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High Heart Rate / Slight fainting type of symptoms

Posted by @syntax2002, Sep 27, 2018

Thanks for taking the time to read and reply.. 🙂

I am 34 years old and I've had High Blood Pressure since 21 years of age. I was given Benicar & Toprol. Those worked well, but I was in college and didn't eat healthy & drank excess alcohol like many students.

At 28 I went to see a new cardiologist since mine retired, and he took me off Toprol saying I was too young for it and didn't need it. Since then I've had high heart rate / palpitation types of issues.

The following things can trigger the high heart rate (100-120):

* standing up from sitting or standing up for more than few minutes
* eating medium to large meals
* walking short periods
* standing up from lying down position at times will cause light head

For a year I was on Lexapro, my cardiologist told me my issues were due to anxiety. I believe Lexapro did help me and I didn't have a lot of the palpitation and high heart rate issues. I got off of it after a year since I didn't feel like I had anxiety. But some of those symptoms are back now.

Has anyone taken Lexapro (anxiety meds) and have it help you with palpitations / high heart rate? I don't understand how eating habits, standing up that causes palpitations could be resolved by anxiety meds?

Also one more thing…

I just had an echocardiogram done few weeks ago and these were the results:
* Left atrial is at upper limit of normal size
* Mild mitral valve regurgitation
* Pulmonic valve – peal gradient 10 mm Hg may suggest mild pulmonic stenosis

The cardiologist told me to repeat the test in 5 years again, and I didn't need to make an appt with those results. But I plan on going to see him to talk about my high heart rate.

Should I be worried about these results at age 34?

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Has your cardiologist ever considered POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)? With that, your heart rate increases by at least 30 beats from lying down position to standing. Also associated with it can be an increase in adrenaline. Sometimes get labeled with just anxiety — when there could be more to it.

Just to clarify — it can include a component of anxiety.

@jigglejaws94

Has your cardiologist ever considered POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)? With that, your heart rate increases by at least 30 beats from lying down position to standing. Also associated with it can be an increase in adrenaline. Sometimes get labeled with just anxiety — when there could be more to it.

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I have not been tested for POTS but I will ask this at my appointment. Is this what people describe as having a tilt test for? I also have an apple watch, I wonder if could do a test at home (not for diagnostic purpose) but personal purpose to see what my heart rate is when laying down to standing up.

I wear an Apple Watch and run the Kardia heart rate monitor and instant EKG. My heart rate jumps over 200bpm without activity. It can happen while I’m sleeping, sitting or moving. I wear an Apple Watch and run the Kardia heart rate monitor and instant EKG. But after a month it working stop so I am going with this link https://www.appletechnicalsupportnumbers.com/apple-customer-support/ to solve it. The reasons for sharing is if anyone has any issue with Apple gadgets to use this to solve it because life is more important than money.

@syntax2002 I'm 46, male, 6'1" 220lbs. I have the exact same issue and frustrated to the point of now making an appointment with Mayo Clinic to see if they can find a solution. I've been checked for dysautonomia and that was negative. My issues mostly happen at night. I sleep with CPAP machine. If I wake up during middle of night and move just slightly. And I mean, just slightly… An arm or leg. My heart rate shoots up way over 100+bpm. It then comes down to normal 60 after a minute. But it is concerning. My doctors have claimed it is anxiety but it is not. Last year it got so bad every night that it caused my heart to go into AFIB.

I also get the same heart rate increase for just little things. If I stand up after sitting for awhile I get dizzy too and feel major palpitations.

I've had two DVT and PE blood clots recently and an AFIB episode but this heart rate issue precedes all that.

I'm on Multaq for afib and Bystolic beta blocker and Xarelto.

I get something like that, except mine is low blood pressure with afib and mvp. Got the flu and was eating garlic (my favorite anti-virul), when I learned garlic can lower blood pressure. Got dizzy and got the flu. Go figure.

@jigglejaws94

Just to clarify — it can include a component of anxiety.

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Yes, and I added cbd creme to my daily foods/vits/meds etc. and less anxiety, I think. Also, not related but thought I'd throw it in since we are a whole body, in my early 70's and eyes getting more fatigued, a friend was recommended a multi eye vitamin, I started taking it, wala, eyes feeling better. Go figure, does nutrition really matter? In my case, yes. Not that age matters. It's just a number. And more research being done on this too. Oooppss, off subject again…..

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@syntax2002 I'm 46, male, 6'1" 220lbs. I have the exact same issue and frustrated to the point of now making an appointment with Mayo Clinic to see if they can find a solution. I've been checked for dysautonomia and that was negative. My issues mostly happen at night. I sleep with CPAP machine. If I wake up during middle of night and move just slightly. And I mean, just slightly… An arm or leg. My heart rate shoots up way over 100+bpm. It then comes down to normal 60 after a minute. But it is concerning. My doctors have claimed it is anxiety but it is not. Last year it got so bad every night that it caused my heart to go into AFIB.

I also get the same heart rate increase for just little things. If I stand up after sitting for awhile I get dizzy too and feel major palpitations.

I've had two DVT and PE blood clots recently and an AFIB episode but this heart rate issue precedes all that.

I'm on Multaq for afib and Bystolic beta blocker and Xarelto.

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Good luck. I trust Mayo Clinic. The specialists talk to each other and talk to you for awhile.

@jigglejaws94

Has your cardiologist ever considered POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)? With that, your heart rate increases by at least 30 beats from lying down position to standing. Also associated with it can be an increase in adrenaline. Sometimes get labeled with just anxiety — when there could be more to it.

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@syntax2002 You may want to ask doctor about getting a sleep study done. As I mentioned above, I had these same issues for years, since I was in my 30's. Then at 46yo last year, got diagnosed for AFIB, and also started CPAP/BIPAP machine. They diagnosed me with "mild" sleep apnea. For years my doctors claimed it was only "anxiety" causing the issues. Don't waste 10 years of your life, by not finding out what is going on. If your current doctors just claim anxiety, make sure they rule out other causes like sleep apnea and AFIB. All of it is related to each other. Sleep apnea can cause AFIB and heart rhythm issues over time.

I probably had sleep apnea for years without knowing, and they were just treating me with Prozac, Zoloft, and other med's over the years. Not once did anyone say to get a sleep study until I was older. Even though I have "mild" sleep apnea, it was enough to cause issues. My heart still goes crazy at times, even though I'm on Multaq for AFIB which should also control rhythm.

I did end up seeing the Cardiologist and he gave me a holter monitor for 2 days. He said there was some high heart rate but few skips but nothing to be concerned about and said based on that he did not feel Toprol would help me or is recommended. He ended up giving me 3 months of Lexapro to see if that resolves the issues pretty much a trial. I will start that in January once the holidays are over.

He also recommended increasing potassium intake via. food. So I will try that to see if that helps at all..

I had a study done for epilepsy at mayo clinic where I stayed overnight about 5 years ago, when I had this issue and they didn't find anything conclusive. They said I had some spikes show up but couldn't tell what it was, and I didn't have epilepsy but felt it was anxiety causing it.

Some of the terms I've used here are not what the doctor said, but I am trying to simplify what he mentioned.

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@warpedtrekker

@syntax2002 You may want to ask doctor about getting a sleep study done. As I mentioned above, I had these same issues for years, since I was in my 30's. Then at 46yo last year, got diagnosed for AFIB, and also started CPAP/BIPAP machine. They diagnosed me with "mild" sleep apnea. For years my doctors claimed it was only "anxiety" causing the issues. Don't waste 10 years of your life, by not finding out what is going on. If your current doctors just claim anxiety, make sure they rule out other causes like sleep apnea and AFIB. All of it is related to each other. Sleep apnea can cause AFIB and heart rhythm issues over time.

I probably had sleep apnea for years without knowing, and they were just treating me with Prozac, Zoloft, and other med's over the years. Not once did anyone say to get a sleep study until I was older. Even though I have "mild" sleep apnea, it was enough to cause issues. My heart still goes crazy at times, even though I'm on Multaq for AFIB which should also control rhythm.

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Yes, me too. My heart does run what I can and cannot do. Oh well, I'm doing okay. Helps to know what's going on.

@jigglejaws94

Has your cardiologist ever considered POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)? With that, your heart rate increases by at least 30 beats from lying down position to standing. Also associated with it can be an increase in adrenaline. Sometimes get labeled with just anxiety — when there could be more to it.

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cbd anti anxiety helper.

I keep having tachycardia episodes. I will be on my recliner watching TV for an hour or so. Then sometimes I feel a "jolt" like someone hits me with adrenaline, and my HR shoots up to high 130+. One night it got to 146bpm and went into Bigeminey. Not sure if this is just "inappropriate sinus tachycardia" or related to my AFIB. I'm on Multaq which should control AFIB.

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