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Rumbling Heart

A few month ago, palpitations reared their head. And as quick as they came, they disappeared. Then, last month they reappeared, bringing about sleepless nights and a uncomfortable thumping in my neck. At times, my pulse would skip a beat, and then speed up. On four occasions, my heart rate shot up to around 150 bpm:

  • 03/06/2019 @ 03:50 – 147 bpm
  • 03/06/2019 @ 05:59 – 155 bpm
  • 04/06/2019 @ 06:00 – 147 bpm
  • 06/06/2019 @ 21:50 – 150 bpm

Generally, my heart rate is around 55 when relaxed. And, my blood pressure is 118/70 – which is normal. I’ve sought medical help this time around, and I’m currently in the examination phase – i.e., trying to work out what is occurring.

When I first contacted my GP, an initial ECG showed an irregular heartbeat. As a result of that test, and in consultation with a Cardiologist, I was prescribed the Bisoprolol beta-blocker. Blood tests were carried out, and they didn’t show any abnormalities.

Last week, I had a 24hr ECG trace carried out, which revealed similar results to the initial test. Now, I’ve been referred for an echocardiogram at my local hospital so that the structure of my heart can be looked at in detail. More blood tests are on the horizon.

Initial thoughts are that I’m suffering from Atrial Fibrillation – it’s a weird sensation when my heart gives a flutter – it’s almost like jelly quivering. Hopefully the echocardiogram will offer up a solution – I just hope it isn’t popping a pill for the rest of my life. I’m all for cardioversion, or catheter ablation.

Fingers crossed that I won’t have to wait too long for a way forward. Having to slow things down has been frustrating, especially so when I would be up a local mountain, enjoying the summer sun.

My learning from all of this is that the NHS comes into its own during a ‘personal crisis’ of this kind. I’m thankful for that. I’m not overly concerned with the situation, as I know I’m in good hands with the team assigned to me.

23 comments

  1. I understand what you are going through. I have them once in a while myself where my hear beat is irregular. I’ve had the EKG and mine is a result of a one of the pumping paths connected to my heart being different than what is normal when I was born. Not even sure I’m saying that right. It just is what it is for me. Doctor said it’s not uncommon but certainly not the norm. Sounds like you just live with it.

    Anyways, hope it all gets figured out for you.

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    1. It’s amazing how common these type of problems are. With Atrial Fibrillation, it’s all associated with how electrical impulses are being discharged and received. Maybe I’ve had this much longer that I know. Its getting sorted now, which is the main thing.

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  2. Talking from recent experience 🙄 Echocardiograms show everything, try not to worry. I’ve found that The British Heart Foundation website through Health Unlimited is great for learning more. 🙂

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    1. Thanks Elaine – I’ve been reading all sorts on the subject, while frightening myself at the same time. That’s the Internet for you. Lol.

      I’ll take a look over on the heart foundation website right now ☺

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    1. I’ve had three different doctors and a cardiologist look over things so far lol. I’ve got more blood tests to look forward to next week, to rule out thyroid problems.

      Thank goodness for the NHS.

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      1. It took me years to get treatment for Lyme so I am still having problems with it. Nerve pain, brain issues, joints – all sorts of things. It’s not so bad this year because I found a new doctor who has done wonders. Treatment is very expensive and not covered by health insurance. We need NH here in US.

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  3. Sometimes we might read too much on the Internet about these sorts of issues. Forums especially. Stick to official medical sites. I have major health issues and have learned to stay focused mainly on what my care givers have to say. Too many times in the past I’d read a dismal report on an online forum about a persons “uncle who has that” followed immediately by negative thoughts in my mind. I stopped looking at forums Stay positive. Sounds like you’re doing that.. Cheers from SW Virginia.

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    1. The way I’m looking at it, is that there are people in a much worse position than I am. I’ll try to keep on smiling no matter what. The breathlessness does get a little annoying at times, and I have to compose myself when answering the telephone – I don’t want to come across as one of those heavy breathing weirdos lol.

      Thanks Michael 👍

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  4. Scary isn’t it?
    For me the worst bit is as my heart settles down to a normal pace again I feel ‘something.’ like a squeeze maybe – absolutely convinced I’m about to die and then suddenly back to normal – well once all the side effects ease. First time I had it I was 16 and went up to a whopping 263 bpm. Ambulance, obscene amounts of vomit the lot. Admitted to hospital who helpfully told my parents I must have taken ecstasy. I hadn’t. These days it’s rare and after thorough investigation at a local leading hospital in heart health it has been confirmed as a wiring fault. Although it took until I was 30 to get that diagnosis. I could have surgery but as it’s not causing issues in day to day life they’re happy for me to carry on as normal. Fingers crossed that things settle down for you soon. Feel better soon. x

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    1. It was quite concerning when my heart started to race – I started with the trembles and was wondering what the hell was happening. Luckily I was no where near your rapid pace. Wow. I’d literally follow through at 263 😂

      I’m pleased to hear you’re doing well. Its a surprisingly common ailment which given the right treatment shouldn’t cause too much trouble.

      Thanks for your kind words ☺

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  5. I’ve lived with Atrial Fibrillation for 4 years. I’ve slowly been able to manage it without medication by removing myself from unnecessary stress, switching to decaf coffee and stopping alcohol. I’ve also found great benefit in natural heart support supplements. I wish you well on this journey. May you find the treatment that’s right for you. Keep taking great photos!

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    1. Stress has been a big part of my life for the past five years now. I got used to it. If I’m to guess the cause of my heart problem, it’s probably been down to worrying about others and forgetting about myself. However, even if I could go back in time, I wouldn’t change a thing. I must be nuts 🤪

      I’m aiming to get out much more with my camera – it’s therapeutic ☺

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  6. I lived with a mitral valve prolapse for about 30 years before they did surgery to repair it. Along with that, my heart was throwing PVCs (premature ventricular contractions). The heart surgery did not fix that. Take care and push the doctors for a diagnosis. Heart problems are scary, but once diagnosed the fear is gone and you learn to live with it. And life can be wonderful again.

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  7. Mine went into a-fib a couple months ago. 175 bpm. EMS came and administered double dosage of Cardizem to get it down. First ambulance ride of my life. Of course, it was back to normal by the time we hit the hospital. The next week, a cardiologist had me wear a heart monitor for a month solid, so they could track it to see if it’s a-fib or flutter. It’s a PIA, but you might want to do that, so they can monitor you. Palpitations suck. I’ve had them for years, so I feel you.

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    1. I’ve just had the results back from a 24hr ECG, and they seem mixed. The monitor picked up Bradycardia, Supraventricular ectopic beats, and Afib. lol.

      My bloods are all OK, which is a positive. I’m now waiting for a 3D scan of my heart, so that they can have a good look at how it is working. I am feeling much better with the Bisoprolol – the tablets are doping a good job at keeping things running smoothly. I don’t drink alcohol, nor do I smoke. Plus I’m relatively fit – which is all in my favour, so I’m told. I’m not so sure. Maybe I should jump in a vat of Whisky – the local drunks don’t seem to suffer from anything 😂

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