Do any of you guys feel like you are choking when you get palpitations(arrythmia)? There are times I feel as though I feel my heart is in my throat and I can't seem to get enough oxygen. Very freaky feeling. I
Last November I wore a holter monitor for two days, had a ekg, and a stress echo all of which showed nothing. Recently I complained to my doctor again about a racing heartbeat and he did a ekg at the doctors office which was of course normal. When I say chocking(hoking haha) I mean it feels like my heart is un my throat.
I know exactly what you mean... Have you been seen by a doc again for this concern? If not, do so to see what's going on. Most likely it is benign but check it out. You may have to wear a holter for a longer period of time to get a clearer picture.
I DO get a choking feeling when I get certain palps...mine doesn't feel like my heart is in my throat, mine feel like my heart is beating all funky and I get this overwhelming feeling like somebody is literally strangling me! It's like somebody has their hands on my throat and squeezing!! It's like I can't get any air, like I'm literally suffocating! Then just as quick as it starts, it stops but of course I'm on edge the rest of the day after this...
I have wore a few 30 day monitors, 24hr holtors, ekgs, echos,stress tests...you name it, I've seen 4 diff cardiologists and a EP but they ALL say I'm "perfect"....but not one of them has ever seen the one I've described...I keep going back because I feel like they are missing something but they look at me like I'm psycho...lol...funny but not really.
I have been diagnosed with PVC's, PAC's and SVT....
This time my family doctor suggested a 30 day event monitor. But I still didn't see the sense of it, things were happening so far apart.
Then again late May and mid-June. Then late July yet another episode. And it wasn't just some short run. Not only the throat and strong erratic beats but also very short of breath. And always these things were happening whilst I was just sitting at the 'puter, reading a book, etc. This time I was just sitting watching Wheel of Fortune. Eventually I realized it was time to call in the troops and dialed 911. I finally stablized and after 2 Troponin blood draws some 4 hours apart I was released in the wee hours of the morning w/the STRONG admonition to do the 30 day event monitor.
Tuesday I got my event monitor but still didn't have much confidence that we would "catch" anything. HA! BIG HA! The very next morning I had a "critical" event. A call from eCardio and then a call fron the cardiologist to go to ER.
The ONLY consistency thru all of these events has been the constricted feeling in the throat. And the big surprise I was in store for was the number of events I was experiencing that I was TOTALY UNAWARE of!!! That event monitor didn't lie. It really let the cat outta the bag and hung everything out to dry. Like it or not - I have atrial fibrillation and it is time to start dealing w/it NOW!
It just shows we're all different. I have suffered from Atrial Fibrillation for about 10 years and I have never had a choking sensation. My only point is "keepon" may not suffer from AFib. A monitor should tell the truth.
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