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heart palpitations and breathlessness/lightheaded

I have had all the usual tests. All normal...heart cath, echo etc...they found pvc's/irregular heart beats. I was put on metoprolol (beta blocker 25 mg) I have low b/p normally...so cannot have more than this dose.....well it is not helping at all....I don't know what else to do......I am tired all the time,if I do anything physical I have chest pain , light headed and feel like I cannot breathe.....mt heart beat is irregular...stops every so many beats and then does some flippy thing....it never stops and I am exhausted. The pulse is slo and weak also. Any help out there?
I am 54 years of age........a little over weight and out of shape....daily head aches also...........thanks
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Madge, I would suggest you become the squeaky wheel and stay in your cardiologists face.  You are young still and deserve a good quality of life.  Tell him or her exactly how you are feeling.  Write down how often the episodes are and how long they last.  ALso make sure you take your pulse for 11 full minute after the episode and note that too.  Maybe insist on another 24 hour monitor or even a 48 hour monitor.    if they are not willing to be aggressive enough then switch to a dr that is.  Remember it is your life, your heart, your anxiety that you are feeling they leave and go home and you stay home and suffer through it.  SO make it a point to be heard.  you deserve to be taken care of!  Please keep us posted

God Bless You
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Thank you so much, for your caring and kind words. I made another appointment for Friday. I think it is time for the cardiologist too. Thank again.
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madge: Your welcome.. and I just read my post.. I meant take your pulse for 1 full minute. sorry please keep us posted

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Well I always feel like the thyroid pusher on this forum, but sometimes things just sound familiar to me.  You had mentioned that you had all regular tests, and i'm assuming that might include a thyroid test.  Correct?  Well often times dr's are not using the correct guidelines for their TSH results(thyroid hormone test) and often alot of thyroid patients are going undiagnosed.  Also, you can also have normal thyroid results, but have antibodies present, which is a disease in which your own immune system fights off your thyroid gland, causing many many troublesome problems. this is very common, but not a common test that dr's run, and another thing often missed.  I have Hashimoto's which is one of those auto immune diseases of the thyroid.  I was such a mess, and thought I would die.  I had heart palpitations, chest pain, lightheadedness, headaches, body aches, confusion, hair loss, you name it.  I had test after test including thyroid, which came back normal.  Low blood pressure also is common in hypothyroid patients, I could be off base, but you have alot of the symptoms, it's worth a shot, I too, saw cardiologists, and my heart was always pounding a million times a minute, cause of my palpitations, but all other tests were normal. It wasn't until I started treatment that my symptoms got better.  Also, was on a beta blocker, check out your side effects.  Causes alot of dizziness, weight gain, chest pain, shortness of breath, hair loss.  If you experience some of the more severe symptoms, including the chest pain, you should call your doc.  I associated everything with thyroid and was sick for a year, until I realized my beta blocker was doing a number on me.  I stopped taking it 2 months ago, and feel wonderful.  I never realized one little pill could have made me so sick.  Yes, my thyroid was messed up, but even after it was regulated with meds, I still felt like I was dying, Stopped the beta blocker, and I have my life back.  Be careful with those.  Check those precautions carefully.  Mine made me so dizzy, that I could hardly stand on some days.  Good luck Shannon  Jump on thyroid forum, talk to the doc.  Just advice, not an expert by far.
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I  just wanted to add, that so many times it seems like the heart and they can't find out what's wrong, Thyroid disease effects every function of your body including your heart, you say you are so tired all the time, and just can't function, that was me, and it took so long for a diagnose, they were checking my heart, i had test after test, and x rays and everything, this is just an idea for something for you to look into.  I'm not saying i'm right, but it could be worth a try, I hope you start to feel better.  Shannon        Please keep us posted on how you are doing.
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Did the Doc have you wear a Halter monitor? You wear it for a day or two and everytime you notice something abnormal, you push a little button and it marks it on the readout so when they go thru it they see what was happening at that moment. Also wanted to suggest that you cut all BROWN out of your diet. I have had that flippy floppy heartbeat thing since I was 21 years old. I stayed freaked out for years til I realized I wasn't going to just keel over at any moment. Had boughts of high blood pressure as well but as rec by my doc, cut out all brown, like coke, coffee, chocolate, etc.. Caffine just seems to make those palpitations SO much worse and cutting out the caffine may make a serious difference. If you have had Echo and Stress Tests come back normal then you should try to relax but KEEP on top of your doc. A HUGE percentage of women experience these heart flutters but knowing that doesn't really help I know. And for some reason it causes your chest to hurt which I attribute to muscle aches on the wall around the heart. Just know you aren't alone and I hope this helps.
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