I've had heart palpitations since I can remember, they come and go, never lasting longer than 10 seconds or so. A couple of weeks ago, I had an episode that lasted over 30 minutes. I was tested, and the only information I was told was that I was low on iron, and this could be the cause. Since then I've been taking iron supplements, but have noticed that i can constantly feel my heart beating. Since my 30 minute ordeal, I've had a couple palpitation episodes, but they've only lasted a few seconds. However, even when beating normally, I can feel my heart. All day, everyday. I never noticed this before my episode. Is this normal?
Some people seem to me more sensitive than others to their own heart beat, but regular and irregular.
Some palpitations are of no consequence, others can indicate problems.
You did not indicate what kind of test(s) that you had. You should get a copy of the reports.
And if you think that the palpitations are getting worse or changing pattern you should go back to your doctor. And probably get a Holter or event monitor. It will record your heart rate for 24 hrs or more.
That will show any irregularity that happen outside the doctors office.
Under normal circumstances, one is not aware of, does not sense, perceive, hear or feel his/her own heartbeat/pulse, as if it were not beating at all.
In general-only here, 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.
Most 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.
Also, as applicable to the patient, there is a condition known as paroxsymal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT), which typically causes a frighteningburst/surge in heart/pulse rate that begins/starts and ends/stops suddenly (hence the term paroxsymal), which can last for just mere seconds or it can continue on for minutes to hours to days. SVT can send the heart into speeds up to 150-200 BPM,and sometimes, even as high as 300 BPM.
Symptoms that may/can occur with PVCs, SVT, and PSVT includes chest pain/discomfort/pressure/tightness, shortness of breath, lightheadedness/dizziness, and in uncommon to rare cases, syncope (temporary loss of consciousness, which includes passing out or fainting). Sometimes there are no symptoms.
Hi Jamie. I always "heard" my heart beating. It would be fast, then normal, then fast. I just thought it was normal. It wasn't until I was 38 and both my baby and I had a bout of vomiting that I discovered something was wrong. While waiting for the doctor my heart went rapid again. I was discovered to have SVT, basically rapid heartbeats. My heart was out of sync. The next day I had an EPS & Ablation where they repaired the crossed signals of my heart. It has been four years an I haven't had an issue since. Definitely talk to your doctor and see if that might be your issue. Good luck!
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