Hi Dennis. The Propanolol is doing two things.....lowering your blood pressure and easing your anxiety. It sounds like your heart has been thoroughly checked out and it may be time to address your anxiety. Propanolol is a short acting drug...meaning it only last a few hours in your system. We can have anxiety when we feel fine, this is more often the case than not. Anxiety affects the heart in making it beat fast which affects your ectopic heart beat. Your condition is benign, and it may be you worrying about these new symptoms that is increasing your anxiety...which in turn increases your symptoms....a vicious cycle. You admit you have had some bad anxiety, I feel it's time to look at that as the culprit at this point. The Propanolol has been easing your anxiety which helps with the heart flutters and your feeling of well-being. But it doesn't stay in your system long enough to control your anxiety 24/7. Because you are so young, I think therapy would greatly benefit you in determining "why" you have this anxiety. Then you can address it and move on with your life. Therapy can be a lengthy process, and you may need medication to help along the way. See a psychiatrist for an evaluation, to be referred to the proper therapist and he is most knowledgeable as to what medication would best fit your needs. Our anxiety can create a multitude of symptoms and you need to get control of it quickly. I hope this helps and we're always here for you!
Hello dennis& mammo:) well I am a bit concerned as well my husband has the exact same problem as dennis except he doesn't take any medication for anything he feels like he's going to have a heart attack at points he looses his breath very easily it's going to the point that he can't even eat sometimes because he just can't breath even when he's about to sleep he says his chest tightens up a lot.... I need advice quickly i'm very concered :/
I would like for you to view this link on the only diagnosis I actually see in the note, the ectopic heartbeat, the link is here:
An ectopic heart beat is not uncommon. There is a chance, perhaps a probability, that it may be related to some kind of anxiety disorder, but many people have this health issue with little to no symptoms, only being discovered after heart exams. In addition, if you are not experiencing a fluttering sensation during the testing, you WILL come back completely normal.
While I understand you don't drink or smoke, how about caffeine? As many people age, especially with the strong coffee's we have today, their tolerance to caffeine is reduced. Stopping all caffeine for 2 weeks will give you a great idea if this is contributing to your health issue or not. For me, as a lifelong hyperthyroidic, cutting out caffeine was one of the most important self help steps I could take.
I assume you've been diagnosed with Hyperthyroidisim, high blood pressure, angina, heart irregularity, or something equivalent, to be prescribed the Propranolol. It is not an anxiety drug. I take it for it's use as a beta blocker in treatment of Graves disease. Can you discuss this further in another post? A true anxiety drug will fall into the class of depressants and that's not what you're taking. Perhaps discussing this at length with your Doc and getting exact reasons for the prescription could be a big help. This will give you much more knowledge and some confidence in what is going on with your health. Many times, understanding alone can help decrease anxiety measurably.
Best in Health
The second time i had my 24 houre tape i had a exam where i had to work out and i was hooked up to the ecg and they cough my heart fluttering and told me i have a ectopic heart beat i was given my propranolol for palpotations and at the same time to calm anixety because i also have a anxiety disorder i never used to have all of these things :( i was a normal boy and the one day bam :/ i dont know how to explain this to the doctors. Ecause i have been and iv hears so many times it could be just flutters dont worry its annoying ! Iv only had couple really bad ones the rest are just ok but i feel like one day my hearta gona stop cause i honestly feel in that second that if it didn kick back id be a goner
It's your Thyroid. I had the exact same problem then one night laying in bed I got hot hot hot and my heart best went to 110 and we rushed to the hospital and it went to 150 and my temp was 103. I was going into a storm and thank God I was able to tell triage and they believed me and saved me. After that I got panic attacks for no reason, heart palpitations, flutters you name it. Also the proponal helps but one thing I did discover believe it or not, tums help with the flutters. Sometimes acid that you dont know you have can cause your heart to flutters. Def stop Caffeine.