Holter Monitor results, am I worrying for nothing?

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   Posted 6/11/2012 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all! First time on this board for me, but I need some advice.

I managed to get my doc's office to fax the results of my Holter & Echo, directly to me, that was sent to them from the cardiologist. The echo came back good, but there is some sort of issue with the Holter Monitor reading. My PCP wanted me to either see her, or go back to the cardiologist to discuss the results and see if I would need some type of med. to control this. I chose the latter, seeing as he IS the heart doctor.

I suffer from all different anxiety/panic disorders, among other things....

Anyway this is what the report said for my holter monitor, hope some of you can help me interpret it, as I'm not seeing anything that's worth worrying myself sick over. BUT...my anxiety is quite high now.

Here goes......

Holter Report Summary

Total QRS Complexes: 123605
Ventricular Ectopics: 488 ( <1%)
Supraventricular Ectopics: 41 ( <1%)

Heart Rate:
minimum: 65 bpm
maximum: 141 bpm
avg: 89

rate > = 120 bpm for 00:15:00
rate: < = 60 bpm for 00:00:00

Pauses: 9 pauses ( > = 2.0 seconds )
Longest: 10.1 secs

Ventricular Events

Isolateds: 377
In Bigeminal Cycles: 31
Couplets: 42
Runs: 9
Longest: 3 Beats, 105 bpm
Fastest: 3 beats, 167 bpm
Slowest: 3 beats, 99 bpm

Supraventricular Events

Isolateds: 23
Couplets: 9
Runs: 0

No ST Events

1. The basic mechanism was sinus rhythm/sinus tachycardia with rates ranging from 65 to 141 beats per minute.
2. Average Heart rate was 89 beats per minute
3. Atrial Ectopic beats were rare.
4. Ventricular ectopic beats were rare.
5. There were no pauses.

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   Posted 6/14/2012 1:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I think you should go to the cardiologist so you can rule out many things. Once you know exactly what you have then you can start to move on.

By reading that you mention that you have anxiety and panic, I am pretty sure that if the Doctors told you that it is all ok then it is. The reason that you still have the heart issue it is due to the disorder. Remove the disorder and it will go away. I did that and the skips and flutters are hardly there. So are the other many symptoms that come along with anxiety and panic disorder.

I have Severe Anxiety and Panic Attacks. One of my constant worries is my heart because it flutters or skips. I had the Holter monitor twice and I also had an echo cardiogram which was normal and I also had a stress test done which was also normal. I was diagnose with Benign Arrhythmia. I bought a program that has helped e a lot. It has stopped most of my skip or flutters. Once I bought the program I finally understood why and how to return to normal. The program is called The Linden Method and it works. I got the download version since it is the lowest price. Hope this helps.

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   Posted 6/14/2012 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Fox,
I think you are absolutely right, I don't think you are seeing anything  that's worth worrying your self sick over.  Keep your appointment with the Dr. to see what he has to say and remember to use all of the tools you have learned to keep your anxiety level in the low range.
I am neither for or against buying self help programs but I do not believe that just purchasing the Linden Program will solve all your problems. 
You know I am here for you and I believe in you so big breath and kick that anxiety to the curb as you know how to do that so just be in the moment.
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   Posted 6/14/2012 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Kitt! My appointment to see the cardiologist is tomorrow morning at 8:40. So I'll be sure to let you know how everything turns out.

After all, I went to get the echo and the monitor FOR palpitations, so I'm not at all surprised to see sinus tachycardia show up on the report. I mean.... Isn't that what tachycardia is??? Palpitations??? I feel that it is coming from a combo of my anxiety disorders and being in menopause.

We'll see what he says..... I'll be in touch tomorrow, probably on the other board though.

Sending BIG ((HUGS)) your way....


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   Posted 9/30/2015 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I know its been 3 years, but did you ever get the answers you needed? I had a 24 hour holter because I started feeling palps and skipped/extra beats several months ago. They didn't go away so I saw the doc, who ordered the holter after my regular EKG was normal. My GP said the report showed abnormal findings such as Ventricular Ectopy and Bigeminy and referred me to a cardiologist. I have not seen my report, although the paper the doc was looking at had substantially fewer sentences on it than yours, haha. I saw the report that you posted showing the results. Your report said there were 31 bigeminal cycles...yet at the end it said ventricular ectopy was rare. I thought PVC's and ventricular ectopy were the same thing...so if you had them in a bigeminy pattern how could they be rare?

I see the cardio in a week and am just real anxious. I thank you so much for any response you can share with me. This is ruining my life at the moment...:-).
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