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Re: hyperventilation and heart

Posted By D.W. on April 27, 1999 at 11:59:06
I am a 42 yr. average weighted female.  I have been diagnosed with MVP with regurgitation about a yr. ago.  For quite some time I have had a condition which seems to only occur when I lay down.  My heart rate becomes irregular and often slow, my neck swells and hardens up, and I feel a great deal of pressure in my head (swelling I think).  Sometimes I get chest pain and ringing in the ears. My hands begin to feel numb and swollen.  I also have a low white blood count and developing thyroiditis (no meds yet).  Last night I breathed into my cupped hands (like you do when you are hypereventilating) and the swelling and heart rate normalized completely.  I had to do this several times as I was drifting off to sleep to decrease the symptoms.  This is the first time, short of getting up and moving around, that I can actually get rid of the symptoms which occur frequently.  One last thing.  I get incredible dizzy spells sometimes during the day that don't seem to involve the heart as far as I can tell.  It feels like I am going to go unconscious.  Have any ideas about what is going on?  Why would breathing into cupped hands regulate the heart and decrease the swelling?  




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Posted By D.W. on April 27, 1999 at 15:41:53
I was not hyperventilating during the episode.  It's just that breathing into my hands like you do in a bag for hyperventilation, (I don't know why I decided to try this) corrected the abnormal and slow heart rythym and swelling in the neck and head.  










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