Mar In Flux

Why does this keep happening??!!

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I went to the ER with a fast heartbeat on the 16th, it was over 130 when I went in and after 4 mg. of Ativan they let me go home. They did an EKG, bloodwork and chest xray.

I went to see my dr. yesterday and he put me back on Klonopin for my panic attacks. This has been after 4-5 days of constant anxiety and rapid heartbeats! I have never had my heart beat like this before. It usually happens for a few seconds and then goes back to normal. This just keeps coming and going. I took a Klonopin last night and I was fine all day today until a few minutes ago.

My dr. bumped up my prozac to 30 mg, which I have been on for two days- I know it take time to work.

I did a CT calcium score test which was "0"- my dr said that meant I had no plaque in my arteries at all and my heart was "probably better than his"? Why does my heart keep speeding up then? This it driving me crazy!!!! I am also getting sharp/squeezing pains in my chest and tightness. If there is nothing wrong with my heart, what is going on? Is it possible the CT score is not accurate? Should I try to get an Echo to be sure.? The dr. said I didn't need to but I have never had this happen like this before.

Please help.

ps- BP is good, just some high cholesterol

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An echo would test your ejection fraction, which is your hearts pumping ability, which is measured as a percentage. The percentage is supposed to be in a certain range. The echo also measures heart wall thickness, which can indicate disease. My younger sister has mitral valve prolapse which was diagnosed years ago by an echo and she is fine. I have had a number of echo's over the years and that is why I know about them and I asked a bunch of questions. Your tachycardia may be due to stress, caffeine, or for unknown reasons. I am not sure how old you are, but as we age, things happen for no reason sometimes. 

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Do I need to get more tests done? I thought the CR scan would be enough? I went all day without a fast heart rate, and then I climbed my stairs to my apt. My heart started to beat a little faster, normally since I am out of shape, but then a few minutes later it turned into a panic attack and really started beating. I just took my pulse, and it was only 80, but my heart feels like it's pumping out of my chest! So my heart rate isn't fast but beating very hard!

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1 hour ago, Mar In Flux said:

Do I need to get more tests done? I thought the CR scan would be enough? I went all day without a fast heart rate, and then I climbed my stairs to my apt. My heart started to beat a little faster, normally since I am out of shape, but then a few minutes later it turned into a panic attack and really started beating. I just took my pulse, and it was only 80, but my heart feels like it's pumping out of my chest! So my heart rate isn't fast but beating very hard!

That's only a panic attack.  The heartbeat is from going up stairs and panicking - nothing more.  If you really wanted to work it, go for a walk.  That'll get the stress out.

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So I woke up at midnight and my heart was starting to beat hard after a flutter. I decided instead of sitting there to get up and start packing. I decided to just "ignore" it and push through. I packed 5 boxes, feeling my heart beat faster and feeling like I was breaking into a light sweat. No dizziness. After I was done I took my pulse-100. I sat on the couch for a bit and kept checking it. It went down to 80 in about 20 minutes. That should be a good indicator that my heart is okay, right? 

I checked what my max heart rate should be (220- age), it was 175. I am out of shape, very sedentary- like, I don't exercise at all. Oh, and I am 47. Not overweight but could lose about 20 lbs. 

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Odds are it is nothing. However, none of us here are physicians so you really have to pay attention to your own body. As you know, the more you panic, the worse things can get. 

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You could try biofeedback.

 

https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/biofeedback-therapy-uses-benefits

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