New--please tell me I'm not nuts!
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|Mon, 11-09-2009 - 3:27pm|
I'm 36 and in good health, but recently the occasional "flutter" or "flip-flop" I've had all my life has turned into something more. Last spring, the flutters became more frequent and I had an episode during my daughter's dance recital in which it started beating irregularly and lasted about 1 minute, then was fine. I went to see a cardiologist and had a stress test and echo. Stress test was normal and the echo showed a leaky mitral valve, but nothing else.
In October, I was awakened at around 3 a.m. by a very scary episode of my heart beating hard, slow and very irregular, crazy beats. I could feel it in my arms, chest and throat. It went on for several minutes and as I became terrified, started beating very fast. Then suddenly it stopped and went back to a normal rhythm, just kind of weak and hard to feel, but then again, it was middle of the night and I was scared. When it was beating irregularly, my husband could feel it pulsing just by putting his hand on my shoulder. I went back to the cardiologist the next day and she decided to have me wear a 30-day event monitor.
Then this past Friday while walking into work, I had another scary episode of my heart beating irregularly and it took about 20 minutes for it to stop. I sat down on the curb and called my friend who works nearby. She took me to the doctor but by the time I got there I felt fine, just a little strange feeling in my chest/throat like I had swallowed something without chewing it. My doc did an EKG and it was normal. She did say that the overnight readings from my monitor showed I had some PVC's but nothing that alarmed her.
Well, today I was told by a heart monitor technician at my cardiologist's office that they had obtained the readings from my monitor and that it showed nothing abnormal except maybe a couple of PAC's and that whatever I felt, it wasn't my heart. I haven't heard from my doctor yet, but this made me feel like I'm crazy. I know what I felt. Does anyone have any insight into this? I want to cry because I know I did not imagine it, and it was way more than a few flutters. I want to make sure everything's okay. I have two little girls and a husband and I need to stay healthy.