I'm a 33 year old female. 5 ft tall, 96 pounds. Generally good health my whole life. My normal BP has always been 80/50, hb about 65 at rest. I'm moderately active, i ran about 3x per month...
At the beginning of December 2011, I woke up with a fast hb, I felt like I had just run a marathon. I went to the pharmacy and took my bp. It was 147/98, heart beat 136. For the next two weeks, it continued without letting up for even a moment. I also experienced moderate chest pain a few times every day. I began to get light headed.I went to my local ER, EKG and chest xray were normal. Heart beat 154. The ER doc referred me to Cardioligist. Before I could get an appt, 2 days later, I was taken to the ER again. Fatigue, shortness of breath, BP 157/101, HB 159, chest pain, blurred vision, fainiting. Again, normal EKG, chest xray, blood work. No sign of blood clot. Released from ER.
Cardioligist appt, They put me on Propranalol (beta blocker)10mg. Holter monitor showed normal but fast hb. 184 at rest. Ultrasound showed no damage, COUNTLESS blood tests.
I have been experiencing intense pressure in my neck. It causes ringing in my ears, distorted/ muffled hearing, light headedness, shortness of breath, headache and fainting. When I faint, it's only for a moment. I usually wake up before I hit the ground.I have loss of memory, confusion, blurred vision, i cant even take a shower without having to sit down in the middle because I lose my breath so easily and often.
I need answers/sugustions on questions to ask my drs... please help!
The constellation of symptoms you have described is quite concerning. I would be VERY concerned if your heart rate is constantly over 150 -- is it truly "184 at rest"? Without actually looking at your EKG and Holter results it would be impossible for me to determine your heart rhythm, but I can tell you that it would be highly unlikely that you would have constant "normal" heart rhythm in the 150s or more. You might consider a second opinion with a cardiologist (preferably a rhythm specialist).
Also, occasionally rarely diseases such as a pheochromocytoma would cause high blood pressure and heart rate, but usually these come in episodes rather than being constant.
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