Was this a heart attack

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   Posted 8/29/2012 2:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi I had a really weird experience and I wanted to know if this was normal or if I should pursue it further tachycardia and Pvc's for about 2 years now and have been taking a beta-blocker for about a year and a half. I also have had a few episodes of super ventricular tachycardia. So, I took my pulse and it was about 90 bpm, not bad I took my beta blocker and got ready for bed I went to bed. All of the sudden I started getting these rushes over my body kind of like I was floating I was dizzy, sick to my stomach, and starting to tremor. I felt my heart going faster and faster it was 138! I was dumping sweat by this time and my whole body was shaking.

I called my family that lives about 20 min away to come and get my daughter and take me to the hospital. It was about an hour before I arrived at the hospital and they were over full so I was stuck in a room with no monitoring for another 2 hours! The left side of my chest hurt so bad and it felt like someone was pushing all of their weight down on my chest. Finally they hooked me up to monitors and my o2 sat was 84% and my pulse was 115 they put 2l of oxygen on and left me for another hour. By the time they did finally do an ekg my sats had normalized and my pulse was 80 and o2 was 100%. But, still if I sat up or reclined they would jump around. The doctor then came in another hour later and said well this is weird I have no idea what could have happened.

I was feeling a lot better after the oxygen and my ekg was normal so they sent me home no further testing no blood work. Even though I was admitted with classic signs of a heart attack they only did the ekg. My question is is this normal or something that I shouldn't really worry about. The pvc's Tachycardia and chest pain I can handle i'm used to that but the euphoric out of body feeling and 84% oxygen scarred me. Any advise would be much appreciated. I feel like I was blown off because of my age I am 25.

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   Posted 8/29/2012 6:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Has there been anything going on that would raise your anxiety level? Anxiety attacks feel like a heart attack and we have a lot of the symptoms of a heart attack. Just curious. I hope you find out what is going on. I am sure some of the more experienced members here will help you. I am just filling in temporarily until the other regular mod comes back.

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   Posted 8/29/2012 9:48 PM (GMT -6)   
You were right in going to the hospital. Too bad you didn't get checked sooner with cardiac symptoms like that. O2 sat is a little scarey. Do you have asthma? I'd get an appointment with my cardiologist soon. He can check if there was any heart damage, do another EKG, maybe a stress test.
If the cardiologist doesn't find anything you can ask whom to see about anxiety - I know nothing about how it could give these symptoms.

Keep a log or journal about these experiences to see if you can find any triggers. Write down your activities, what you are eating and drinking, any reactions, and the times of everyting. That's how I found I have a sensitivity to certain preservatives and ingredients that trigger my tachycardia events. You can view several more posts about journals by putting the keywords into the search box at the top of the page. My allergist had me doing this and my symptoms went away for the most part when I avoid my trigger foods.

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   Posted 8/31/2012 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies! I wish I could blame it on anxiety I have gotten pretty good at understanding that staying calm is key in making it through situations like this. I should also mention that I have Lyme disease and Babesia which this episode could have been caused by. i will look into the food journal though that is great advise i try and eat pretty healthy no preservatives, dyes, processed food etc.. but, that night I had eaten some bbq potato chips and that could have added to the episode. Also I have had a cardiologist apt for a while now but it is still pretty far out Oct. 17th they said they couldn't gt it any closer because they are overwhelmed with patients. The local hospital here is terrible I should have gone to a more major hospital but I was concerned that I wasn't going to make it in a car for an hour... the doctor was not even told about my low o2 until i told her then she went and asked the nurse then blamed it on a faulty machine. but, then depended on that same machine to be able to release me?
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