Sudden increase by 250 bpm and palpitations but normal stress test, ECG, Echo, Holter, blood work.

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   Posted 5/12/2017 7:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm a 21 year old male with no medical conditions. For around five years I have experienced occasional palpitations and skipped beats. I have seen two cardiologists one of which is also an electrophysiologist. To date I have had, one stress test, two echocardiograms, three holter monitors fitted, 7 12-lead ECG' and 12 blood tests and a chest x-ray all which were deemed normal.

My palpitations sometimes feel like a skipped beat but subtle, and other times a very noticeable pause and suction-like feeling followed by a very strong beat. Interestingly, I can feel some these coming on before they happen by a few minutes. They almost always happen post-exertion or anxiety/adrenaline during the recovery period. While I now know these to be PAC's and PVC's I am not convinced these are benign.

What also concerns me is that last week I was anxious with adrenaline pumping and my heart rate was around 60 bpm and it instantly shot up to a very quick and rapid regular rate above 250 for about 2-3 seconds then instantly went back into it's normal sinus rhythm of 60 bpm without warning.

What worries me is that between the time I have had my tests and now, I may have developed ventricular tachycardia? Or could this be benign such as SVT? My last tests were 9 months ago. The last cardiologist/electrophysiologist I saw said my ectopics were perfectly benign and I had nothing to worry about. I was discharged form the hospital indefinitely. Only if they occurred one after another he told me it is then considered dangerous. Also I have no family history of heart problems.

My current heart diagnosis (all deemed completely benign):

- Sinus arrhythmia
- Sinus tachycardia
- Ectopics (PVC's and PAC's)

Is this common? My main concern is this becoming lethal despite 'normal' test results.

Post Edited (Osten467) : 5/12/2017 6:42:25 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/12/2017 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Osten & welcome to Healing Well. In light of all of your testing being normal your comment of the adrenaline rush sounds like the culprit. I can assure had anything of concern showed up on your testing the dr would have advised you of this.

If you are having some doubts you can always gather up copies of your testing & consult with another cardiologist. If you go this route & the dr agrees that you have nothing to worry about, please move on with your life & live as you should be for someone so young.

Take care.
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   Posted 5/12/2017 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
try meditation. welcome, keep strong, agree with susie.
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