Skip to content

    Announcements

    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!


    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    heart disease
    avatar
    shineshine36 posted:
    hi, i have cad, cardiomyopithy, and heart failure. i have complained to my doctor about having a feeling that my heart is flip flopping or fluttering in my chest. they have put a monitor on me but always tell me that it did'nt pick up anything please help i have already had a heart attack and i am scared.how can i get them to help me? or to listen to me ?
    Reply
     
    avatar
    billh99 responded:
    they have put a monitor on me but always tell me that it did'nt pick up anything

    What kind of monitor?

    There is the 24/48 hr Holter monitor.

    And there are event recorders. similar to the Holter except that you have it for 30-90 days. And it logs unusual events.

    The is also a long term event recorder that is implanted under the skin and can be interrogated externally to get it's data.
     
    avatar
    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi:

    You have quite a medical history.

    "They have put a monitor on me but always tell me that it didn't pick up anything"

    We assume it was a Holter monitor. If so, an event recorder can be used for much longer periods of time, to capture/record an elusive/transient arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat).

    "I have complained to my doctor about having a feeling that my heart is flip flopping or fluttering in my chest."

    As applicable to the patient, the most common type of palpitations, premature ventricular contractions (PVCs, occurs even in many heart-healthy individuals), has various causes or triggers, cardiac and non-cardiac.

    Often, PVCs are typically harmless, be it isolated (single), couplets (2-in-row), triplets (3-in-a-row) or salvos (short bursts of 3 or more in-a-row), bigeminy (occurring every other beat), trigeminy (occurring every third beat), quadrigeminy (occurring every fourth beat), etc., etc.

    HOWEVER, the main problem or concern (even more so, much more emphasized for those with certain major or serious heart conditions) with PVCs is if/when sustained ventricular tachycardia (runs of PVCs over 30 seconds) occurs.

    Symptoms that may/can occur wih PVCs includes none at all or chest pain/discomfort/pressure/tightness, difficulty breathing, lightheadedness/dizziness, and in uncommon to rare cases, near-syncope or syncope (temporary loss of consciousness, includes fainting and passing out).

    "How can I get them to help me or to listen to me?"

    You know your body best. ALWAYS be proactive in your health care and treatment. Sometimes, this not only requires being assertive but also consulting with another/other doctors.

    Best of luck down the road of life.

    Take care,

    CardioStar*

    WebMD member (since 8/99)



    -

    -

    Be well-informed

    MedicineNet - We Bring Doctors' Knowledge to You

    Palpitations

    http://www.medicinenet.com/Palpitations/article.htm

    eHealthMD

    Palpitations

    http://www.ehealthmd.com/library/palpitations/PAL_whatis.html

    -

    Learn about the heart's delicate and precise electrical conduction system

    Animated Tutorial

    http://www.your-doctor.com/healthinfocenter/medical-conditions/cardiovascular/conductiontutorial.html

    Heart Rhythm Society

    Patinet and Public Information Center

    http://www.hrspatients.org/patients

    -

    WebMD

    Heart Disease TYPES

    Men and Women

    Acquired in life or congenital (born with it)

    http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/heart-disease-men

    Heart Disease SYMPTOMS


    http://www.webmd.com/heart-disease/guide/heart-disease-symptoms


    Mayo Clinic

    Heart Disease

    Definition. Symptoms. Causes. Risk factors. Complications. Tests and diagnosis. Prevention......

    Heart disease is a broad term used to describe a range of diseases that affect your heart and sometimes your blood vessels......

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heart-disease/DS01120


    LEARN ABOUT the Heart



    WebMD

    The Heart: (Human Anatomy) Pictures, Definition, Location in the Body and Heart Problems

    http://www.webmd.com/heart/picture-of-the-heart

    -

    HeartSite

    Heart info, cardiac tests (commonly perfomed, mainstream types) info, actual diagnostic images.

    http://www.heartsite.com

    -

    Quote!

    "Be a questioning patient. TALK to your DOCTOR and ASK QUESTIONS. Studies show that patients who ask the most questions, and are most assertive, get the best results. Be vigilant and speak up!"

    - Charles Inlander, People's Medical Society

    .

    It's your future......be there.

    . .

    WebMD/WebMD forums DOES NOT provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


    Helpful Tips

    potassium levels
    talk to your physician and check your meds on WebMD -- some med combinations either deplete or increase potassium levels in your ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    1 of 1 found this helpful

    Expert Blog

    The Heart Beat - James Beckerman, MD, FACC

    Dr. James Beckerman shares how small, livable lifestyle changes can have a real impact on your risk of heart attack and stroke...Read More

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

    For more information, visit the Duke Health General and Consultative Heart Care Center