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|Wed, 07-14-2004 - 12:06am|
About 8 years ago, I started fainting. Not often. It usually only happens about twice a year. When I experience it, I get very dizzy, have a cold sweat, my vision goes dark, and it sounds like I'm underwater. I feel like I'm breathing shallowly and sometimes, though not always, lose consciousness for a while (probably less than a minute). Except for one time, this has always happened during or shortly after a shower and, also with one exception, happened during my period.
Like an idiot, I never mentioned this to a doctor. About 9 months ago, I started experiencing a rapid heartbeat and some chest pain on the left side of my chest. The rapid heartbeat is triggered by caffeine but also sometimes happens when I have not had any caffeine. The chest pain is sharp, moderate in pain, and short in duration (about a minute).
I told my doctor about all this today and he has me wearing a 24 hour halter monitor. From the research I've done on-line the past few days, I think that I may have mitral valve prolapse. I wanted to check if anyone has had similar symptoms and whether they have mvp.
Thanks for reading my very long message!