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   Posted 9/24/2009 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi im Josh.  Im a 28 year old male.  I usually post on the UC board normally. (dx'd in 2000 with ulcerative colitis)  I've been concerned over the last week about an irregular heart rate.  Im currrently going through nursing school and Im fixing to take my last test in November, which consists of a 3 day clinical and from my understanding it is very intense.  Therefore, I've been very stressed out lately with this.  Im currently taking colozal, prednisone, caltrate, and a multivitamin for my UC.  The prednisone  (40mg with taper over a month) Im on I take whenever I begin to flare per my docs orders.  Im wondering if the prednisone could cause the irregularity or is it just the stress.  I scheduled an appointment with a cardiologist just this am for Oct. 6th.  My GI doc recommended I see one back this past May when I had a scope done and he seen I had a elevated heart rate 140-150's.  My heart rate now usually runs between the 70-90's.  Im just worried about all this, so any advice or help is much appreciated.  Sometimes I can also feel my heart beating, palpitaions?                             Josh

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   Posted 9/26/2009 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello Josh,

Many things can cause an irregular heartbeat and stress is one of them.

Reducing stress and anxiety can help lessen your heart palpitations. Try breathing exercises or deep relaxation (a step-by-step process of tensing and then relaxing every muscle group in your body) at the time of your heartbeat sensations. Also, consider practicing yoga or tai chi on a regular basis to reduce the frequency of your palpitations.

Also try not to get caught up in anticipatory anxiety especially if you are in nursing school. It is easy to start thinking you may have the disorder you are studying.

However it is very wise of you to see your physician to rule out any other medical reason for your arrhythmia.

Please do keep talking with us as we are here to listen and support you.


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