My Heart Is In My Throat...Literally - page 6

OK...someone please help me. For the past 2 years I have been getting these weird palpatations, and it feels like my heart is beating in my throat. When it happens, I feel very lightheaded, like I... Read More

  1. by   twells
    It's probably the ephedra. It didn't bother you before because you were very young and probably not under as much physical stress as you were. I never took ephedra, but had the same problems with PSVT at about the same age. Hate to suggest it might be emotional, but I looked at my life and changed specialties to one that suited my personality better and the need for huge amounts of caffeine and sugar to keep me going went away.
  2. by   Flo1216
    I haven't been taking the ephedra and it is NOT emotional, for the billioneth time. I think I know when I am anxious or stressed. This is something totally weird that happens out of the blue. I KNOW my body. I think a lot of people get msdx becuase doctors and the like chalk up their s/s to stress and never take them seriously. It's frustrating. Anyway, I am not concerned with that right now.It hasn't happened since the day after Xmas. I am more concerned with this nasty stomach ailment I have had since Monday. If the other thing doesn't kill me, dehydration will
    (sorry I am grouchy)
  3. by   brianpribis
    Originally posted by Flo1216
    I know, but I feel stupid. I am only 27
    And you will feel less stupid laying on a slab in the morgue?!! My step mother (she was around 35 at the time) had a doctor check her out. She felt 'o.k.' but had breating problems. Turned out that the doctor found she had a rather large hole in her heart. Another couple of, "Oh, i'll just put it off 'till tomorrow", and she would have had no tomorrows. Get it checked!

    It may be just depression, anxiety or lack of sleep. Or it may be something else. You won't know until you see someone. No doctor is going to fault you for getting it checked.

    b--
  4. by   brianpribis
    [I think I know when I am anxious or stressed]

    Oooops, sorry. I used the a word in my last post

    A few years ago I went to the doctors for a check up and mentioned a few problems (mostly stomach). He noticed I was sighing a lot (something I never paid attention to). He asked me about heart palps. I had them but really wasn't paying attention to those either (yea, I know, typical nurse, pay attention to everyone else and forget myself untill it gets bad). He made me run down for him a day in the life of brian (no, not the movie). Sure enough, I was stressed. I guess I just thought I was suppose to feel this way. Wierd.

    NOT THAT YOU ARE STRESSED, just thought I would share that.

    b--
  5. by   Charity
    A friend's daughter has the same symptoms. She is 8. My niece has episodes of SVT 2-3 times a week. She is 23. Neither's are attributed to stress. Both are thought to be related to unusual electrical pathways within the heart.

    C
  6. by   Flo1216
    Thanks, Charity. Not that I don't have stress or anxiety. Of course I do. But my body does not react this way under stress. Usually, I just have to pee a lot. It's just that it IS possible for a young, otherwise healthy female to have something going on that isn't psychosomatic.
  7. by   hapeewendy
    its also possible for young people to get all riled up and think that there is something majorly wrong when there isnt
    its not all that clear flo, I hope its nothing serious....
    your body can do crazy things when stressed ...
    I hope you get yourself to a dr soon, I know when ur feeling bad its not easy to drag yourself to see one , but really , u gotta get some answers...
  8. by   Flo1216
    If I thought something was majorly wrong, I would have gone already. I just wanted feedback that's all. AND IT'S NOT STRESS!!!! Maybe it's nothing serious, but that doesn't make it stress. I am sorry but I don't get stressed when I am bending down to tie my shoes or getting the mail and those are the kind of instances in which the heart flutter thing happens. And 220 BPM? That must be some stressful mail I am getting. Hey, Wendy...you are younger than me, aren't you? Just wondering...
  9. by   hapeewendy
    I dont know how old you are but I'm 25 almost 26 ...
    I *WAS* posting out of genuine concern for you , but do you realize that youre completely contradicting yourself
    first you say you think its nothing major
    then you say its gotta be more then stress
    people post advice because you ask for it...
    I dont know, I sense this funny "tone" from your posts , so Maybe I shouldnt post anymore, but really , you have been posting about your symptoms for awhile, if there is something brewing you'll wanna know right?
  10. by   Flo1216
    Sorry, I didn't mean to sound curt in my post. The reason I posted in the first place was because I myself wasn't sure if this warranted concern or not. It is scary when it is happening but when it is over I feel foolish. So I probably AM contradicting myself because I know it's probably nothing, but what if it's not? Does that make any sense? The one reason I am reticent about going to the doctor is because I am afraid I will be " blown off' and told I just need to relax more. I know the body does weird things under stress and if this occured during a stressful situation I might be inclined to chalk it up to stress, but like I said it happens when my mind is pretty much blank and I am performing some mundane task. I don't know. Maybe I will wait to see if it happens again.
  11. by   pickledpepperRN
    I agree, go to a cardiologist.
    Our CCU has a monitor a doctor can order so the rhythm is sent by telephone. The patient puts electrodes on their chest and the telephone on the electrodes. We record it and decide whether to call the doctor.
    There are preventative treatments such as beta blockers. A curative cath lab procedure is available for some causes.
    Usually it is an SVT of one kind or another.
    You could pass out while driving, working, or walking across the street.
    Please get help STAT!
  12. by   ktwlpn
    Originally posted by spacenurse
    I agree, go to a cardiologist.
    Our CCU has a monitor a doctor can order so the rhythm is sent by telephone. The patient puts electrodes on their chest and the telephone on the electrodes. We record it and decide whether to call the doctor.
    There are preventative treatments such as beta blockers. A curative cath lab procedure is available for some causes.
    Usually it is an SVT of one kind or another.
    You could pass out while driving, working, or walking across the street.
    Please get help STAT!
    Years ago I had episodes of severe chest pain with SVT-so severe that it literally took my breath away.I did not link it to stress at the time because it happened when I was relaxing,watching tv, or reading...It WAS due to stress and rx'd with prozac with good effect (my mother was undergoing tx for cancer at the time and I had a 2 yr old and a full time job) Several years later while working on a busy med surg unit myself and several of my female co-workers had episodes of SVT over a period of time-I passed out and was taken to the ED-later went to a cardiologist-mine was due to STRESS,exacerbated by too much caffeine.I cut back on both and it never happened again..A few of my co-workers were given Holter monitors-a few were not...Bottom line-out of (I think ) 6 of us all close to the same age-none of us needed meds or ablation-we went to de-caf at home and work and none of us had any further problems....My episode began when I was sitting in a pt's room starting a hep-lock=I felt my heart begin to race and pressure on my chest...I got short of breath and my peripheral vision started to go.I made it out to the nurse's station where one of the docs grabbed me and massaged my carotid-I passed out -they ran me to the ED and put me on the monitor....I remember the doc telling me to settle down because I was starting to really panic....Suppose I had been driving? One of my co-workers had a few episodes-one behind the wheel...Scary to think that you could kill someone..
  13. by   PennyLane
    Originally posted by Flo1216
    Sorry, I didn't mean to sound curt in my post. The reason I posted in the first place was because I myself wasn't sure if this warranted concern or not. It is scary when it is happening but when it is over I feel foolish. So I probably AM contradicting myself because I know it's probably nothing, but what if it's not? Does that make any sense? The one reason I am reticent about going to the doctor is because I am afraid I will be " blown off' and told I just need to relax more. I know the body does weird things under stress and if this occured during a stressful situation I might be inclined to chalk it up to stress, but like I said it happens when my mind is pretty much blank and I am performing some mundane task. I don't know. Maybe I will wait to see if it happens again.
    Wait, you said before you were definitely going to see a doctor, not you're going to wait and see if it happens again? How do you know the dr. is going to "blow you off" if you don't go? I've been having heart palps and a pounding heart on and off for years. I;ve told numerous docs about it. I finally demanded from my last doc that she take it seriously, and I had an echo and a whole slew of labs. She didn't think it was that bad, but admitted she didn't know what 'mild, nonspecific mitral valvulopathy' meant. Guess what? I made an appt for a cardiologist for later this month. So what if they think it's mild? It;s MY heart.

    Go see a cardiologist ASAP!!

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