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  1. Hi Scardey, I probably won't be much help but have a couple of opinions for ya. It's hard, I know, but trust your doc they wouldn't let you go untreated if they thought it was serious. Stop searching online, also hard to do, I know. But the opinions online are from non medical professionals, usually and people interpreting or self diagnosing. As for the pulse oxomiter, I have one, it's my "safety net". However, it can give a bad reading now and then and that puts me into full panic. I would highly recommend AGAINST using one on a plane, as the altitude or pressure could cause it to misread...but even if it didn't misread you don't want to check it on a plane and see it at say 95% and start freaking out and having a panic attack on the plane. I'd suggest getting some Xanax or Ativan for the plane ride, that should help. Hope this helps some.
  2. I have had boughts of PVCs, previously checked with Cardio doc and same story as the rest of us, benign. I take beta blocker to help prevent them. I haven't had a run of them in a while, but for the last three weeks it's been constant everyday with some boughts of 5 minutes of every few beats. Those of you that get them know how annoying this is. I have been good about telling myself they're benign, but...I have been getting a feeling that is like when you stand up to quick...a rush of blood to the band around my head. That feeling will stay with me for hours even if the PVCs aren't present, but seems to only appear once PVCs start for the day. Anyone else have that? Is it heighten alertness on my part or could it be making me light headed? Checked blood pressure and it's fine, not too low when this occurs.
  3. Thanks, yes I did do therapy for two years (CBT) and had a great Dr. he retired and all the others I have tried have not been helpful. The good ones all have waiting lists, so frustrating.
  4. I too have had similar, mine are middle of chest both sides and on my left side. I used to think it was my heart, but I think it is my stomach. Its very similar to how you explained it, like 3-4 flutters/flip flops. I have PVCs and other palps but this is different and located all over the place. I had a heart monitor on once and when it happened there was nothing that registered (that time was center right of chest) so pretty sure its stomach and not heart arota related for me anyway. Hope that helps.
  5. Hi All, I think I'm to the point where I've accepted I'll need to try meds to ease the HA. It's affecting my life and family's life to drastically. I do have a phobia to meds, so this will be a battle in and of it's self. My question to the group is what has worked for you specifically around HA? My HA is around heart attacks and blood clots not cancer or anything else, just more immediate death. Thanks
  6. I'm right there with you, I have heart HA. I have been having the same symptoms recently (arm tingles, back/shoulder pain etc. it re-sparked my heart HA. Now every arm or jaw pain is related to heart (in my head). Actually had a stress test a couple days ago (looked great) and now I have freedom from the anxiety and should have a good year or so before I start to wonder. You'll be fine...I'm probably my cardiologists healthiest patient, lol.
  7. HI all, I have been a way for a while, which has been good! Dealing with the HA pretty well. Until today. I got a crap in my calf and some pain, I then looked at it and it looked big, I compared both legs and measured and asked my wife, all confirmed one is larger than the other. Should I go to the ER for a leg scan for a DVT? Any suggestions?
  8. My wife has them and every time she coughs. Dr said it was the body's way of helping getting them to stop.
  9. I too have pvcs, they are the worse! I take a low dose beta blocker (even though I didn't want too) it works. I can take them like aspirin, when symptoms are present instead of everyday. I know they are benign but they suck! You'll be fine, I would also try camomile tea, it is relaxing and allowed me to calm down and the pvcs would taper off.
  10. Thanks, kinda does feel like vibrations for a few seconds and then stops, may come back. I was able to check my pulse when it happened and didn't fell a variation in the pulse, so I'm hoping it is just gas/GERD related.
  11. Thanks. Calmed down some. Think it's stomach or muscle twitches. Freaking scared me though.
  12. I'm having these fast flutters, not palps, not 100% it is heart. I can't feel the flutters in pulse, but thinking it is mitral valve related?? Could it just be high in the stomach flutters? Left side of chest near ribs, and under left breast.
  13. I'd say if your cardiologist didn't have an issue your fine, I found a snippet below that said depending how its calculated .45 would be the higher end of the range; and your only slightly higher than that. Athletes tend to have more thickness too, you run a lot so I'd say your probably just healthy. Take your findings to your next doctor appointment and ask them their opinion. It's not an urgent medical issue and your going to be fine!! The reference cut point value for increased relative wall thickness derived from upper limits of normal samples is usually 0.44 [43] or 0.45 [42], irrespective of which formula is used.
  14. I want to say I'm super proud that you took the plunge and started taking the Rx!! What is the name of your beta blocker again? My doc gave me the lowest and it worked for me, he did say I could take more if needed up to 2 a day. I'm wondering based on your situation if a higher dose would be beneficial. It's worth a talk with your doctor. DO you have a iWatch or FitBit that can track your rate when your not thinking about it? The iWatch is really cool and allowed me to see my HR while I slept and every 5 minutes during the day, it did help me realize most of the time my HR is normal.
  15. Hellow Five, welcome! I'm failry new myself, but this site has been a GREAT help!
  16. H_Anxiety


    I think it is 25mg, it's the lowest dose for my brand.
  17. H_Anxiety


    I am on it and I saw the results within 2 hours. I got a little scared becuase it worked so well, my resting heart rate went to 62 from 95. I thought it might go too low but never did. I also take other meds that have an "intermediate" interaction and could slow HR and blood pressure, so I took half of the BETA to start. And that's all I needed, I know take the full dose and even with the other meds my BP is normal and HR is fine.
  18. If they saw something they wouldn't have let you leave, they can't! So the fact you're at home means you're very unlikely to have one. I am 39, so hoping I don't have PAD either. Physical Therapy for my back actually seemed to help reduce the leg pain/cramps. I also drink a lot of water and eat bananas every day.
  19. I'm no doctor, but the symptoms seem pretty benign and similar to anxiety symptoms and headaches. Typically for strokes and seizures, there are no warning signs, they just happen. Being that your 20, your probably very low risk. I had episodes of the tension/ice pick headaches with floaters, wavy lines and blurred vision (even without the headaches) I ended up having migraines. Try drinking more water.
  20. I have PVC's from time to time, seem to get periods when they are worse but have been taking Beta Blockers to help with them and racing heart (from Anxiety). I have also been on Percocet for a few months for a herniated disk. The last few days I have been having more palps, not the same as the PVC, but definitely some PVC too. I recently switched to Vicodin and am weening off, but I noticed a correlation of taking the Vicodin and an increase in palps. Has anyone else had this? When I called my doctor they wanted me to come in today and get a different med, I couldn't make it so I am cold turkey-ing now - weekend; it shouldn't be that bad as I was down to 1 or .5 of the 5/325 a day. Just curious if anyone else had this, I know palps are benign but they suck! And I get this weird head-band feeling when I have them, anyone have that?
  21. H_Anxiety


    I'm telling you the Beta Blockers you have WILL work. Ask for Metoprolol low dose and start with half of that if you can't take the ones you have. I didn't want to take the med b/c of med phobia etc., but you seem to be at the same point I was, where the small risk of a non-lethal side effect was better than to continue to deal with the never ending heart racing. You can do it. If you're really scared to take the med, ask the doctor if you can take it at his office and hang out in the lobby for a while just in case. You can beat this, just give yourself the opportunity!
  22. I can totally relate! I have been getting pain in my leg without any workout or other causes. I would get little charlie horses, pain, especially when I laid down to go to bed. After many ER visits, ultrasounds and blood work I accepted I didn't have DVT and it must be my back (L5/S1 herniated disk). I had a long car trip twice, 14 hours, so I convinced myself I had it. I'm not a doctor, but what helped me accept it (even after tests proved I was good) was that the time between the trip and symptoms was too long. I was told if I did have a DVT the pain would have gotten so great swelling and discolor would have been present; especially after that long. I too couldn't easily find my pulse in the foot, its actually pretty tricky. I was wondering if mine is PAD but don't want to know right now! Hope your test went good!
  23. My experience with the wrist cuffs are they are horribly inaccurate. I have fairly normal BP and every time I go to my Back doctor they use the wrist cuff and it always says my BP is like 210/120 which isn't correct. I asked them to use the arm one and it was 127/82. You can get a home arm cuff at CVS or drug store for $30 and check it yourself if you are that worried.
  24. Hi there! I too have heart-related HA. I have had all the test a bunch of times and all are clear. I just go through periods where I am convinced something is wrong. I had some of your symptoms and found out I have GERD (gastro and reflux) these create a number of symptoms that I fear are heart-related, but I now accept they are just gas pains. Some bubbling type feelings, sharp pains in my chest, nausea, dull aches, shortness of breath, or fell like I can't take a full breath. Usually once I burp, they go away. But they can last for hours or days. At one point I had a bubbling feeling and asked my doctor if you can get a bubble of air trapped in your lung, he indicated no, just gas from the stomach that can feel like it's your lungs or heart. And after many, many tests he was right. I am currently using techniques from meditation and Dr. Claire Weekes book (Hope and Help for Your Nerves) that basically tells you to accept the thoughts and then let them go. All thoughts are passing thoughts, it's when we dwell on them that they become more, and then they feed on us and consume us. Easier said than done, but it has worked. Hope this helps!
  25. Hey Cowboy, Like we've chatted about, I had similar issues and the Beta Blockers have helped TREMENDOUSLY! Try it, try half to start if you have RX phobia (like me), and once you see there are no ill effects take the full dose. It will lower the heart rate and you'll be in a better place than most of us .