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Halfhearted, March 7,  2021  11:37am EST

Heart Palpitations since I was 17 but got worse in the last couple of years


I have had palpitations since I was 17 but they were just once in a while. I am over 50 now. I wore heart monitors several times over the years and the doctors always say I am ok. In the last couple of years they have greadually gotten worse and happen more often. I wore a 2 week monitor last summer and had 20 to 30 or more palps a day. In May of 2019, for the first time I had an afib type thing where my heart would flutter every few beats but it stopped on it's own a couple of hours later at the ER before taking any medication for it.

When ever I have felt more palps and clenched my jaw and my teeth, this was a sign I have too much anxiety and stress and I would do what it took to calm down. The palps would always subside and go away. I think I have several components now that contribute to triggering palpitations. Anxiety, position, stopping exercising and my stomach pushing on solar plexus in the center of my chest. Anxiety is a big one, I also notice position can trigger them or stop them. I have been thin or in shape and worked out most of my life but in the last couple of years I stopped working out and have put on some girth in my stomach. I think there is a correlation between my stomach and the palps. When I sit at the computer I notice my stomach seems to be bloated and it pushes up against my solar plexus area (center chest) This is one time I experience palps more than others.

The cardiologist and cardio electrophysiologist keep telling me, if not promising me that these palps will not hurt me. But they are extremely annoying (the palps not the doctors)  and sometimes scary as sometimes they make me feel a little light headed briefly. My palps are premautre beats that feel like a skipped beat. My father had these too and he called them heart thumps. I don't have any pain (knock on wood) and exercise usually makes them go away while exercising and sometimes for a while after. I have found that slow deep breathing to the count of 3 or 4 in and 4 or 5 out seems to help keep them from happening. I was on Metorpolol for not quite a year which helped but I still would get some while taking it. Recently I switched to Propranolol. I am not convinced that this is any better than the Metoprolol as I still get palps while taking it. I have also noticed that I don't get palps as much when I go into town as when I am home. I wonder if this is psychological or is there some toxin or mold in my house?

I might not have said everything but this is getting long so I better quit or no one will read this... :) Can any one relate to any of this? Has anyone had similar experiences? Is there a world reknown expert in this area of palpitations?

Please let me know what you think....

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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, March 7,  2021  5:48pm EST

    Hello there, 

    Thank you for reaching out to the Support Network and sharing your experience. I'm sorry you're going through a tough time with your Heart Palpitations. 

    As you hear from others on the Support Network about their experience, I want to remind you that you are not alone and hope that you can find a sense of community and support here. In the meantime here are some resources on Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Monitoring of Arrhythmia. 

    Please keep us updated on how you're doing!

    Best wishes, 

    AHA Moderator

  • marshamd59
    marshamd59, March 8,  2021  8:41am EST

    Dear Halfhearted,

    I can relate! I've been having the same kind of palpitations for a while now. They are extremely uncomfortable and annoying. Mine are worse at night and keep me awake. My dr says the same, nothing to worry about which isn't really helpful. I also have a lot of other heart issues, but the palps are definitely one of the most annoying. I agree with you on your observations about changing positions,etc. I find those things apply to me also. Anyway, I just wanted you to know you're not alone. Wishing you all the best. 

  • Halfhearted
    Halfhearted, March 10,  2021  3:54pm EST

    Thanks for responding and letting me know I'm not alone... :) That does help. I started working out again the last few days. Usually while I am doing the exercising I don't have palps. This morning while sitting at the computer I was having them. This is where I have them the most and I think it is because my stomach seems to have something wrong with it and it curves up and pushes out so it presses on my solar plexus. I think my stomach is bloating for some reason. There are a lot of nerves in this area including the Vagas nerve which is related to the heart beat. Also the adrenal glands are right behind that spot so maybe the stomach is pushing on the adrenal glands too causing them to sqirt or when they do sqirt from anxiety, having something pushing on them or squeezing them might cause too much adrenaline to be secreted. So I got so annoyed today I grabbed an ace bandage and wrapped it very tightly around the top of my stomach to keep it from pushing on this spot. Can you believe it, the palps stopped. I am determined to get back in shape, get rid of this stomach issue, and get rid of my anxiety and see if this stops the palps.

    My sister is having issues with her Thyroid which is causing palpitations. She says they are mostly at night also. I hope you find ways to stop or decrease your palpitations.

    Thanks again!


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