Hi there! I have had the same symptoms you are describing since I was 22. I am now 38. The same things seem to cause mine too. I have had all the tests and am convinced I am dying most of the time, but I'm still kicking...miserably though. I too feel this causes me to have anxiety and the doctors want to say the anxiety causes the heart issues..I don't buy it. Many people benefit from counseling if you can find a good one. You mentioned your doctor..is this a cardio? If you don't have one, I would definitely ask my PCP for a referral for a cardio just to get a baseline and for monitoring purposes. I get the flushed feeling like I'm going to pass out with mine as well...I think it has something to do with the BP dropping for a moment, but not sure on that. Although I do not believe that anxiety causes mine, I do believe my anxiety makes them worse. This could be happening in your case as well. Try to reduce your stress (believe me, I know, easier said than done) and hang in there. You will have days that you barely notice them if you notice them at all. I am 5'2", 100 lbs. and I also have asthma. I do take atenolol at night and xanax as needed. Keep us posted on how you're feeling.
Thanks for responding. It is a form of counseling for me to hear from others like yourself.
I have also had this flushed feeling, but not frequently enough for me to take it into account. When I do, it's if I'm hungry, so blood pressure could play a part.
I do not have health care so going to a heart doctor is horribly expensive right now, but I'm working on it. I do think I'm going to get a proper echo soon, so I'll post the results.
Thanks again for your response.
Okay i'll weigh in on this cause i have been there done that too.....you may want to read the post from "goingcrazy" because they just posted something pretty similar and i tried to answer it the same as i would have you. A couple of things tho...the coughing is completely normal and if you can believe it healthy for you...it has absolutely nothing at all to do with mucus or blood...it is the hearts natural way when it detects an irregularity of the heart and the electrical to attempt to re set itself which is what you want it to do...and it really is a good thing that your body is so sensitive that it senses that and attempts to correct itself. Read the response i wrote to goingcrazy it may be helpful and the Mayo Clinics site if you google out "What causes PVC's" is super easy to read and helps you thru this a little...hope it was helpful...............
Thanks, Cindy, I never knew that about coughing a PVCs. That was enlightening! Makes a lot of sense for me. I will continue on to read those suggested things.
Also and update on my situation. I tested going a few days since my first post without ANY refined sugars, sodas, teas, coffee, candy and even fruit. I had NO palps and was very relaxed and my usual anxiety triggers didn't bother me and it was great! Then, to further test my theory, I tried a day eating sweets and the palps came back with a VENGENCE.
So, I'm going to test my limits and maybe have one treat early in the day once in a while, but its hard since I have a sweet tooth! So I suggest others try this aswell.
Also, I am going for one more Echo soon to make sure that my palps are benign and that my enlarged heart is not making things dangerous (MVP).
Check back soon.
Wow that was a great post Dez..................how informative was that one? I know that my doc set out those guidelines for me too and added a couple of other things to the list but i was never brave enough to test it....oh heck noooooo....with my luck i'd end up back with my heart rate back in the 300's and would end up undoing everything that my ablation accomplished...i am the true theory of Murphys Law and trust me if it can happen it will happen to me....congrats on this tho...its great seeing someone braver then me testing the theory with no residual effects....to me its just too scary and dangerous.......
Okay, few days gone by and the theory is still holding pretty true. I did, however, still get PVCs the past two days even without sugar, though they weren't as violent.
I am also noting that my heart rate has a very hard time slowing down at night. It's not hummingbird quick but it his STRONG. What I mean is, at rest my heart beats loudly and powerfully at an elevated rate for at least an hour before it quiets down enough for me to sleep. Beta's help a little (I only take .25mg at night), but it is still loud in my head!
I also note that lying on my side is uncomfortable (either side). I don't feel pain, but I get palps more if I lay on my side and it just feels weird. Same on my stomach.
Anyway, I believe this might relate to my heart being enlarged. When this happens to athletes, it allows their hearts to pump more blood easier and increases their stamina. For someone with PVCs, however, it can be bad news.
I am calling my doctor after this for my echo appointment. More info to come soon.
Another update finally. It has been a difficult week. On Monday I went for an echo. The results have not come in yet, but the man who looked at my heart said he saw my Mitral Valve acting up and could hear a murmur in the beats. This is quite a break through! Mitral Valve Prolapse can yield more complications, however, so I am anxious for my full review.
I'll keep you posted.
I am almost 100% sure what you have and this will solve all of your problems. You most likely have chronic lyme disease with possible co-infections. Do not get all worried now that I said that. It is very curable and is not fatal by any means. Chronic lyme with coinfections can cause panic/anxiety, PVCs, palps, fast/slow heart beat, irregular heart beat, weak/strong pulse and a whole array of REVERSIBLE heart issues (do not freak out they are not dangerous and are all reversible with treatment). THis will explain the normal heart workups and the fact that no doctor understands or can give you a diagnosis and it is all coming back even with the meds. With treatment all of your symptoms will subside forever and you will no longer have them. Go to an LLMD not a regular doctor, and make sure you send your blood tests to IGenix labs in CA (do not use LabCorp or anything else). Lyme disease is a huge epidemic and most of the medical community (your usual allopathic MD) does not know a thing about it, even though they say they do. The only trustable sources are integrative LLMDs or LLDO (lyme literate medical doctors or Lyme literate osteopathic medical doctors). Good luck
Prior to my enlarged heart and PVC episodes that started approx. 2 months ago I was a runner with no problems. Then the PVCs started out of nowhere and I couldn't sleep b/c of the pounding in my chest. I finally ran to the hospital after sitting in my chair and I was overcome by palps and felt minor pain and light-headed. The hospital kept me for 2 days and 15 vials of blood later and basically found nothing other than diagnosing me with PVCs. Stress test and Echo came back negative as well. So I attempted to go back to my normal routine and played tennis recently but had terrible palps and minor chest pain afterwards. So now I'm convinced I'm dying. Anyone have suggestions on my next steps? I was thinking of the Nuclear Isotope test?
I'm 22 had all those symptoms for 3 years was in and out of hospital times. Each time I got an ecg, stress test, echo test and angiography all showed up normal. So I eventually when privet and got a really good heart specialist to look at my echo turns out I have a muscle inside my heart slightly enlarged she sent me for a cardiac mri 3 weeks ago so she could see the full extent of this problem, and what the next corse of action will be. I'm still waiting on the results of that test but I've been told for what she saw she doesn't think it's serious I have bad anxiety for to years due to a party life still with lots of drugs at a young age this is what she thinks has caused if but people can be born with it also. Its not serions I'm told.