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New to heart problems
Hi there everyone, this is my first post here.
I am a 29 year old male, generally pretty healthy. Good BMI, good BP, no previous severe illness or medications. Dont drink at all or take recreational drugs, but I have smoked for 10 years. Mother has an Aordic Valve defect from birth and has several heart surgeries.
about 4 days ago I began getting very sudden, very frequent palpitations at rest with no other symptoms. I have never experienced anything like this, so I called 911 and was looked at by medics and they said I was fine, however the ekg he gave me for only 10seconds and I had no palpatations during that time. They suggested I drink more water, avoid all caffeine, and sleep well, which I have followed.
The palpatations continued a few times a minute into that night/next morning, but I began to have pain in my chest with it, so I went to the ER. The ER doctor said I was having harmless multiform premature ventricular contractions, and all my test came back with no heart damage. Scheduled an appointment with a cardiologist next week.
4 days in and my PVC's are almost constantly at 5-10 a minute. pain in chest/ neck is only occasional and minor.
I'm inexperienced with medical issues, and would love to get some advice on how to cope with a sudden unexpected problem and what to expect from the cardiologist as far as tests and things. Thanks in advance!
MAllenRN, December 5, 2020 3:17pm EST
I am experiencing the same thing. I have frequent PVCs whenever I am active. They will calm down if I sit still. My PVCs are also aggravated by eating. I've tried beta blockers and cardizem with out any relief. My cardiologist says the same thing....they're nothing to worry about. But they drive me insane! I wish I had answers too. This is so debilitating.
Jemmona, December 6, 2020 5:17am EST
Baleeka, my response is one of support not medical advice. I have been stranded in Thailand, all alone, because of the health crisis since March. Although Chiang Mai, a city in the north, and in general Thailand has been able to keep its residents safe/sound and the virus in control, the anxiety is palpable. I started experiencing heart palpitations along with a few other symptoms that my search of databases correlate with heart problems. I discovered that when I dwelved on the condition and my thoughts started racing about possible implications, my anxiety increased and I entered the rabbit **** - so to speak. So, this is how I have been coping with this unexplained situation: I stand in front the mirror and do a few slow exercise/movement. The fact that I look at myself in the mirror while doing the exercise has truly helped me feel in control. My thoughts are with you,
AHAASAKatie, December 8, 2020 10:37am EST
Good morning, I can imagine that PVC's are very disconcerting. Here is the information we have on Premature Contractions to help with the education piece. When is your doctor's appointment? Please let us know how things go. Best Katie
Raindrop32, December 8, 2020 1:10pm EST
Hi, Baleeka, I'm also under 40 with arrythmia.
It bites to have heart problems, but it's very good that you got a diagnosis and starting treatment plan. Some doctors push off young people, assuming it's nothing worth their time. It's also good that your problem is not-dangerous, though it is very annoying and bothersome.
A good cardiology workup involves a thorough history taking, then listening around with a stethoscope, an in-office ECG, maybe some blood tests. You'll probably want a portable ECG (aka Holter monitor) too. That's a little battery powered device the size of an old TV remote with wires taped to your chest, that you walk around with at home for 1-7 days. It's great because the medical team can watch exactly what your heart does over a few days in real time, while you're doing different activities, so they don't miss a thing. Unlike what usually happens to people with arrythmia that occurs on and off. Somehow your heart could go nuts all day long but suddenly it's all nice and normal when the stickies are on. You could also get an echocardiogram (an ultrasound of your heart- like the ones pregnant women get) which is really cool because you get to see your heart moving around.
Once the cardiologist is sure about your diagnosis, they'll give you a treatment plan which will involve advice about lifestyle changes to improve your symptoms. Maybe medication. And they'll tell you to stop smoking (if you haven't already) but you already knew that. It's a good idea to write down questions and ideas you have before your visit so you can ask them all and not forget anything (trust me they won't think it's strange). Often you have to experiment with medication dosages and things until you find what works. That can get frustrating but it's normal.
I hope some of this info helps, and feel free if you have other questions and updates!
NewPacer73, December 29, 2020 12:47pm EST
So, what did the cardiologist say Beleeka?