Need advice with heart issues

Posted by jadillow @jadillow, Apr 25, 2019

I have posted numerous times and everyone is so friendly and helpful. I have sinus bradycardia and for months I have had many days randomly filled with lightheadedness bouts and pains all in left side (arm, chest, hip, legs). Had stress and Ecco done 4 months ago and many ER visits saying heart was fine. I am now wearing an event monitor to keep checking things. Today for example my resting rate, sitting at my desk my normal job, was in the 40s. Most days it stays in 50s and today I have felt lightheaded air. Even at times feeling my limbs were cool.

I juts needs some advice. I’m 36 with a side and kids and I just want to make sure I am doing all I can to ensure I see them through the years and make sure something’s tragic doesn’t happen to me. Any advice or anything similar from anyone? Thanks a lot for the continued help.

@jadillow

Just an update. Follow up on today with cardiologist. Said event monitor was normal and although I have a low resting heart rate my average was in the 60s. I have been having chest pains and was at the moment they gave my ekg and they said no issues. They said no follow up is needed and to call if I need them. My bp is 132/80 and I take meds for this. They say the heart rate is not a worry but may be in the future. Still don’t know about all this.

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Sounds like what a cardiologist would say. Hat is your specific concern or worry

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@suscros68

Sounds like what a cardiologist would say. Hat is your specific concern or worry

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I trust you talked to the cardiologist about your blood pressure medication? That is the obvious reason your resting pulse is likely lower than normal. Your chest pain may be costochondritis – inflammation of the junctions where upprt ribs join meet the cartilage connecting the ribs them to the sternum. It's a pretty condition , not serious, but causes chest pain – you might want to mention it to your doctor.

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I did. She said it’s possible. She said the meds I am on (Lisinopril and amlodopine) don’t cause this but I’m not a doctor. Lol

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It hurts at times on each side of sternum. Almost like a straight line on upper chest. And then off and on around nipple or a little above. Just worrysome I guess

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@slynnb

I trust you talked to the cardiologist about your blood pressure medication? That is the obvious reason your resting pulse is likely lower than normal. Your chest pain may be costochondritis – inflammation of the junctions where upprt ribs join meet the cartilage connecting the ribs them to the sternum. It's a pretty condition , not serious, but causes chest pain – you might want to mention it to your doctor.

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She said it could be Costo. I have poor posture from my desk job and I’m wondering if this may cause flare ups

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Does anyone else no if these meds can cause low pulse rate. I have been on Lisinopril for three years and started the other a few months ago. Low rate started a little before that I believe

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@jadillow

Does anyone else no if these meds can cause low pulse rate. I have been on Lisinopril for three years and started the other a few months ago. Low rate started a little before that I believe

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The problem with attributing it to the medication is that it ignores other causes.

1. Tachycardia, a rapid heart rate, we all know that to be undesirable, right. Some of us take BetaBlockers to reduce our heart rate, but there can be a problem with that, namely, in some diabetic emergencies, a key warning sign is Tachycardia. Therefore, treating heart rate with Beta Blockers may prevent this essential clue from occurring, the patient seeking treatment, and a vital diagnosis being made and treatment initiated.

2. Does your doctor feel your rate is sufficient? Ask your doctor what the absolute minimum your heart rate can safely be. If you disagree with your doctor, seek a 2nd Opinion from a doctor recommended by people you trust.

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Doctor and separate cardiologist both told
Me as long as it doesn’t cause major symptoms then there is nothing to be done at this time. She advised me the medicine I am on die snot affect heart rate. I have gotten out of shape the past 6 months or so due in part to these issues. Now I am getting my diet and fitness back in check with hope it helps.

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Ok I have also had random chest pains the past few days. Mostly in the left and then at times alon the ribs, both side of sternum under collar bone area. They did EKG as I was having these pains and didn’t find anything. My Health anxiety is through the roof 🙁

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@jadillow

Ok I have also had random chest pains the past few days. Mostly in the left and then at times alon the ribs, both side of sternum under collar bone area. They did EKG as I was having these pains and didn’t find anything. My Health anxiety is through the roof 🙁

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The problem is, I can't reassure you, you need to pursue these things with your doctor. Ask him or her what would be a trigger point for you needing to go to the ER, I recently had focal chest pains, less than 5 minutes, near the sternum, thumb tip size, and I'm seeing my doctor tomorrow for that and asking if I'm OK on the Metoprolol or if I should be on something else. When I made the appointment, I thought I needed to change, but things have quieted down again, the afib that is, so I'm not so sure. Briefly looking online due to my own incident, I saw a medical article on non-Cardiac chest pains, they are an expensive and time consuming thing for the insurance and the medical industry.

They are also relatively common for some with afib. But even those people need to ask their doctor for specifics on when to be concerned, and even then, apply a little common sense and intuition.

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One rule of thumb is that if the chest pain hurts (sharp pain) when you breathe in and out, it is likely a tight muscle. We've all experienced those kinds of pains. But if you have a heart condition, better to get any pain checked out. Keep away from alcohol, caffeine, decongestants or any stimulant. That woucl be what caused your 5 minute issue. Since I had Afib, I NEVER have coffee, tea, chocolate, alcohol, stimulant dental drugs etc.. Good luck!

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@jadillow

Ok I have also had random chest pains the past few days. Mostly in the left and then at times alon the ribs, both side of sternum under collar bone area. They did EKG as I was having these pains and didn’t find anything. My Health anxiety is through the roof 🙁

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Hello @jadillow

I just now read the posts in this discussion group. In a recent post you said, " My Health anxiety is through the roof." If you feel that your cardiologist is giving you the right information and you do not need to seek a second opinion from another cardiologist, is it possible to get some treatment for your anxiety? There are meds as well as talk therapy that can certainly help with "health anxiety." This is something that a lot of us have dealt with from time to time and it is something that is treatable.

Will you talk with your PCP about the possibility of treating your anxiety?

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