Abnormal EKG from Lyme?

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Dowa
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   Posted 7/28/2010 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
As I posted a few weeks back, I have had this inflammation in my shoulder that was dx as Infectious Polyarthitis. I called my doc today for a copy of my records and the EKG done that day was cconsidered "abnormal with possible enlargement of left atrial." Do any of you here have an abnormal EKG and do your LLMDs blame the Lyme for it? Have no LLMD so sorry for all the questions. Heart stuff always gets me concerned.   Thanks  Dowa

seekingbalance
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   Posted 7/31/2010 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi-
Before i was diagnosed with Lyme I had (and have) tachycardia; I have understood lyme can cause some inflammation of the heart...I do not know how serious it can be, but I would keep an eye on it, see specialists....

Dowa
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   Posted 8/1/2010 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for your reply, SB. Did your tachycardia ever show up as an abnormal EKG?  Dowa

LupnerRN
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   Posted 8/2/2010 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I see a cardiologist once a year.

I've had a murmur for many many years. My LLMD put me on Cipro for a while and had to have a stress test before taking it to make sure my heart could handle it. That's how potent Cipro is. It also causes tendinitis and rupture. Also had an echo-cardiogram that showed the murmur. That was actually pretty cool to see.

I was on Rifampin that gave me a massive herx that sent me to the ER with tachycardia and PVC's on my EKG. All they did was watch me. They Thought I was just having a reaction from Vicodin I took. ER doc's don't like it too much when you have to explain to them whats going on with you.

Then I saw my cardiologist last December because I was having very intense PVC's (that are actually PAC's; atrial not ventricular). It felt like my heart was jumping out of my chest then rebounding so forcefully it felt like a rubber band snapping. My cardiologist said there was nothing he could do about it and it didn't concern him.

If I'm remembering right, cranial nerve 7 is affected by lyme. It's the "heart nerve' controlling the electrical signals. Maybe with die off in the brain it further irritates that nerve that then affects heart rhythm?

My LLMD has since given me Bi-Carb formula (Klaire Labs) for the intense tachycardia if I have it again. I haven't had to use it thankfully. So don't know if it would work. But now that I'm thinking about it, it should try it for the forceful PAC's? You shouldn't try anything like this though unless you have a cardiologist. It could drop your blood pressure too low.

Most doc's wont see tachycardia on an EKG as being abnormal unless it's over 180 bpm that's not changing. They don't understand Lyme's affects on the heart. So you should try to get a Cardiologist that's at least willing to read up and familiarize himself with Lyme.

Print up some info for him/her when you go in, if you have too. I did that when seeing a psychotherapist for the first time. She was appreciative not having to do the research herself. It also gave her keywords to look up for further info.

good luck
Lisa
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Dowa
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   Posted 8/2/2010 12:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you LRN: I have no LLMD as I am in Texas. Doctors here dont even want to hear the word Lyme. I was just concerned with having an abnormal EKG without explaination for why it is abnormal. I also have the jumping heart sensation you mention and also fluttering feeling, my doc said to quit caffeine. I drink a whopping 2 cups in the morning and am sure that is not the problem. Thanks for your reply. Dowa

achievinggrace
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   Posted 8/2/2010 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I had abnormal EKG's on several occasions before my Lyme treatment. One time it was a T-wave inversion, something that usually indicates a heart attack was about it happen. Each time they did lots of tests which showed nothing and they sent me home.

All of my heart symptoms (fluttering, angina, arythmia and more) have resolved now that my Lyme has been treated.

seekingbalance
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   Posted 8/3/2010 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Before i was diagnosed with Lyme, I had the tachycardia and low grade high blood pressure. I was also having these big loud, rapid heart beats every time I lay down. My doc sent me to a cardiologist for a full work-up, just in case. I wore a holter monitor for 24 hrs (a small device that tracks your heart beat). It confirmed tachycardia, and found my heart raced up to 160 beats at times for no reason (that is, not correlated with increased activity). No concerning irreguar beats, even though it felt like it. he called the tachycardia "benign." He also did a ---? ultrasound? of the heart, found no structural damage. But that was 2 yrs. ago. I don't know his belief about Lyme, but I plan to revisit him shortly. I have the "luck" of living in Lyme hotspot Minnesota. More LLMDs probably, but still amazingly few.
My tachycardia was helped but not resolved(before I knew I had Lymes) with multisupplementsI am down from 105 to 90 beats/minute.
BTW, Coenzyme Q10 is HIGHLY important for heart (disclaimer: so I have read at least), as is magnesium.
My thoughts: perhaps go to a cardiologist, print out info from the net which describes heart conditions associated with Lymes, and hope he/she listens. Even if they shun the Lyme explanation, hopefully they will check the heart regardless.
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