Question about heart palpitations... ? Can anyone relate?

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noodle1892
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   Posted 12/16/2010 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
As long as I can remember I've had random heart palpitations. Recently though, I have had weird episodes in which I almost faint. I will be standing or sitting, doesn't matter, and its almost like my heart trips over itself and bubbles/beats into my throat and all of this pressure goes to my neck and head from my chest. During the episode my face was extremely red, and after it ended it got very pale very fast. I felt like I was going to faint, with all of the pressure and the weird beating coming from my chest.

Does anyone know what this is? Am I in any danger? I'm a 17 year old female, a little underweight but nothing major.

Thank you ><

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   Posted 12/16/2010 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello and my I strongly suggest you see you physician for a medical screening exam especially if you are feeling faint.  It may be something very simple but you really need to chek in with physician.
 
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noodle1892
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   Posted 12/16/2010 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Well my mother thinks i'm fine... and my physician just said it was pre-syncopal episodes. I'm terrified now, I get left arm pain and chest pain at times too... I'm just afraid of a ventricular tachycardia or something that would kill me.

And thank you! blush

CrohnieToo
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   Posted 12/16/2010 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I would INSIST on a 30 day event monitor - or at least a 14 day event monitor depending on how often these episodes occur. It could be Atrial fibrillation which can get SERIOUS causing a stroke, blood clot in the heart or lungs, etc.

It could be something as simple as a deficiency of potassium, magnesium, calcium, etc. - BUT - you NEED to find out what and why. Go to a different doctor if necessary. Trust your instincts. No one knows your body better than you do.
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Post Edited (CrohnieToo) : 12/16/2010 11:19:19 AM (GMT-7)


noodle1892
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   Posted 12/16/2010 11:53 AM (GMT -7)   
That's the problem... My mother refuses to take me to a doctor or specialist about this. She just says I'm fine and to stop talking about it.... Don't you hate when people don't understand?
So i really don't know what to do, since I've never heard of anyone experiencing this.

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   Posted 12/16/2010 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Since you have been seen by a doctor I wouldn't dwell on it unless it gets a lot worse or you actually faint.

A few "supraventricular" rapid beats probably aren't important, but if they last for a long time, like an hour, you need to be in the ER. An occasional large thump is not something to worry about either.

At age 17 you may very well just have a low blood pressure and be subject to a little drop on sitting up after lying down or standing standing up after sitting.
Alcie
 
 

noodle1892
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   Posted 12/16/2010 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I wish that were the case, but with these it's not even a thump, very much different from the usual palpitations. A pre-syncopal episode usually lasts no more than 10 seconds, in which my heart feels very erratic or something is going on there... triggered by nothing, not stress, exercise, nada.

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But thank you also!

stkitt
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   Posted 12/16/2010 5:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Syncope is the transient loss of consciousness (fainting) and tone in the body that results from inadequate blood supply to the brain. This is a temporary phenomenon and people usually recover on their own in a short period of time.
 
Presyncope is the feeling that one is about to faint, and it is often experienced immediately before a syncopal episode.
Feeling your heart race, or palpitations, is a very frequent symptom of anxiety.
 
If palpitations are bothering you a lot, a chat with your doctor is worthwhile. Even if the palpitations are from anxiety, you now have some extra reassurance. If you have been evaluated medically and there is no sign of a cardiac rhythm problem or other medical condition I would look at how to decrease your anxiety.
 
Please remember I am not a Doctor.
 
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noodle1892
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   Posted 12/16/2010 5:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm on Zoloft for anxiety, and yes I'd agree that a lot of the regular ones are from anxiety. But the pre-syncopal ones are like nothing else and are scary. My doctor won't test me, he just says I'm fine.
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