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   Posted 7/15/2014 6:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Recently went to the ER on the eighth because I thought I was having a heart attack. This was on 7/08 at 3:00am, it woke me up out of a dead sleep! My chest hurt horribly, my palms were sweaty, my whole left side of my body was numb and it smelt like something was burning. The ambulance took me to the hospital where they ran some basic blood work and did two EKG's.

I was told that my EKG's were abnormal and that I would be admitted for ''observation''. I received an echo, an ultrasound and more cardiac blood work done while I was admitted.

When the doctor finally came in he took one look at me and I knew right then and there he would be of no help. I'm only 21 years old and weigh about 109lbs. He gave me that look that says, ''let's get this over with''.

He said my EKG's were both normal (even though I had been told they were not), then proceeded to tell me it was anxiety, stress, panic attacks, etc. I explained that I have neither of those. He then threw the, ''you're too young to have a heart attack'' line I'm used to hearing.

I left angry. My chest pain has grown to be almost intolerable these past months but now it's worse. I should have lashed back at him and said I was too young for any of the diseases I struggle with, but he wasn't worth it.
I picked up my medical records to day and found that I have Sinus Arrhythmia and that my EKG showed ''Trace Mitral Regurgitation'' along with ''Mild Tricuspid Regurgitation''.

Now, I'm no doctor but I am medically smart so to speak and I know that Sinus Rhythm is usually present when MR is ACUTE because the atria have not had time to stretch and remodel. And ACUTE MR normally requires emergency mitral valve repair or replacement with concomitant coronary revascularization as necessary. I have n appointment with my cardiologist next Wednesday on 7/23 but I was wondering if anyone has had this or knows more about this so I'm not freaking out. Thank you! cry
Diagnosed 2014 Hypothyroidism and Lupus
Currently only taking 0.025mg of Levothyroxine
New to it all and completely freaked out!

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   Posted 7/15/2014 7:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi BFogg,

Sinus rhythm: The normal regular rhythm of the heart set by the natural pacemaker of the heart called the sinoatrial (or sinus) node.

Sinus, apparently, means a rhythm from the SA Node, and is usually a regular rhythm. Sinus Arrhythmia, also known as Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia, is the natural, and healthy, variation in heart rate as we breath in (faster) and breath out (slower). This is more pronounced in youth, as we age the effect isn't as significant.

You mention that the EKG showed the following, perhaps you meant the Echo, not sure. ''Trace Mitral Regurgitation'' along with ''Mild Tricuspid Regurgitation''.

You're doing the right thing by seeing a cardiologist, but I wouldn't worry too much, if they saw something urgent, they would not have released you. I've been worrying about my heart since I was 15, that was 42 years ago. I have rhythm issues, PVCs, PACs, had infrequent PSVT, and some say MVP, others not. I have an inverted T-Wave, had it all my life, that causes my EKGs to be listed as abnormal, but the doctors say no.

Hang in there.

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   Posted 7/15/2014 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I meant echo. My apologies (:
And I appreciate your input, it puts my mind a little more at ease.
Just worried because I have very high cholesterol and my MPV have been really high lately as well.
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