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Heart Arrhythmia

Fri Apr 04, 2003 5:58 am

Has anyone had a heart arrythmia? There are several forms of it, some dangerous, some harmless. I had one last night. I went to the local clinic and my heart was doing 150 beats per minute. I got poked 4 times, one was the IV and they kept giving me meds to calm it down. After 1 hour or so it was at 100 beats per minute, and I were to go home. I am fine now, it has happened before but has calmed down. They appear to be harmless said the doctor, and it's happened because it usually occurs after I work out really hard, or eat something like chocoloate or caffiene. Has anyone else had one of these?

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RE: Heart Arrhythmia

Fri Apr 04, 2003 6:06 am

I just found it funny that when I placed the cursor over IV it said Fuijan Airlines!  Laugh out loud

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RE: Heart Arrhythmia

Fri Apr 04, 2003 6:08 am

I get a high pounding heart rate and palpatations after eating stuff high in carbs. But its harmless and a symptom of reactive hypoglycemia, which I was just diagnosed with about a month ago.
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RE: Heart Arrhythmia

Fri Apr 04, 2003 6:10 am

I had them all the time, although in my case, my heart would start racing for about a minute, the just as suddenly resume a normal beat. I was in my late teens at the time, and the doctors said that this wasn't uncommon in teenage males. They just said to layoff the caffine and sodium.

I will still occasionally get them, and the doctor I am seeing told me (and I am not making this up) that if it happens, tense your body like you are trying to have a bowel movement. The odd part is - it seems to work!
 
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RE: Heart Arrhythmia

Fri Apr 04, 2003 6:40 am

My heartbeat is normal except it skips a beat every so often. I talked to my doctor about it, and he said that there was a 99% chance that it was benign, and to not worry about it. My FAA medical isn't even affected by it.

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RE: Heart Arrhythmia

Fri Apr 04, 2003 8:35 am

I've had a pacemaker for 15 years to correct an abnormally slow heart rate, and to prevent a condition called heart block, where the heart actually shuts down briefly (so far, it has always started up again!). It also helps control a fibrillation issue that has cropped up recently.

It hasn't been debilitating in the least. I still ski like an idiot, both downhill and cross country. I still do extended 7-10 day backpacking trips in the mountains, and I still climb them, as long as they're below 12,000 ft. I also do a lot of mountain biking and kayaking.

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RE: Heart Arrhythmia

Fri Apr 04, 2003 9:27 am

Arrow: Can you still fly?

Anyway, my heart arrhythmia yesterday was spooky, it was anxiety that was feeding it, now it's down to 50-60 bpm.

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RE: Heart Arrhythmia

Fri Apr 04, 2003 11:07 am

Anyone else? I really want to know more about this.

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RE: Heart Arrhythmia

Sat Apr 05, 2003 2:30 am

Continental --

Can I still fly? Yes and no. When the condition was first diagnosed DoT took my medical away. After a letter from my cardiologist, they gave it back to me. But I've let it lapse since then (couldn't afford to keep flying at the time) and I'm not sure how they would react now. I guess I should try.

Interesting side note, though. I have never had a single symptom that would have identified the problem. But in one of my periodic "I never want to write for a newspaper again as long as I live" phases, I decided to go get a commercial ticket. The standard electrocardiogram showed a very slight lag between the two phases of the heartbeat -- nothing at all alarming, but enough to make him put a 24-hour ECG gizmo on me (a glorified tape recorder). They discovered that when I was asleep, my heart would shut down for 2-3 seconds, once or twice a night.

Who knows if I'd still be around today if I hadn't gone for a commercial medical. Also, the original heart beat lag? Never happened again any routine office ECG.

And I'm not Irish!
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RE: Heart Arrhythmia

Sat Apr 05, 2003 2:51 am

I have had the "skipping " problem, where it feels like my heart tripped over it's shoelaces, and then tries to catch up. One night shift it got really bad, and off to the hospital I went . Basically it was stress (Canadian going under) and caffeine( endless cups of coffee on the nightshift). The funny thing is the power of the brain. The heart skipped, the brain worried, stress went up, the heart skipped more, the brain worried more, and so on, worse and worse, until literally the moment I stepped into the hospital. I relaxed, figuring they could save me if it quit. Right away the problem virtually disappeared, leaving the staff looking at me like I was an idiot! After a while it skipped once, and the doctor looked at the ecg and said it was nothing. If it worries you, get it looked at. If your doctor won't take you seriously, go to someone else. But chances are it is nothing.
 
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RE: Heart Arrhythmia

Sat Apr 05, 2003 4:04 pm

I've had this condition for over 30 years. I've had a heart monitor installed for 24 hours and EKGs, ECGs, DVAs, PCQs and other unremembered tests, as has my brother. OK, being silly on abbreviations, but my brother and I have been tested numerous times with no problems.

It still can scare me a bit but I no longer panic. New girlfriends freak a bit when thay hear it but that's the biggest problem. You'll get used to it in a few years.

Freaky feeling though isn't it. Mine feels as though my heart is doing somersaults.

Best wishes and don't panic.
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RE: Heart Arrhythmia

Sat Apr 05, 2003 4:15 pm

My father has a condition called Arterial Fibrillation, which where his heart will miss beats, and in order to compensate for missed beats it will beat irregulary. Its never fatal if the person who it occurs in can recognize it and get to a hospital. Everything else is perfectly fine though...his cardiologist says that he has never seen a heart in better condition in a 45 year old...go figure. He takes medicine to keep the condition from kicking in---which guarantees a trip to the hospital and usually a date with the defibrillator. Luckily he's only been in the hospital for this I think once in the past 6 years.

I thought something was wrong with my heart for about 3 months a year ago because of persistent chest pains. I went to the cardiologist, and he said everything was fine, and it was most likely stress. After I left his office, I didnt have chest pain since...I guess it was a combination of stress and nervousness over what the chest pains could be.
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RE: Heart Arrhythmia

Sat Apr 05, 2003 4:22 pm

Hey now, Jcs17, I'm 45 and have the same condition. Are you trying to scare me?

Seriously though, very rarely does someone need to seek medical attention for it after it's been diagnosed properly. Mine lets itself be known about every 2 months and all I do is punch myself in the chest once. (doctors insructions) Slaps that bad old muscle into regularity in a heartbeat.
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RE: Heart Arrhythmia

Sat Apr 05, 2003 4:41 pm

Heart problems seem to be common in my family on my dad's side. My dad just turned 53, and is the longest living male on his direct side of the family as far as we know. My cousin died 2 years ago of a heart attack, and he was only 30. One year previous to that, he had a quadruple bypass surgery due to a heart attack. The only link I have is high cholesterol, so I take medication to control the cholesterol level. Other than that, I don't have heart problems that I am aware of.
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RE: Heart Arrhythmia

Sun Apr 06, 2003 2:33 am

If you have a history of heart conditions in your family,it would be a good idea to check your blood pressure every once in a while...monthly, quartery, etc.

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a risk factor (along with chest pains or angina) for bigger heart problems, Hypertension is called the silent killer because most people don't know they have it. Good blood pressure is anything under 140 over 90. You can check it at any drug store for free. The machines also usually give your heart rate, too.
 
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RE: Heart Arrhythmia

Mon Apr 07, 2003 5:33 pm

Whatever you do, don't take anything containing ephedra (like Metabolife) when you work out.
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RE: Heart Arrhythmia

Mon Apr 07, 2003 11:42 pm

My blood pressure has always been fine, although that could always change. It's my cholesterol that's consistently high.
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RE: Heart Arrhythmia

Tue Apr 08, 2003 8:18 am

Jcs17 -- It's called "atrial fibrillation." Arteries don't fibrillate. The difference between A-fib and V-fib (ventricular fibrillation) is that the atria aren't *as* critical to blood circulation so A-fib won't kill you immediately. V-fib will effectively leave a person unconscious and rapidly deteriorating to cardiac arrest because the heart itself doesn't receive enough blood flow.

President Bush (41) was hospitalized for A-fib during his term in the White House. Among other causes, his diagnosis was Graves' Disease, which is a variety of hyperthyroidism. The increased thyroid hormone increased his heart rate to the point that one or both of his atria began fibrillating.

For those of you who don't know -- fibrillating means, in the most general sense, "quivering or pumping rapidly to the point of ineffective circulation." Therefore, when you see those TV docs using a defibrillator, they're trying to reset the electrical disturbance that caused fibrillation, to get the heart back into effective pumping.


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RE: Heart Arrhythmia

Tue Apr 08, 2003 11:25 am

My mother has had it for some 14 years or so. She usually get these attacks a few times a year. 1 in 3 passes by itself, however usually she needs to be taken to the hospital. Her pulse goes up to like 200 and her blood preasure drops really low. She has lost conciousness a couple times. They give her an IV or poke her in the neck and it goes away in a few moments and she goes home an hour later. Docktors say she has an extra nerve near her heart that causes it. Things like stress, nicotine, caffine trigger these attacks. Docktors say you cant die from them but its scary nonetheless when you see someone you love get it. There is a treatment where they put a lazer through a vein, travel up the heart and burn these uncessary nerves that cause this.
 
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RE: Heart Arrhythmia

Tue Apr 08, 2003 11:53 am

Jcs17 -- It's called "atrial fibrillation." Arteries don't fibrillate.

Gee, thanks Dr. Redngold.
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