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cenedra
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   Posted 8/27/2006 11:44 PM (GMT -7)   
HI i just found this forum tonight and wanted to introduce myself

Im 32 and about 6 months ago i thought i was having a heart attack
went to the er and my heart was going crazy over 225 beat per min
is what started it all

i was reffered to a local county hospital here ( free) and had several tests done including a holter monitor and a stress test
i was told i have sinus tachycardia and was put on 50mg of atenolol

ive never felt the same after all of this
I live in tx which makes it even worse i cant stand the heat at all anymore
this summer has been terrible and i basically have been sitting in the house all summer

about 2 weeks ago i passed out for no reason at all, at home and knocked myself on the head really good on the bathroom sink
went back to doc they did a ekg in the office and everything looked ok but for some reason im not sure they are telling me the truth
this is really scareing the crap out of me

im now scheduled for a holter monitor for a month, a mri, something called a EPP and to see a cardic neurolgist

doc said no driving and no work

i guess im really glad i found this forum, i dont have alot of support in my life and have been trying to deal with all of this on my own, which hasnt been easy at all...

Hopes
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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 8/28/2006 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Cenedra,

Welcome. Sorry you are going through so much right now. I hope the doctors find out what is going on soon and can help.

I live in Tx also and agree that this summer has been especialy BAD for heat. The city I live in has had something like 17 straight days of 100+ heat. Heat index, of course, even worse. :(

I just had my gallbladder remove last Tuesday and have not been out of the house since that time. So what do I care!~ LOL...Just sittin in my air conditioned house with the blinds closed because if you open them up during the day, the house will HEAT up. :)

I deal mostly with palpitations and my cardiologist thinks I have coronary artery spasms. I take a low dose calcium channel blocker for that. Can't tell if it helps.

After the surgery I started having weird sensations and symptoms. The surgeon took me off the pain medication 33 hours after surgery because of it. Aren't I the lucky one? :( Then the cardiologist took me off the calcium channel blocker for a couple of weeks because of it. ???

I just don't do meds well!! I just never seem to have typical symptoms for anything!

My gallbladder pain was atypical. After all the heart tests, when my HIDA scan showed that my gallbladder was not functioning well, the cardiologist JUMPED on that as the source of my pain. The surgeon wasn't so sure. I felt if I did not have it out the cardiologist would not take my symptoms serious and would continue to blame everything on gallbladder. (I get alot of chest pain that is pretty much unexplained. I've had LOTS of test though.)

My GP thinks I have fibromyalgia also. If I do, it is a rather mild form of it. However I don't think this surgery has helped anything. Just 5 days after surgery and the pain is BACK-same place! (Guess the cardiologist was wrong! It wasn't gallbladder pain. Guess the surgeon was right.)

Sorry this is long and really off topic. I'm just sitting around my house feeling a little down and hoping to feel better soon. My surgeon said I'd just be sore for 3-5 days and promised that the surgery wouldn't make things worse. (Think he was wrong about that one!)

DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 8/28/2006 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Hi Cenendra, i am curious if your doctor lowered the dose of the atenolo you are on, 50 mg is not really a high dose but maybe it caused you to pass out by lowering your bp to much.  do you have an arm cuff to check your bp at home. i would invest in one if i were you.  did you feel dizzy before you passed out? and finally, meds can react differently, just like hopes said she just cannot handle them well, neither do i so maybe you just need a different medication  sorry i cannot be of more help.

cenedra
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   Posted 8/29/2006 1:08 AM (GMT -7)   
nope 50mg is what i have been on for the last 6 months
it honestly really doesnt seem to help much either
if i get up and do anything my heart starts raceing like crazy
even trying to clean around the house i have to sit down alot because if feels
like my heart is going to jump out of my chest

i know i need to get a monitor but honestly at this time there is no way i can afford it

as far as me passing out i dont remeber being dizzy at all
i was talking to my other half, he said i just went down in the middle of a sentence

ive talked to my doc about my heart still raceing before i passed out and he really didnt seemed concerend at all
i guess thats the problem with going to a county free hospital it seems like they really dont care
for i had them change my doc, she is the one that has ordered all the new tests
it seems like she is a little more careing than the other guy atleast

its been a tough 6 months is all i can say hes been out of work the entire time and no job prospects at all so far
we made it before because both of us were working

Hopes
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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 8/29/2006 7:29 AM (GMT -7)   

Cenedra,

A couple of quick questions about when you passed out: Have you ever done that before-even back when you were a child?

It sounds like you were in the bathroom at the time. Had you or your husband just come out of the shower or even a really warm bath? Was the bathroom warm/hot and steamy, really humid-like?

That can cause a fainting episode. I know because that happened to my daughter last October. She had just come out of a hot shower with the bathroom door closed. I had opened it up to ask her a question and she went down. I mean it was fast-no floating down or slow motion anything. It was BOOM-down. She was out for several minutes and wasn't coherent for a few minutes after that. She could not move when she finallly started being able to hear and respond to me. It was VERY frightening. I called EMS They came over and had to pick her up and carry her to the bed because she said she could not move.The checked her out and said she was fine now. Her pediatricain insisted we take her to a children's ER. They did many tests both in the hospital and then a couple of specialist we had to go see. However nothing was found to be wrong.Everyone agrees it most likely was from the hot, steamy shower. ????

Interesting to note: I have never had problems with passing out but her dad did several times as a child and her paternal grandmother had a history of it in her 20's-30's. She doesn't do that anymore. ????

She does have to see a pediatric cardiologist yearly right now to check out a possible condition which the EKG indicated she might have. However an echocardiogram  is done to rule the condition in or out. Last year it was out for sure. We go back in October to make sure that nothing is developing but I am truly not worried because she is a VERY ACTIVE, sports-minded child who has NO problems on the field or rink or anywhere else even though she also has asthma. We have a wonderful pulminologist who has her well controlled. She lives a very normal, active, healthy life. I thank GOD!

So it is possible to pass out but not have it related to your heart. I think maybe it has to do with the vagal nerve. ???Don't know.

What's your usual resting heartbeat? Does it run high? Does it start racing when you move around? Are you physically active most days? If not, your heart might be a bit deconditioned. ?? Did the docs do a stress test to see how your heart responded? How was it? Maybe you could ask about one if they haven't done one. ??? I hope you start feeling better soon. God Bless. :-)


cenedra
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   Posted 8/29/2006 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hope.

Nope i have no history of passing out at all

I was actually just talking to him as uhh he was useing the bathroom just a half bath no shower ect

I had a stress test on the tread done right after all this started 6 months ago
and wore a holter for 24 hrs
they had me lay down before i even took the test as my heart rate was around 110 just sitting there

they said everything looked ok except for a high heart rate doc said sinus tachycardia

i used to be really active, walking atleast a mile everyday, camping,fishing, hikeing all the time before this happened, id say my heart rate before all this started used to be around 78-85

as soon as i start moving around hope i can tell my heart rate goes way up by just feeling my pulse
the meds may have helped a tiny bit when im resting but if i get up and start moving around it
seems to go nuts
yesterday i was doing some light cleaning around the house sweeping floors and i just had to finally sit down
i tried to count my pulse and if i got it right it was over 145 just from sweeping the kitchen floor


i have another stress test scheduled for sept 9th
then waiting for apts for a mri, see a cardic specialist, and some other type of test (see if i can find out more )

DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 8/29/2006 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
sad  SOUNDS PRETTY CONFOUNDING. I WOULD ASK TO TRY ANOTHER MEDICATION, DO YOU HAVE A WALGREENS OR PHARMACY CLOSE ENOUGH TO GO CHECK YOUR BP AND HEART RATE DAILY?  MY SISTER HAS A RAPID HEART RATE AND NOONE EVER SEEMS CONCERNED FOR HER EITHER, BUT SHE DID HAVE TO TAKE ATENOLOL.  ASK YOUR DOCTOR about PUTTING YOU ON A BETA BLOCKER, THAT MIGHT WORK GREAT FOR YOU AS IT MAKES YOU RELAX AND ALSO LOWERS BP.  PLEASE AT LEAST ASK about ONE, A NAME I AM FAMILIAR WITH IS METOPROLOL, IF SHE SAYS ATENOLOL IS THE SAME THING, JUST ASK HER TO SWITCH YOU TO SEE IF IT WORKS BETTER.  IT MIGHT MAKE YOU TIRED BUT I BET IT WILL SLOW YOUR HEART RATE DOWN.
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