Rapid, pounding heat beat

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Date Joined Feb 2013
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   Posted 2/26/2013 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been having erratic rapid pounding heatbeat for the last year and a half. I've gone to a cardiologist and had an echo cardigram. Everything was normal. I had a heart scan today and again everything is normal. I have excellent cholesteral readings, normal blood pressure, exercise every day, eat well. I am 54 years old and am in menopause. It usually happens right after I eat or am having stress. I have not had a monitor test yet. Does anyone else have this issue? Is it related to menopause? Should I go back to my cardiologist and have a monitoring system for 24 hours? I've heard from some people that this is nothing to worry about and have to live with it. Thanks for any advice.

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Date Joined Jan 2013
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   Posted 2/26/2013 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had tachycardia for about two years now that is linked to anxiety but I don't believe is solely caused by it. I've had the typical tests; EKGs, Echocardiogram, Blood Work, Halter Monitor (24 hr), and a Chest X-Ray. Of course as these things go all of these came back clear last year and eventually the palps went away. However this year things have come back with a vengeance and especially the past 3 weeks have been rough. I have a cardiologist appointment but it's been moved back a week and now is s full month away. I'm experiencing heart palps/flutters daily, mostly when at rest. I check my bp ritually and normally it is "perfect" 107/65 p 65. I do take a Beta Blocker (Atenolol 25mg 2/day) for the tachycardia and that is why my pulse is controlled. I am very worried about my heart's condition and frustrated that my cardiologist appointment is so far away. If you think it would benefit you to wear a Halter monitor I would recommend doing so, if not for peace of mind. They aren't very intrusive and they can give you answers to your questions. Also do you have acud reflux or heartburn after you eat? If so it might be a GI problem.

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   Posted 3/14/2013 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I would get the Halter monitor. I just did one for 24 hr, had a lot of flutters or skipped beats. These are things that is not picked up in the Dr.s office during a 10 second ekg. A couple of years ago while Christmas shopping my heart took off and was racing and pounding and actually hurting. Got to the ER, my pulse was 250 bpm. They gave me two shots of something to calm it down. A week later I had an ablation. Have not had the racing since, although it has gotten up to over 100 bpm a few times.

Rxclusion, I have read many sources about have acid reflux and causing a flutter in your chest. I thought that was what I had too, until I was feeling my pulse in my neck, and felt the skipped beat at the same time of the flutter. This is why I wore the halter. When I get results I will post them.
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