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Bicycling Architect
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   Posted 2/28/2014 11:49 PM (GMT -6)   
about 2 or more years ago, I started getting these super brief chest shocks. I would be crossing the street, brisk walking, and all of a sudden feel a quick little shock in my chest, no mistaking it; resonates through my whole body but it’s so brief, only lasts for a fraction of a second.

They’re not frequent, they usually occur every couple months, every couple weeks, at the randomest times, at different degrees, I can really never predict when or from what but for the most part it’s been during the morning when I’m out and about.
Usually it’ll just happen one time, on a day, a few times it’s happened twice on the same day, but I won’t feel it again for a good while.

When I first started getting them I immediately went to see my general practitioner, and also visited a cardiologist. They did everything took my pulse, blood pressure, EKG’s, ultra sound and with everything they said I looked in great shape and that there were no signs of anything.

I’m 29 (almost 30), male, and at the end of college (4 years ago) after the longest bout of all-nighters, and over caffeinating, I started having panic attacks and saw doctors and specialists…

Thankfully I have not had as many if any panic attacks since then. I am not sure what have been causing these brief “shock” feelings every now and then. I feel strong, healthy, I try to exercise regularly and moderately, keep a good diet, and as well, fairly active at work.

At first I thought it was mainly caffeine and have cut back as much as possible…I feel like it’s just that I’m aging and is a combination of lack of sleep, stress, etc.

A couple times I had these “shocks” I had taken Nature Made Sleep (natural sleep aid) the night before but am sure if that had anything to do with it, or if just lack of rest combined with activity was the culprit.
One doctor suggested that these are probably just benign and a side affect of aging and perhaps that’s all I need to get used to, that my body, all the organs are aging including the heart, but I thought posting this might be a good idea if anyone else has some insight.

It’s bewildering to not know what’s going on, if they are just random skipped beats from lack of rest or inadequate warm-up, if it’s natural, or etc. and in the back of my mind I really pray nothing’s wrong with me and would hope I not have to get a pacemaker for years to come God-willing (if that’s the only true way to tell.)

stkitt
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   Posted 3/1/2014 1:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell!
 

If you’re experiencing pain, pressure or discomfort in the center of the chest, in the arms back, jaw, neck or stomach, along with shortness of breath, cold sweat, nausea or fatigue, or lightheadedness, you need to get to the nearest emergency room.

But if you’re a normal person, you often feel fleeting aches and pains in the chest area.  From what I have learned  the following symptoms are unlikely to signal a heart attack; Reference Health Hub, Cleveland Clinic

  • Momentary chest discomfort, often characterized as a lightning bolt or electrical shock
  • Pinpoint chest discomfort that worsens with positional changes in breathing
  • Chest discomfort that seems to get better with exercise

Keep in mind that HealingWell should never take the place of a medical screening exam therefore if you continue to be concerned about your "chest shocks" do follow up with a physician for another opinion.

Kindly,

Kitt


~~Kitt~~
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"She Stood in the Storm & When the Wind Did Not Blow Her Away, She Adjusted Her Sails."

Post Edited (stkitt) : 3/2/2014 2:43:05 PM (GMT-7)


JungRulz
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   Posted 3/2/2014 6:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bicycling Architect,

Welcome to the forum. A few observations.

1. I trust you don't have a pacemaker, although reading your post I would say no.
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2. When adrenaline is released, it would not be uncommon to feel it in your chest. The heart indeed at least feels like it's the center of emotions.
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3. I found this researching your question, it may be of some help.

health.clevelandclinic.org/2012/08/three-types-of-chest-pain-that-wont-kill-you/

Excerpt:

"But if you’re a normal person, you often feel fleeting aches and pains in the chest area.  According to Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Curtis Rimmerman, MD, writing in his book “The Cleveland Clinic Guide to Heart Attacks,” the following symptoms are unlikely to signal a heart attack:

Momentary chest discomfort, often characterized as a lightning bolt or electrical shock...."

Seems to be the same info provided by Kitt, but you now have the link as well.

Please visit the link for more specific information. Nevertheless, you have done the proper thing consulting your doctor, please continue to do if so instructed or if you continue to have concerns. I've been suffering from a benign arrhythmia for 40 years, and have participated on heart rhythm forums for years, I have never heard of a rhythm issue causing that sensation.

Be well.

stkitt
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   Posted 3/2/2014 3:50 PM (GMT -6)   
 
I am glad to see you are verifying the info I received from the nurse chat at Cleveland's Health Hub is accurate.  You may want to know that I have a membership to Mayo's help center to as I have worked with many of the Drs. that come from Mayo.
 
It is good to have another member online in the Heart Forum as it is sad to see so many questions receive only one response so I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to find a member who loves to interact in the forums.
 
Keep on sharing your wisdom and personal experiences.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
 
 
~~Kitt~~
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and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease.



"She Stood in the Storm & When the Wind Did Not Blow Her Away, She Adjusted Her Sails."

JungRulz
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   Posted 3/2/2014 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kitt,

Alas, I was 3/4 the way through my post before I realized you had posted the same, but made the decision to continue and include the link. I added my experience with rhythm disturbances.

Wish you well.

Jveautour
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   Posted 2/2/2017 6:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you still on here bicycling archtech?

straydog
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   Posted 2/2/2017 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I clicked on his username, this was his only post, sorry.
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Kdude
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   Posted 2/16/2018 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Interesting thread. I also have been having these shocks that come for a second you feel like your heart is on pause for a fraction of a second. Good to know someone else has gone through the same thing over a period of time. I saw the doctor today and she said my temperature, pressure and heart rhythm were fine then after i left the office a few hours later i got the shocks and wanted to go for an ECG but it would maybe turn out normal. I wonder if its stress maybe emotional stress that contributes to this. Because I have done an ECG when i was anxious and worried and when i relaxed 10 minutes later i did the ECG again and it was normal. So I don't know. But thanks for your insights. Good to know this has happened to someone else
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