Ok, I know you guys don't do diagnoses, nor do I think you should. That said, I just want some input/ideas. Here's the scenario (sorry it's so long!)
A couple weeks ago, I started having palpitations one evening for no particular reason. Never had that before. Kinda scared me, so I hauled my butt to the ER. Doc there told me I have a sinus dysrhythmia and a II/VI systolic murmer. He said my EKG was normal, and didn't do anything else. Didn't seem concerned at all. Said everyone has extra heartbeats now and then. Told me to see my doc and get a Holter and echo done.
Since I'm at school, (and cuz of SARS precautions- I'm in Ontario) I haven't had the follow-up tests done yet. I went to the student health services, but the doc I saw there told me I could book the tests myself. (?) (also, because of SARS precautions the hospital's closed, so I haven't tried to book the tests through there.) I'm planning on waiting till I go home (end of Apr.) and seeing my family doc then.
So, my question is basically, any ideas as to what's going on with me? I don't smoke, no ETOH, no caffeine beyond an occasional choc. chip cookie... no meds/drugs... not especially stressed... get 7-8h sleep most nights. No CP, SOB, N/V, dizziness, etc. totally asymptomatic except for feeling the palpitations (I think that's everything they asked!)
They come and go, usually last ~30 min at a time, and occur about every 4-30th beat (and sometimes 2 in a row). Listening to it, when there's a palpitation it sounds like 2 beats right in a row. Also, after a "double beat"/palpitation, there's a bit longer interval before the next beat. Seems to be worse in the evening, and when I'm really tired.
Pulse rate is in normal range (~80bpm) although when I am not having the palpitations it sits around 60. BP was high at the ER (~150/100) but is back to normal (100/60). I'm thinking it was high b/c of anxiety.
Any ideas as to what might be going on? Is this a common thing? I'm not so much worried as curious, so don't bother telling me to stop worrying, etc. And I AM planning on seeing my doc!