Hi lu, I have lots of things that feel like my heart and I do take blood pressure meds but my ekgs seem to be ok. Doc said my blood pressure was doing really well. I know what you mean about not wanting more tests and falling apart. I think you should get it checked out. If for no other reason than you will feel better. Stress is not good for your lupus.
I am no doctor. I have Lupus and in August required a pacemaker because it damaged the electrical system in my heart. In January I began having episodes of Atrial Fibrillation. I also have premature ventricular contractions (PVC's); which feels like what you described. You really need to get it checked out; the key is to go while it is happening. The only way to know if you are converting into a bad rythm is to do an ekg while it is happening. Most of the time PVC's are not considered dangerous, but a "sustained run" of pvc's (3 or more consecutive) is actually ventricular tachycardia and needs to be addressed by a cardiologist. I understand how you feel about "more tests" and visits; but if it could prevent a major problem done the road it is well worth it! If you drink alot of caffeine and consume alot of sugar they can stimulate pvc's! Because of the fact that I have a pacemaker they can track exactly what my heart is doing. They "interrogate" the pacer with a computer. In Feb. I had over 2000 pvc's and 100 runs of pvc's! I cut out caffeine and sugar and it decreased them dramatically! By the way, it could very well not be pvc's. I'm not trying to diagnose you. I highly recommend you see the doctor! God Bless You! Take care! Judi
I agree with the others with talking to your doctor about this. You should get it checked out just to be on the safe side.
I have an irregular heartbeat and can feel it when I check my pulse like Diane said. I also have hardening of the arteries and have to take blood thinners. I hope you find out whats causing this soon. Take care and keep us updated. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.