Need advice: 20 year old daughter, high heart rate, dizzy

Posted by peepers1999 @peepers1999, Jan 10 7:09pm

Hello…I have a 20 yrs old daughter who has a high heart rate all the time along with dizziness, chest pains, sweats and low BP. She has been through testing and they say her heart is ok. Her HR can get as high at 180 and that is from just walking across the room. Her HR very seldom ever goes below 120. The last doc we were at today said we just need to wait it out and she will get better hopefully. If you guys were the parents what would u do?

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@peepers1999 Welcome so sorry to hear about your daughter . I would seek all kinds of different Dr,s till someone gave me answers. Perhaps a Endocrinologist or Neurologist would help . I wouldnt think this would be just a wait and see attitude that Dr. has IF you need to get referral from him do so is my suggestion if not make an appt. till you find out what is going on.. Please if you feel like it let us know how she is doing . Good luck

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@peepers1999
Hello,
Were it me I certainly wouldn't take the wait and see approach. By doing so your daughters may very well be in jeopardy. Have you asked her doctor about the higher risk potentials for stroke, heart attack or heart failure, etc.
Does your daughter have high blood pressure? Breathing problems, have any confusion. Has any doctor said what type Tachacafdia she has? I assume her physician did all the blood tests and other tests.

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Oops, posted to soon.
How do you know she has it ”All the time?” Does she have it in bed? Does she suffer from anxiety, or use energy drinks. Please don’t think I’m being accusatory, just thinking of reasons why this may be happening. Could Meth, cocaine or other stimulants be a possibility? Has any doctor recommended putting in a pacemaker since she has an irregular heartbeat. Has she worn a halter monitor to see how her heart reacts over a certain period of time. I would take her to the emergency room. They’re going to have all the equipment needed to do whatever test they want to do and if they can’t control it I would think they would admit her for further testing and evaluation. Short periods of tachycardia are perfectly normal like if you’re taking a run or working out at the gym or doing some other exercise. There is definitely a cause, it’s not just happening out of the blue. I would definitely find another doctor.
Best of luck to you and your daughter,
Jake

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I can fully understand your concerns. Our daughter is in her early 30’s and experiencing a elevated heart rate much the same numbers that you speak of. She is a paramedic (8 years) and an EMT before then. She doesn’t have any of the other symptoms that you say your daughter has. She has been tested a lot, she has talked with many medical people through her work. Same answers basically, don’t know what is causing and wait and see. She is on antidepressants and I can’t say for sure that she is sharing everything with us. I hope that you can find answers for her. I know that my post is not very helpful but at least you know that she is not alone.

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I have a fast heart rate called tachycardia. I was told that over 100 is considered fast. At sleep I was 164. I saw a specialty cardiologist called an electrophysiologist. There are several tests they dId to diagnose tachycardia. There are also different procedures they can do to correct this. I luckily only have to take a medication twice a day and my heart rate is now down to a range of high 80’s to low 90’s.
I was told it would not just go away on its own. I was mid 60 when diagnosed. Not sure what difference age makes.
Personally I would ask about a cardiology visit and ask if they know of an electrophysiologist. A cardiologist should be able to help you with this. Good luck to you.

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My mother argued with our highly qualified family physician for most of a decade, to no avail. A change to a doctor with fewer letters after his name led almost overnight to a range of hospital tests, followed by cardiac surgery. So, my experience is that a parent's intuition can trump a doctor's supposed expertise. If you are sure that there is something organically wrong then I would be inclined to think that you are absolutely right. You do need to find doctors who will not write you off as an over-anxious parent, which is what happened to my mom. The Head of Surgery's opinion of our original family physician cannot be repeated here.

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I would definitely seek a second opinion with either a cardiologist or a trip to the emergency dept. When my son was 15 years-old he experienced two episodes of fast heart rate, shortness of breath, and just not feeling right (he has a longstanding neuro history). I drove him to the ER, and he was quickly diagnosed with a cardiac arrhythmia – Wolfe Parkinson White syndrome – which can be potentially lethal. They referred us to a pediatric cardiologist who specializes in electrophysiology. After several tests, we decided the best treatment for him was a cardiac ablation rather than a lifetime of medication. It was a successful procedure, and he has been symptom free for nine years. Good luck with your daughter. Continue to trust your gut and seek answers!

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I would find the best electrophysiologist you can and discuss an EP study to see if the cause of her problem is with her heart. Otherwise, I would take her to an endocrinologist . The symptoms you describe are typically either cardiac, nervous system (dysautonomia) or endocrine ( I would think she might be tested for a usually benign adrenal tumor called a pheochromocytoma, which could account for most of her symptoms BUT it would go along with high and not low blood pressure, so i guess that's not a possibility).

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