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I have this pounding heart and racing heart the past few days and yesterday just woke up very short of breath. I had this same problem last holiday and ended up in the ER with pvc's showing up on the holter.

Does anyone else here feel they have certain symptoms certain times of the year , they last for a month or so and then on to the next thing. My heart was racing over 100 and I usually have a very low heart rate of 55. Susie54

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Hi Susie,

 

You are not alone in this at all. As a matter of fact the "racing heart" thing seems to be coming up a lot lately. I wonder if it has anything to do with the time of year, weather change etc. Not sure. But I personally have had NO sleep for the past 4 nights due to my heart racing and pounding in my ears so loud I figure my husband could hear it. I've had it checked out extensively and they tell me everything is fine. So I try not to worry about it too much, but it's sure annoying!! It will last for a week or two and then stop and not reappear for awhile.

 

If we're all going to be up in the middle of the night with racing hearts, maybe we should meet in chat. :P


Warm and gentle hugs,

 

Pamela

ISN Support Specialist

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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I think that Sweet's suggestion that it may be something to do with the weather could be right . Studies have reported that graded and consecutive cardiovascular adjustments accompany exposure to cold. Cutaneous thermo- and nociceptors induce ortho-sympathetic reflexes, causing tachycardia and vasoconstriction.

I know that my first epsode of tachycardia happened when I had been outside on a very cold January day. Yet another resaon to stay inside and keep warm!

Lizzie

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Me, too! Me, too Susie! Pounding, racing heart. and the weather here has been cold and damp of late so maybe there's something in it. And I was thoroughly checked out last winter when I had the same thing (plus some heart pain) even to having the right and the left heart catheter tests. Nuthin' ... so doctors said the same thing. We'll keep an eye on it, but it appears to be just more SD STUFF! LOL

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Well, I guess there are alot of us with pounding hearts here. I am glad they are harmless happenings for the most part but make you feel like you are on the edge. I can't say mine are cold weather as Texas is balmy 70's right now. We have been wearing shorts the past week.

Happy Holidays to all of you and hope we slow down afterwards. SUsie54

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Hi Susuie,

I am sos sorry that you are not feeling well. Heart issues can be scary and although every one says it is the time of year and cold, it may not be the case for you. If you don't feel good, you should have it checked out!

 

It may be nothing but better to be safe than sorry.

 

Hugs,

Lisa


Lisa Bulman

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Hi Susie,

I've been having some of the same symptoms and cardiac evaluation showed no heart problems. Meanwhile, I still feel lousy! What helps me, as I just said in another thread, is an anti-anxiety pill that I just happened to have. The doctor said it would be okay to take it for now because I don't actually know why I am aving the racing heart and chest pains and so forth. My rheumatologist was supposed to call me back yesterday, but didn't, so now I am just waiting to see what I need to do. But, the anti anxiety pill works great -- and I only take a half!

As for this sort of thing being seasonal, I think stress is certainly seasonal. holiday is just the busiest time and the crowds are terrible and there is too much to do and too many people to try to please! I do think stress may be my problem!

 

Mary in Texas

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Hi all. I know I'm a little late on this, but while at the pulmo in Nov. he noticed my heart rate was at 133 when I got there & stayed high while waiting on him and to be honest, I didn't even feel it! However, the racing heart & pounding has been a part of my world & was probably my first symptoms! I regress, ANYWAY, my doctor was concerned & waited a bit, then checked it again and told me that there's a conditoin of the heart that is very hard to detect and is intermittent that causes the racing heart that has something to do with the electrical system of the lower heart. I think my jaw hit the floor! In the last 7 years I have been taken to the ER for this & heart attack checks always coming out clear. He said that the problem is so hard to detect that by the time I got down to cardiac the episode would be over & the ekg wouldn't show what he saw! If the ekg was norma (which it was) he wanted me on a 30-day heart monitor (which I just got finished with). I won't find out the results until 1/23 & will let you know what comes of it if anything! I was floored by all of this & my doctor said he'd seen this before but it is really hard to diagnose. SO ... long story short ... if it persists, may be worth mentioning this to your dr. & see what they think!

 

Hope you all had a great holiday. I was sooo busy between work & the rest of the holiday living that I didn't have anything left over to share. Sorry :( But here we are in the new year & rockin' & rollin along doing pretty good! Almost feel guilty for feeling decent & no pain meds for 6 whole days - the pain is tolerable - it's a holiday miracle!!!! I didn't really think I'd feel better ever again, let alone no pain meds, but here I am hoping to give hope to you reading!

 

Hoping for miracles in 2008 for all of us no matter how small!


Soft hugs your way,

 

Michele

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I know my electrical system in my heart was off last year for about four months. I would turn in bed and feel it race. My blood pressure would take big leaps down and I would feel so weak. But they could not catch it on monitors . Only pvc's so I have to wait until it happens again and then they will try again. Frustrating isn't it!Susie54

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Hi y'all,

I had a racing heart and a really high heart rate (120-130 at rest) and it turns out I had Grave's disease. I was misdiagnosed 2 years ago with Hypothyroidism and nobody wanted to negate that diagnosis. Unfortunately for me, that meant suffering for several months before someone figured it out. -- So consider having your TSH checked.

 

Good luck,

Denelle in MN B)

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The more I read everyone's posts the more amazed I am at all the similar symptoms we have and how difficult it is for the medical community to put everything together and come up with a diagnosis!

 

In 1974 when I was in the hospital for testing my cardiologist looked at me and said "what just happened? I lost you for a few seconds." I had no idea what he was talking about. A few minutes later he said "it just happened again". I just looked at him. He put a 24 holter monitor on me and found my heart would take off racing at over 180 beats per minute and my blood pressure would plummet. At that time the monitors actually had a tape in them and I ran the tape out. I was literally blacking out for a few seconds everytime my heart would race. I was so used to the feeling that I thought it was normal! What ever was causing the problem has resolved itself over the years.

 

Looking back I had one smart cardiologist :) . In 1974 on my chart he had written "SLE (scleroderma?)". He was on the right track way back then. I'll never forget looking up SLE and scleroderma and hoping I had Lupus :o !


Ann R

 

If you sweat the small stuff you have wet, soggy small stuff.

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Ann: I had a smart cardiologist too - I saw him because of tachycardia and he rec0gnised that I had signs connective tissue disease and referred me to a rheumatologist. Still have tachycardia though!

Lizzie

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Hello,

 

I had the increased heart rate (over 130) with just sitting down or laying in bed a few months ago. My pulmonary artery pressure was 30-35. Normal is below 25. My pulmonary doctor insisted my pressure was not high enough to cause my increased heart rate and was not due to pulmonary artery hypertension. But I convinced him to start treatment for it anyway. I have been taking Bosetan for the past 2 months and I cannot tell you how great I feel. No more increased heart rate, no more pounding in my chest, no more chest pain, no more lower leg swelling, and increased energy. Good luck!!

Tammy

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HI,

Like Denelle I have thyroid problems causing the rapid heart rate. I am still going through the investigation process with being hyperthyroid.

 

When the heart gets involved it seems to make it scarier but hopefully your doctors treat you as a whole person and check to see how all your 'parts' work together since you don't want to have something treated at the expense of someting else your body is going through. It sure gets complicated with all the meds and side effects and then to have a new symptom occur it just adds to the stress and anxiety.

 

Keep positive thoughts and a good doctor on speed dial!

 

Healthy wishes.....

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Hi, The palpitations you describe can be due to stimulants like caffeine, stress, electrolytes in your blood, or maybe structural changes. A cardiologist would perform an echocardiogram, EKG, holter monitoring with relevant blood tests like thyroid function, you should get medical advice and get it checked out.

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