NewPacer73
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NewPacer73, September 8,  2020  10:19pm EST

Heart Rate Changes at Total Rest

This weekend had unusual problem with heart rate recovery. After some exertion, heart rate would not go down in nomal manner. Heart rate went up and down for four hours while I was laying down still. Ended up having to be checked in ER. Now monitor is ordered. This is a first for me. Not sure what is going on. Looking forward to learning more. Has anyone been surprised with this problem? Came out of nowhere. Curious to see if anyone else has had this experience.

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  • TessC
    TessC, September 8,  2020  11:53pm EST

    You are always so helpful, wish I could tell you something, but I have never checked my HR for any lenght of time, but there's been plenty of times when I can't seem to catch my breath after some exersion. Did you do deep-slow breathing in and out for 10-12 minutes? I read where that will trigger our autonomic system to lower HR and I've done itmany times and it seems to help me.

    I'm glad the docs are giving you a monitor. Good luck and I hope they will quickly find results and be able to help you.

  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, September 9,  2020  9:32am EST

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I had to wear a monitor for a week and found it to be an interesting experience, but not uncomfortable. Please let us know how things go. Best Katie

  • Raindrop32
    Raindrop32, September 9,  2020  6:03pm EST

    Kind of sounds like me. Is your HR too fast, but regular, or too fast and also irregular? Did you also have angina? Were you lightheaded or anything?

     I have IST, and in my case, my heart rate increases too much in response to normal triggers such as exertion, and does not go back down readily after cessation of exertion. Sometimes during the daytime, I don't even notice that my HR is still high because I'm still active. But it's a big problem at night, when my HR will not go down as I'm trying unsuccessfully to fall asleep. 

    I was diagnosed after being on a Holter monitor, so it was very helpful. 

    Honestly, while deep breathing and slow music do no harm, they also are not very helpful for me becasue the problem isn't me being stressed out, it's an electrical malfunction of the heart's natural pacemaker. It's not necessarily possible to control a sinus node that's malfuctioning. 

    That being said, sometimes changing my position seems to help a little. Propping myself up and angling towards the left seems to reduce it a little for me. I build a little nest of pillows on my bed to hold me in place. And keep hydrated, but you already knew that one. 

    I really hope you feel better soon. I always appreciate your posts on here. 

  • TessC
    TessC, September 17,  2020  12:17am EST

    How are you doing NewPacer73? Are you wearing the monitor at this time? I hope you are feeling better.

  • NewPacer73
    NewPacer73, September 17,  2020  6:30pm EST

    My Update; I'm on a heart monitor for a month, and, as sometimes happens, my heart has been recovering on it's own. smile I'm waiting to see if a new episode or two happen during the month I'm wearing it so they can figure it out. That was a pretty scary time for me. As usual, as a cardiac patient, I need info on what's going on so I can relax and just accept the changes. I really appreciate the support I have gotten here. I let those whacko heart rate fluctuations happen a few days in a row, so it was worrying. But, I will update you on whether or not it was some kind of fluke or a new issue. Never gets dull as a heart patient. smile I'm okay. I'm finding things I love to do during this pandemic time that relaxes me. I've figured out hand painted watercolor Christmas cards for 2020. It's a big hit for family and friends. For me, doing something for someone else helps a lot. Being stuck at home a lot has cut me off from many charitable things I usually do and now I'm relegated to online classes and I miss that human contact. Still own a landline for calling and use my cell for texting. Life sure has changed, but it amazes me how many alternatives to adjust I can implement and it really helps me. Thank heavens cooler weather is here! Actually, I am really grateful for a lot, including all of you who wrote back during my challenging time. Cyber hugs and elbow taps to all. Stay safe.

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