how are you doing? Any results from the Holter monitor yet?
I received my results from the holter monitor and my heart rate only got to 156. The Cardiologist says that is not high enough?? I was laying down when it happened. My heart rate also got over 100 20 of the 24 hours I wore the holter monitor. I said that I could take medicine, but he said it probably wouldnt help or I could do nothing. I am just confused because I feel like it is more serious than the doctor does. My heart rate was tachycardia every hour except for 2am to 5am.
Above 100 is tachycardia. I think if you have it 20 of the 24 hours you are "qualified".
There can be many causes for tachycardia, some are benign and others dangerous.
An ECG is used to classify the tachycardia. As you have seen a cardiologist, I am sure that he ruled out that you have a dangerous type, otherwise he would not have taken it so lightly.
I found this on the web, perhaps it can be of help to you:
Many people don't need medical therapy. Treatment is considered if episodes are prolonged or occur often. Your doctor may recommend or try:
- Carotid sinus massage: gentle pressure on the neck, where the carotid artery splits into two branches. Must be performed by a healthcare professional to minimize risk of stroke, heart or lung injury from blood clots.
- Pressing gently on the eyeballs with eyes closed.
- Valsalva maneuver: holding your nostrils closed while blowing air through your nose.
- Dive reflex: the body's response to sudden immersion in water, especially cold water.
- Cutting down on coffee.
- Cutting down on alcohol.
- Quitting tobacco use.
- Getting more rest.
Do you get a feeling of a 'kick in' just before your heart goes into tachycardia? I get a definite kick or twist feeling, then off I go into over 200 beats per minute. I don't get the beats that high since I was put on a couple of pills to keep the heart rate down. I've taken my blood pressure and it does not seem to go high - only the heartbeats are fast. Only problem now is, the last time I had a kick in and was able to use carotid massage to slow it, it didn't revert to normal and I had to go to ER to have it converted to normal rhythm. This time, Adenocine injection didn't work and they used the electric pads to convert as they said the heartbeats were all over the place. This was after a 4 hour episode.