the age of 40.  If we read every 27 yo's EKG with high volts as having LVH, we would be over-diagnosing tons of LVH.

Q1:" is it normal that I'm aware of the change in my heart rythmn when I change positions"

I don't experience this, and the vast majority of the general public doesn't either. But that doesn't mean that this sensation is abnormal for you.  I don't know why you experience this sensation, but learning to cope with it will clearly be important for your peace of mind.

Q2:"can anxiety cause my chest and abdomen heave/shake with every heart beat?"

Anxiety is an emotion, so a direct effect on your chest is obviously not possible.  However, anxiety can lead to increased heart rate and contractility via release of adrenaline.  As anyone who exercises knows, adrenaline can lead to heavy respirations and chest pounding.

So the short answer to your question, is both yes and no.

Q3:"What about upper back pain?"

Anxiety can lead to a multitude of symptoms, with pains just about anywhere.

Please note that I am not saying that your symptoms are caused by anxiety.

Best of luck.


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Ask the doctor/cardiologist to evaluate you for orthostatic intolerance, which CAN cause rapid increases in heart rate when you change positions from lying or sitting to standing & even more with exertion.  If you're not satisfied that the cardiologist has figured out WHY you're having your symptoms, tell the referring doctor & ask for a referral to another cardiologist for a re-evaluation.  For my workup (I have rapid heart rate or tachycardia), we did an electrocardiogram, exercise stress echocardiogram, regular echocardiogram, and 24-hour holter monitor test.  We will be repeating the 24-hour holter test off my meds to see if they are causing the tachycardia.  Head up tilt table testing is frequently used to diagnose orthostatic intolerance.
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Just a comment to you, I was about your age when I first noticed my heart pounding out of my chest at times.  When I told my doctor he just blamed it on anxiety gave me xanax. It wasn't until years later it started pounding so fast and it wouldn't stop so I went to the ER and was finally diagnosed with SVT and eventually had an ablation to fix it. Through all this I found out that I also have a bicuspid aortic valve with moderate regurgitation.  For this I need antiobiotics before surgery and dentist visits and I get a echo every year.  My old doctor completely missed the boat on that one. My advice to you would be you know if something is not right with your body find a doctor who will listen to you, I finally did and it is amazing how different 2 doctors can be.
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Thanks for the insight.  You
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hey i know what your going thru..i too am 27 mine also started in fall..i had ekg, fine echo fine,holter and event recorder fine..i still feel like ****. i am on atenolol cause everytime this happened thats what they would give me to get my heart rate at normalality again. i take 25 mg a day, it has made less noticablr signs . maybe check into this..i would also get an holter and event recorder so they can have it when somthing comes up..i also do have anxiety..and this i think is what alot of us in here deal with..i too have pulsations in abdomen, i lso have in both sides of neck..did an ultrasound and was okay..i am not skinny cause usually on skinny folks they say its more noticable..oh well guess we are blessed to have a strnd beat..i am 5-7 180... are u at all skinny? i also would get your thyroid checked..mine was alittle off but they said nothing big..best of luck email if you want
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Thanks. Great to hear from a person with a similar problem. Don't know about you but it really scared me at first. If I put a book on my stomach it would move.
I also feel the pulsation in my neck sometimes.  
I'm not skinny. On the contrary - I'm a bit overweight.
I had my thyroid checked and it was fine.
Thanks again.
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I am 28.  Today i went to my doctor to see the results of my Holter monitor which i received after my scary visit to the ER last week when i got so consumed with them that I thought my only choice was to go.  10 years ago these palps started and i got an EKG with 0 palps showing and they said i was fine and was sent home. 2 1/2 yrs ago, i again (different ins.) tried to find an answer to these bizarre almost constant beats...Dr said "It's Normal, Everyone has them" My ins. would not cover any testing,   NOW.. no longer on any insurance.. They say it is PVC's.. the Holter said 5% of my heart beats are these PVC's. Good?? Bad??  It doesn't feel good! I am going to get an echocardiogram tomorrow and the dr. gave me Toprol-XL 50mg. to see if it helps..As i see i am not the only one here who feels like this runs theirs lives.. Every morning i am so thankful that i wake up. Thank you to all who have posted!! does anyone have any personal info on the meds i was given? Side-effects? You have no idea how much calmer i feel knowing that i am not the only one who lives with this on a daily basis..
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Hi all, been lurking for a while but thought
I'd say Hello. I'm a 34 yr old male. I have
around 3 to 4 hundred pvcs that I can feel
everyday. My cardio has me on bisoprolol as
a beta blocker. Is one better than another?
I'd take any relief, it's been over 2 yrs now.
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Hey Hank...  So what exactly does moderate mean???  And yes you were exactly right.. it's alittle over 6000. Honestly,,, i'm just glad that i can start to recover mentally... I suppose i was getting extremely wrapped up and somewhat obsessed about the Palps.. and am so glad i found this forum to make me realize i wasn't helping my condition. Thanks for your imput on the med's... I've spent the last 10 yrs thinking i could drop dead at any moment.. but now i have "hope"...AGAIN... Thanks to you all!!! :)
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I think you will get some relief when you get the results of your echo. The anxiety of worrying about the pvcs is much worse than the pvcs themselves. I had pvcs for many years and they were also very frequent. I know how you feel...All day long my heart would flutter, flip and flop.  After many years, I FINALLY accepted them as benign. I was having over 20000/day and it was calculated to represent 24% of my overall heartbeats.

After your doctor reviews the echo, if you are told that everything is "normal", try to remember that the pvcs won't hurt you. Beta blockers (i.e., Toprol) can be helpful. I took Inderal off and on for many years, but more recently it worked better on an "as needed" basis. That's just me, others prefer to take it everyday. Good luck with your echo!
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I am 30 years old and, unfortunately, am overweight.  I have experienced two types of palpitations in the last several months.  In October I had a skipping heartbeat, went to the doctor, had an EKG, 3 holter monitors, and one of those bicycle stress tests.  Everything came back norman and they eventually stopped.  

However, in the last two weeks, at night, when I do something as simple as turn over, my heart rate aggressively picks up to what feels like 130-145 beats per minute.  As it comes back down my arms and legs feel kind of cold, but then in a few minutes, I'm normal again.  But this can sometimes happen more than twice a night.  During the day I'm mostly fine, I've felt a little weak and a little dizzy, but no chest pain, no arm pain, just the slight dizziness and palpitations.  I exercise around three times a week, and the last few times my heart rate has gone higher than usual, and may take some time coming down, but nothing like in the 190 or more range.  Usually, only up to around 164 or so.  

I have a trip to the cardiologist scheduled in a few days and I will be getting an echo at that time.  My question(s) is, should I wait that long?  Does this sound very serious or familiar?  Thanks.
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This is my second week taking Toprol XL 50mg.  I have been diagnosed with Supraventricular Tachycardia or SVT.  I am still learning about it, that is what brought me to this web site.  I was having palpitations with a heart rate of over 250 beats per minute.  This was detected through a King of Hearts monitor that I have been wearing for the past couple of weeks.  (it takes an EKG when I feel the palpitations)  The medicine has made a big difference with the palpitations and has slowed down my heart rate.  My only problem I have with the medicine is that it makes me feel tired.  I still have palpitations and get light headed but the doctor is working on my dose and they say it could take a month or longer for your body to get use to the medicine.  I am told that being tired is one of the side effects.  The first two weeks have been rough but I do see an improvement but I am still waiting for my life to feel normal again.  This all came as a BIG suprise to me. Have you noticed any tiredness?  Do you have any side effects?   Has anyone been diagnosed with SVT that could offer some advice or information?
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Let me tell you all about palpitations...

I am a 31 y/o male. I have been athletically active since highschool - at 6'10" I played varsity basketball, college basketball, took up ice hockey after college and worked out with weights on a regular basis. I never went longer than a couple of days without my playing sports or working out in 14 years until last May. I got done with a workout and was in the shower and developed SVT at 220 BPM. Now, I was a coffee fiend and had had three cups that day, plus I had worked out or skated 4 days in a row. I had a run of this SVT at work earlier in the day and then again just after work - both times it broke after about 30 seconds. This time it persisted. I went to the ER by ambulance and by the time I got there, it was over - but they diagnosed me with low potassium and gave me IV K+ and sent me on my merry way. The next day I began developing skipped beats. They actually lasted, 1-2 every few minutes, for two weeks until one day they were especially bad. I ended up in the ER again (this after seeing a cardiologist and having a normal 2D echo, normal blood labs and normal stress test). The ER doc said there was no evidence of heart problems - just PVC's. She said they were benign...

I have since changed cardiologists - had a nuclear MUGA scan, a 24 hour holter, a 30 day event monitor and several EKGS - all normal except that I get these PVC's especially after exercise.

THIS HAS CHANGED MY LIFE... Don't feel bad about getting nervous, because it had been almost a year now, and I still am afraid to go play hockey and work out even though I've been told I'm fine. I'm on anxiety meds and verapamil, and haven't had any SVT problems but the skipped beats - they come without warning and last for hours sometimes... Really is uncomfortable. I don't know how many doctors can tell me I'm fine before I FEEL fine and learn to deal with these palpitations, but it isn't an easy thing to cope with...

Hang in there!
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hello this is a cure..its awesome despite what the docs say there is something wrong with us.. this is what i do and it helps drink green tea, the real stuff not tea bage get a tea kettle green japanese tea and drink it, drink alot of it..the first three days like 4-5 pots of it.. youll feel alittle shaky thats normal..then you need either a treadmill or walk..alt of walking 3-4 miles a day..and youll begin to feel good
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If green tea has caffeine in it then it is defiantly not advised for someone who has SVT.  With SVT you have an increased heart rate, caffeine also increases your heart rate; not a good thing!  Caffeine can bring on palputations.   One of the first things my doctor did was take me off caffeine.
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Hello, I just read your post! I too have vtach, mine is non sustained vtach, can you please tell me more about yours?? Was yours sustained or non sustained any way just email me and tell me all about yours. Im still to this day very frightned about mine its been just alittle over a year for me. ***@****
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I just read something very interesting to me. First off I have v-tach, and every doctor and cardio and ep doc have said the same thing beings that it is non sustained you have nothing to worry about you have a normal healthy heart! Posted by
CCF CARDIO MD-MTR ON MAY 11 AT 14:42:39 some one wrote a post about v-tach and continued on about how the doctor said that if you have v tach you could not possibly have a normal heart and for him to get another opinon, GREAT! That makes me feel much better! Any thoughts on this anyone??
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I AM A 38 YR OLD MALE THAT HAS PALPITAIONS OR SKIPPING OF BEATS OR IT SEEMS THAT WAY I AM UNDER WEIGHT AND DO AGREE TOO I CAN FEEL MY PULES BEAT ALL THE TIME ESC WHEN RESTING ON THE COUCH IT SCARES ME WHEN THIS HAPPENS I'VE WORE A 24HR MONITOR IT CAME BACK FINE THE GEN.DOCTOR SAID NOT TO WORRY BUT WHEN SOMETHING IN YOUR BODY FEELS A MISS YOU TAKE NOTICE WHAT EVER I'M DOING I STOP FOR A COUPLE OF SEC TO LET MY HEART TO START TO BEAT REG.BUT IT JUST CONCERNS ME SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT ANY THING I SHOULD HAVE TESTED TO MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS FINE I HAD A STRESS WITH NUCLEAR MEDS @5YRS AGO AND EVTHNG WAS FINE ANY HELP WOULD BE HELPFUL
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