Palpitations ... scared of echo results

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devm95
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   Posted 7/28/2015 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I apologize in advance for the lengthiness of the post but I’m hoping someone can give me some opinions or some peace of mind. I just turned 20 years old and I have never had any health problems. Even though I almost never exercise I am at an average weight, but I don’t eat as healthy as I would like. Not sure if that plays a role in my problems. I had been having these strange chest pains. It’s hard to explain what they feel like. They are always on the left side of my chest at the top of my breast and it’s off and on, not continuous pain. It is not exactly painful, but more bothersome and makes me worry. Sometimes I find that moving to a different position will help relieve it. After having these strange pains for a few months I decided to go to the nurse last semester at college, who then advised that I should go to the ER immediately because of my racing heart rate. After x-rays, an EKG, and blood work, the doctor informed me that everything was normal and that reason for the chest pain did not seem to be coming from my heart, but maybe just stress. Before he came in to talk to me, my BP and HR were fine, but as soon as he walked in, the monitor started beeping like crazy as my HR shot up. He said my HR increased as it should when you exercise, and that it wasn’t abnormal, but it’s strange that it would rise for no reason. He thought of Costochondritis but that was ruled out as it doesn’t really hurt when you press on that area of my chest, just a little discomfort. He referred me to see a cardiologist to follow up to get more answers and maybe wear a holter monitor for a day. After a few more months, my chest pain continued off and on as it had been, and my palpitations as well. I was diagnosed with an unspecified anxiety disorder around this time so I blamed the palpitations on the anxiety. I was put on 10 mg of Lexapro, which even a couple months later I haven’t noticed a difference in my symptoms. While playing volleyball at a family party I noticed my heart beat speed up and pound through my chest even though I was barely moving around, and thought, “my heart shouldn’t be doing this.” I kept ignoring the palpitations and thinking nothing of them until I finally felt the need to make an appt. with the cardiologist a few days later. At the cardiologist appointment, I told the doctor about the palpitations and occasional chest pain. He ruled out the chest pain to be just musculoskeletal, but my palpitations concerned him. He told me if your heart rate stays up there for a long time it could cause heart damage, but mine isn’t like that, it starts racing then slowly comes down.. After placing his hand on my chest he said my heart beat was rather strong... I knew my nerves were making my heart pound. I told him an example of how when I sit in class and I know I’m about to be called on by the teacher, my heart starts racing. Sometimes dizziness is involved, but not enough that I would faint. I believe the anxiety plays a big role. The more I think about it, the more my heart races. After listening to my heart, he told me I have a murmur, but it isn’t much to be concerned about,because they are usually benign. I was never told this by any doctor my whole life. I’ve never had problems with my heart in 20 years. I went for blood work because he wants to check my thyroid levels and to see if I’m anemic. My T4 levels have been elevated in the past but I was never placed on medication for it, and my triglycerides are slightly high. My BP was also elevated at this appointment. I have to wait 2 weeks to go back for an ultrasound (echocardiogram) to evaluate the murmur and to just see the overall anatomy of my heart. He says if everything comes back normal he will diagnose me with Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia (IST) and discuss putting me on a beta blocker. He decided wearing a holter monitor would not provide any answers. These next 2 weeks of waiting are going to be brutal. I find myself checking my pulse a million times daily and I can’t stop thinking about it. I’m not sure if I would be better off on a benzodiazepine like xanax, klonopin, ativan, etc.. for the anxiety. But I need to see if there’s any problem with my heart first, and find out if it really is all anxiety/nerves and stress, or not. I’m noticing that even if I get up from a chair to walk up the stairs my heart instantly starts racing which makes me believe it’s not anxiety at all. I viewed the lab results online a few days after the appointment, and it looks like everything is normal, but I’m not entirely sure as I’m not a doctor and don’t really know what the levels mean... I didn’t receive a phone call or any urgent messages. In the meantime, I would like to know what to expect after this echo of my heart... and any thoughts on my problems and what could be wrong if anyone has any ideas... I shouldn't ask this but what's the worst case scenario? I’m so anxious and so scared.

Post Edited (devm95) : 7/28/2015 10:53:10 PM (GMT-6)


theHTreturns...
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   Posted 8/1/2015 1:37 AM (GMT -6)   
hi and welcom devm95. first don't dr. google!!!! yes anxiety does all of that stuff, palps high bp and racing heart rate. with excess weight there could be hypertension. isd sounds about right. most murmurs are benign. palps are common, esp with immediate exercise/ lifting etc. got to eat right. cholesterol / lipid levels need to be good. worst case scenario. no cardiologist, acquiring more knowledge on heart health. had a double by-pass from a NSTEMI. relaxation techniques are useful. mindfulness, walking etc. if you focus on it, then bam the anxiety, then because of the anxiety you focus on it even more. no need to be scared. if they were seriously worried y6ou would be in hospital. deep breathing, in through the nose, hold and slowly breathe out. repeat a few times. any distraction is good. mine is music and walking. and hw!!! i like to help when i can. no messages, so they are not worried. echo, checks ya heart. walls, flow, rate, etc. it has a look around. you are in safe hands. let us know how you go. healing thoughts. ps. paragraphs would be handy. i only say this as i have diabetic retinapathy and it is easier for members to read. cheers.

ps a beta blocker is usually the first port of call. lower stress if possible. sorry if i said excess weight, just meaning this common element. i am big and losing weight. i live with anxiety, i can be managed. talk with ya doc. maybe some low dose valium as a prn, for the short term may be the go. check out the anxiety forum as well. i am there sometimes. good info and support. keep strong.
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Post Edited (THE HAPPY TURTLE) : 8/1/2015 12:44:51 AM (GMT-6)


timetofly
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   Posted 8/4/2015 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Just read your problem. It was a longer story, and you could just make small paragraphs because after reading everything I could not do a quick recap.

First thing about stress - You fear about something that you don't know about. So, first step is to educate yourself about heart problems by reading online. Only read articles from renowned organisations like American heart association. The more you understand heart diseases, the more you understand that things aren't so bad yet.

Now about your current chest pain- which comes and go. To know about it exactly, you need to co-relate other symptoms that comes with chest pain, because different problems have different effects on the body.

a. Chest pain like squeezing and pressure sensation. Along with pain spreading to your arm, shoulder, jaw or back. – Possible Risk – Coronary Artery Disease
b. Chest pain with inflammation sensation, along with Fever, fast heart beat and difficulty to breath. – Possible Risk – Myocarditis
c. Sharp Chest pain sensation, pain for longer duration along with upper neck and shoulder muscle. Sometime it is difficulty to breath, swallow food or lie down on your back. – Possible Risk – Pericarditis
d. Chest pain and shortness of breath usually during Exercise. Sometime, chest pain along with dizziness, lightheadedness, fainting. – Possible Risk – Cardiomyopathy
e. Chest pain, palpitations, Dizziness, Fluttering sensation. – Possible Risk – Valve disorder or Arrhythmia
f. Sudden Severe Chest pain with a tearing or ripping sensation that goes up into the neck, back or abdomen. – Possible Risk – Coronary Artery Dissection
g. Chest pain along with severe cough or sneezing. – Possible Risk – Lung disease
h. Chest pain along with Acid reflux or vomiting, sour taste in mouth. Possible Risk – Gastrointestinal Disease or Stomach Problem.
i. More Severe Chest pain, usually in the center or left side of the chest, and not going down. Along with Sweating, nausea, shortness of breath or severe weakness. Possible Risk – Myocardial Infarction (Heart attack)

j Now, normal chest pain occurs when your heart is beating faster for longer duration. Stress makes heart beat faster. When heart is working more than normal, then it needs more glucose and oxygen quickly. If you are thin, then your body works hard to generate glucose to supply your heart. Lungs increases their capacity to hold more blood for oxygen.

Now, I donot want to scare you but since you are adult enough, then you should know about them. One more thing, I have written in above points "as possible risk" because it is not guaranteed that these exact symptoms will cause these problems. But, there is some possibility.

Now to control stress. You will get hundreds of methods to control stress online and everyone is writing about them. But if the main cause of stress is not stopped, then none of these meditations will work out for you. Stress = fear of something. Fear goes when we are strong enough. For example, if you go to jungle, and a lion comes in front of you, then you get stress because of fear. But if you learn behavior of lion, stress doesn't come.

So, learn about heart problems, and become part doctor yourself. You are living in the information age, where everything can be accessed. Be strong in life.
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Melissuh
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   Posted 8/17/2015 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't have much helpful advice, I too suffer from palps, I know how scary they can be. but the racing heart, im not too sure about that.. mine races sometimes after I eat, or when my anxiety is bad.

for the stress, try some deep breathing techniques. maybe some mindfulness meditation.

have you had your 2 week appt yet? I see this was posted on the 28th.
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devm95
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   Posted 8/21/2015 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
So I had the echocardiogram done and when I went for the results, the doctor informed me that he saw a little effusion (fluid surrounding my heart) which was interesting. He said I probably had pericarditis (inflammation of the pericardium) and it most likely has resolved. The pericarditis most likely was causing the chest pain, and I am no longer having this chest pain, so it makes sense that it may have resolved already. And he said pericarditis is very positional, which also makes sense because the chest pain would be relieved if I changed position. I am still having palpitations daily throughout the day. I find that it bothers me more when I wake up in the morning... He said treatment for pericarditis would be some kind of anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen.. But he doesn't think I need treatment. Other than that, he said my heart looked fine, and said nothing regarding the murmur. He ordered me a blood test to check some markers of inflammation and to wear a 30 day event monitor to see more about the palpitations, which I am now wearing. I got blood work for sedimentation rate, rheumatoid factor, ANA, anti neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody, and C-Reactive protein. I looked at the results online and everything looks fine except for the C-Reactive protein. It says the standard range is 0.00-10.00 mg/L and my value is 5.55. It says high cardiac risk is > 3.0 mg/L. This has me very worried. The doctor hasn't sent me any messages or called me.. So I'm not sure if I should be concerned. I did some research and I read that your CRP level may be high if you have inflammation throughout your body. I'm not sure why it would be high... Maybe because of inflammation of the pericardium? I'm scared. I don't have another appointment until I'm done with the monitor, a month from now... Opinions?

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   Posted 8/22/2015 5:32 AM (GMT -6)   
sounds all positive. if the doc was worried about the bloods you would be informed. palps, mmm, await the Holter results. this will be indicative. keep well.
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