Rapid heart rate episodes

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   Posted 10/12/2010 5:58 AM (GMT -6)   
So for the past few days i have had six episodes involving light headed ness short term breathing and rapid heart rate, normal heart rate when relaxed for me is avg 64 bpm but would shoot up to 160 bpm then i would experience clammy hands and nervous shaking and very weak where it's hard to stand. I have been to urgent care, they said throw out my mountain dew drinks cause all my test came out normal. So i did... Well 14 hours later i was hit with another episode being number 5 and went straight into ICU where again numerous test such as ekg, blood work, urinalysis once again. After four hours they came that i was normal but all of a sudden had an episode right there on the monitors that's how i know my heart rate was so high. So they gave me some Ativan to help control my heart rate. I was sent home from there which the doctor thinks i have some mental health issues and i have a appointment with my doctor in two days. As for today right now after taking my prescribed meds which is ativan i take one every 8 hours and right now i am still worried, i have bad stomach cramps and my left side near armpit still has some pain involved especially after sleeping and i wake up that's when all the cramps hit at once in the stomach and on the left side of chest. I have read that in EKG that main artery can be perfectly fine but there are veins that blood shoots out on our hearts. I am hoping i get some answers because at 26 i have never experienced anything like this and i am hoping i can make it the next two days.

If anyone has had these type of problems or wants to throw some suggestions please i encourage your help. I have never been so worried in my life yet i can't think to much about it because if everything involves around stress than i am not doing my body any favors. Thank you again for your time :)

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   Posted 10/17/2010 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting that you complain of stomach cramps - gut maybe? The GI tract is connected to the heart via the vagus nerve. It's not unusual for a GI problem to trigger tachycardia. I had to get my heart reset in the ER during a 5-hour episode at 168 with irregularities a few weeks ago.

Usually my tach is triggered by a food intolerance. I found the problem after I went to an allergist who had me keeping a food log for a few months (with my reactions recorded 1 and 2 hours after eating). When I got a whole long list of seemingly unrelated individual food triggers I looked them up on the internet with "food allergies" (or intolerances) and found they all had one thing in common - sulfite.

I'm not saying you have the same thing, because there are plenty of other causes and plenty of other intolerances if it does happen to turn out you have a food sensitivity. It's just worthwhile to keep a log of your eating, drinking, and your meds, and reactions - to help your doctors rule out something like allergies and intolerances.

Meantime, look up Valsalva Maneuver to stop the tach. You hold your breath and push like a bowel movement for half a minute or so. If that doesn't work, try a few good coughs. They should have told you some tricks like that in the ER. I saw my cardiologist too, and he gave me a few inderal pills to try. I had another episode last night after drinking a tiny glass of wine. (I knew better too, and I did try the Valsalva.) It took about 2 hours to work, but no ER.
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