I'm a 19 year old female, in December of 2013 I had a EKG, echo, stress test, and blood work... All came back with nothing! But, yesterday I was laying down and got a sudden case of nausea, my heart starting to beat really fast and this lasted about 10 minutes! It went away, blood pressure was fine the whole time and my heart rate went back normal, today it happened again but it only lasted a few seconds, and also when this happens a get just a little light headed, any suggestions on what this May be?
How fast was "really fast"? Details are very important! So you had all of these tests prior to having the "really fast" heart beat. Did something happen before that prompted you to get these tests performed?
When it occurred today, how did the rapid beating begin? When you say it goes back to normal, explain how that happens? I would like for you to tell me as opposed to prompting you with potential answers. Just tell us how you feel it.
Don't really know how fast but my normal heart rate is 65-75 and I can't tell when it accelerates higher than normal, I went to the heart dr because I have anxiety and was afraid of a heart attack so the dr wanted to make sure, turns out they said it was acid reflux, I also wore a 24hour heart monitor... It just comes on suddenly I can feel it in my throat then I feel like I could throw up, then it eases off
I think it's really important that in the future maintain a cool head when this occurs, and pause for a moment and listen to your body. I know that may be hard to do, but look at it this way: It didn't kill you the first time it happened, so it's probably not going to this time either.
A) How did that feel when it started to race? Did I feel it suddenly or gradually?
B) How fast is it going? If it's so fast that you can only measure 5 seconds worth, then measure 5 seconds and multiply by 12.
C) When it slows down, how does it slow down, gradually or suddenly? Does my chest feel different when it "goes back to normal"?
All of these symptoms provide clues to your cardiologist and gives us a better guess at what you may be experiencing. You don't want to be treated for anxiety when you have a valid heart issue. But this happens all of the time. You go to your general practice physician with a normal heart rhythm, no issues, so the physician often treats you like it's anxiety. Do not let this happen to you! There are some serious anti-anxiety medications like the SSRI and SNRI family of drugs that once you are on are very difficult to wean yourself off of. I recently witnessed my wife who had missed her SNRI for 3 days due to illness in a state like I have never seen in our 45 years together. We were preparing for a trip to the ER when I forced her to begin the medicine again despite the nausea she was experiencing. Within 3 hours she was sitting up and asking for food again. The next day she was up, walking around and packing for a trip we had delayed. So these drugs are something you don't want to get involved with if you have a cardiac issue. So the next time, be calm, stay cool, and note what's going on inside you.
Well... what I'm saying is you should be careful how you describe what you're feeling to your physician. Don't lead him, but give him a precise list of symptoms. For instance, instead of saying that it felt like you were having palpatations, say my heart suddenly began racing. I measured it at 190. This is taking generalized terms and focusing it down to a few possibilities.
Now, from what you noted above, with a duration of 10 minutes, you COULD have experienced SVT. This type of condition usually remains hidden in an EKG. The only way to actually "see" it is to have it recorded while it's happening. If this happens several times a month, a good way to capture it is by wearing a small 2 lead monitor for a month long duration. It's how most of us with this condition were able to catch it, and have it treated. A sudden, racing heart that ends in a similar fashion COULD be SVT.
None of the tests you had done including the EKG would show SVT unless you had an SVT episode during the stress test. Of course, we don't know if this is what you may have. It's just a guess. SVT is an electrical issue within your heart. You should read up on SVT, what it is, and how it can be treated.
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