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    27 yr old heart problem?
    An_255448 posted:
    n't My family has a history of heart problems my mother has a peacemaker my aunt died from a heart attack etc i recently started getting bad irregular heartbeats, I nearly fainted. It felt like circulation was cut off from my heart I felt nausea,fatigue problems breathing. I was trying to breath slowly but to no avail. I have two little kids but its been getting worse. I don't do too much to make it happen I could be sitting down and then I feel my heart racing then it starts again (not a panic attack) then i feel my heart fighting to slow down and speed up at the same time. I think I get nausea after those episodes I feel like i have a heart condition. My mother had a miscarriage with my older ibrother he died in her womb from a stopped heartbeat... Im just hoping for the best in this I don't to die young. Im going to visit my doctor this week going to ask to perform tests. I am just looking for support? My mom just recently had to get her peacemaker replaced so I cant discuss it with her for fear she'll freak out...

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    mrscora01 responded:
    I think the first thing you should do is make an appointment with a doctor. Do you have a cardiologist? If not, start with your family doc. It may be very serious, or it may be something easily treatable. You won't know until you see someone.

    Best of luck.

    cardiostarusa1 responded:

    "I'm going to visit my doctor this week. Going to ask to perform tests."

    Kudos on that.

    Ask your doctor about wearing a Holter monitor or event recorder at home and during daily activities.

    "I don't do too much to make it happen. I could be sitting down and then I feel my heart racing, then it starts again (not a panic attack), then I feel my heart fighting to slow down and speed up at the same time."

    Worth mentioning here, as applicable to the patient, there is a condition known as paroxsymal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT), which typically causes a frightening burst/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 PSVT (or an irregular heartbeat, such as common palpitations; premature ventricular contractions, PVCs), 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.

    Additionally, of the various types/kinds of heart conditions, some which can at occur at ANY AGE, symptoms may/can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting) or even be silent.

    Best of luck down the road of life. Live long and prosper.

    Take care,


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