Does this sound like a fib/flutter....

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   Posted 4/4/2012 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
29 years old. Diagnosed with WPW at 15 years old, had ablation, it worked! Then 10 years later...another arrhythmia began. Another ablation. It did not work. It was diagnosed as a SVT, was told it's not dangerous to happens when I exercise and my HR gets too high especially on days where I am already tired or stressed out. Last night in the shower, however, I had a weird occurrence that I can't quite "shake" from my mind. Wondering if someone has any ideas about this.

Out of nowhere, my heart started racing. Really, really fast...faster than my usual "SVT" feeling. It was not a pounding but just super fast, I got startled by it, placed my fingers to my neck to check my pulse and my pulse was totally normal...much to my shock. And then I realized I did not feel that weird fast rate either. Like it came and went quicker than I could wrap my mind around. I think I stood in the shower actually feeling the fast rate for a total of 6 seconds before deciding to go for my pulse. I felt fine otherwise. No SOB, no light headedness. No obvious start or stop to the fast rate either...which I usually feel a THUD when my usual SVT goes back into slow-mo. This then make me question if anything even happened! I literally wonder if I imagined this happening...or if it wasn't even my heart. If I had a weird muscle twitch in my chest? Does this sound crazy to anyone? I want to also note that the beat was super regular in rhythm, just FAST. I've been fine since last night without any symptoms. I do feel stressed about it now, fearing I have yet another problem on top of what I already know about.

I have a EP doc appt. already set up (before this weird thing happened). I suppose I will tell him about it. I do feel a bit crazy...almost like...did anything even actually happen?

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   Posted 4/4/2012 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum, Spresto.

My heart has sv tachycardia events a couple of times a day, maybe more. Usually they are only a few seconds to a few minutes. Occasionally they've not stopped when I did valsalva maneuvers, took aspirin and propranolol, and I had to go to the ER.

My tachy events usually are triggered by certain foods, which I identified by keeping a good journal after my allergist told me to write everything down. I'm on half the smallest dose of atenolol, but only after checking my blood pressure. If my pressure is low I'll end up crashed on the couch with low BP-triggered tachycardia.

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   Posted 4/4/2012 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
What foods did you realize you have reactions to? I might start doing this too. Good idea. I think that the reason I am more concerned all the sudden is that this weird new occurrence was different from my usual feelings of tachy. I guess after a while you learn exactly what to expect and then when I got something very different it got me hyped up. I was so weird. It lasted only a few was very very rapid. I mean...very rapid, but regular. The strangest part was that I felt no other symptoms. No shortness of breath. No panic. No loss of thought or haziness. I felt oddly calm...but I've also learned to immediately become calm as this helps the rate go away much faster if I can "center" myself so to speak. So I don't know. But I checked my pulse and it was normal-ish. Not even close to what I had just sensed was happening. And at that point the sensation of a fast rate was gone. No beginning, no ending...there and then gone. Almost like it wasn't there at a ghost.

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   Posted 4/19/2012 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry I took so long in replying.
Sometimes my tach seems regular and occasionally my little wrist BP machine says it's not regular. They do feel different. If my rate is quite high, over 145 or so, I get a feeling of complete exhaustion which does not go away for an hour or more after the event stops.

It's good you don't panic. It doesn't help. If you can't get the tach stopped with valsalva (look it up) you need to have a plan B and C. My plan B is chew up 1/2 propranolol (new scrip from my cardiologist) and an aspirin. I take the aspirin because one time the tach suddenly became a heart attack and I was life-flighted to get a stent. Good thing I chewed up a couple of aspirin that time! My plan C is go to the ER (don't drive yourself) if tach doesn't stop within an hour or is higher than 145. I've had to do that a couple of times. Once I needed chemical cardioversion. My rate was 165 then and not coming down after 3 hours with multiple meds.

My food triggers are all foods containing sulfites. (You can google lists of foods associated with different trigger chemicals. Just type in a food or two and the term "food allergy" or "food sensitivity.") You could have different food triggers than mine. That"s what the food journal helps you determine. I write down in a notebook or daily calendar everything I eat or drink, all my meds, the times, and any reactions, particularly within 2 hours of eating. My allergist got me doing this. Seeing an allergist if you have reason to suspect food intolerance was a good idea! I found my list of trigger foods and also meds that work, don't work, or have side effects. I keep a list of med reactions in my computer too. That's how I figured out most of my prescribed doses were too high for me.

You're not nuts. It takes time, maybe years, to get a handle on these events. It's like the car that runs fine when the mechanic is looking at it.

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   Posted 4/19/2012 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Afternoon,
As you have not posted for awhile now I hope you have seen your Dr. and discusssed you tachycardia with him/her.  With a history of WPW and other SVT issues I would error on the side of calling your Dr. first. 
Please do not practice using the valasalva maneuver without your Dr. teaching and instructing you to do so.  The Valsalva maneuver should not be performed by patients who have severe coronary artery disease, have experienced recent heart attack, or have a moderate to severe reduction in blood volume.
One thing to keep in mind is we are not doctors and cannot give you medical advice, however, we can share our own experiences and support you as we understand where you are coming from and what you are going through. 
I do hope you will let us know how your EP Doctor visit goes.
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