New to the group, I'm having tachycardia issues

Posted by MGMolly @Erinmfs, Nov 23, 2021

Hi,

I'm new to this group, but not new to Connect. I'm having dizziness when I walk for exercise, and I've had tachycardia for quite some time, my doctor has ordered a heart monitor for 48 hours and an echocardiogram. I had my heart tested at Mayo in 2014, so in looking at my old records, I had tachycardia back then even! Is there anything I should know, and questions I should ask next week when I go in for this procedure?

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How fast was your tachycardia and how frequent? Do you have shortness of breath or other symptoms? Did they tell you you had ay arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation? The echo can tell you whether you have any heart valve issues but the monitor will probably be more informative. Good luck!

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Hi Folks, I'm the one who wrote also about elevated BP etc. I sent this to my Dr., after he appeared to be uncomfortable in discussing my suggestion my palpitations may be connected to the second Moderna shot ( March 28th) that started about 2 weeks later and continue. See if you can pull this up and please share, especially if anyone tracks down additional info. on such studies behind the scenes being carried out, given the most recent comment to this group, anecdotally, regarding that cardio nurse in hospital setting was aware but apparently concerned about discussing (?) ….Again, my point being, we need most certainly transparency for those of us who may have had similar responses, so we can thoughtfully weigh getting a booster. Here goes:
Published online July 27th – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8326931/ dol: 10.2147/lJGM.5324349 ( also has: PMID: 34349544) Rimple Jeet Kaur et al. Entitled: Cardiovascular Adverse Events Reported from COVID -19 Vaccines: Study Based on WHO Databases. Note elevated BPs as well…..

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Oh, great.

And now I'm finally scheduled for my Booster this coming Saturday. (I. have AFIB too with night-time tachycardia often for the entire night. .My triggers seem to be stress, alcohol and eating before bed. (I know this thanks to how my Apple Watch reads out a Cardiogram and SleepWatch App. which show me exactly what's going on re HB all night long.

(And I can check my pulse at any time for AFIB!)
They really are cool uses of technology.
(Now I need to get a working BP monitor instead of relying on the ones in supermarkets! LOL.)

What's most worrying me in regards to this thread, is something a son recently reported. A female therapist a few years older than me (I'm 75) had a serious reaction to her booster – pericarditis. (Like me, her first two injections had gone fine.)

She is well now, but had a rough period first.

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@windyshores

How fast was your tachycardia and how frequent? Do you have shortness of breath or other symptoms? Did they tell you you had ay arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation? The echo can tell you whether you have any heart valve issues but the monitor will probably be more informative. Good luck!

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I have a constant heart rate above 100 bpm, sometimes it's as high as 138, it's usually around 120. I've been getting dizzy walking the track at the ymca, I used to have leg swelling but that has diminished.

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@Erinmfs

I have a constant heart rate above 100 bpm, sometimes it's as high as 138, it's usually around 120. I've been getting dizzy walking the track at the ymca, I used to have leg swelling but that has diminished.

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My daughter had a resting heart rate of 140 as a teenager. It was some form of POTS, we think, in retrospect. Do you do any medications? Mine is normal unless I have afib when heart rate goes above 180. I understand!

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Hi Erin, I'm Dana and had a form of tachycardia called VT which is in the lower heart muscles or the ventricles. So the word tachycardia only means elevated heart rate and depending how hi and where it is will determine what the problem is. Typically around 70 bpm in that rage at rest is normal and during exercise can easily get up to 150s so I won't get concerned yet. Now the out of breath is a concern as when you heart speeds up incorrectly, oxygen rich blood is not getting to the needed areas hence why it seems that way. Your heart speeds up to get more oxygen that's needed. So it great your getting it checked out.
Now for things I wish I knew when first diagnosed was options and outcome. But my first thing i would suggest is depending on what the tests show get to the correct specialist. The Heart is so complex that doctors today specialize. The basic areas are what I call plumbing like blocked arteries and veins and those are your general cardiologist
But for heart rhythm issues you see a EP cardiologist the ep is electro physiologist or the electrical parts of your heart and even there they split between upper(afib) or lower VT parts of the heart. So your probably seeing a general cardiologist at the moment and I always had both so don't be concerned in asking about a specialist. And as a Heart Transplant recipient there is one more area of cardiologist who specialize in that area too but hopefully you won't need them anytime soon. I had a flu virus that caused my heart to enlarge which started my issues but had a normal life for over 10 years with treatments. And you may just be experiencing something that most people will experience occasionally Arrhythmias. They are actual normal under things like stress, anxiety and many times go away by themselves. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions? Please let me know what you find out? Talked to you soon
Blessings

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@danab

Hi Erin, I'm Dana and had a form of tachycardia called VT which is in the lower heart muscles or the ventricles. So the word tachycardia only means elevated heart rate and depending how hi and where it is will determine what the problem is. Typically around 70 bpm in that rage at rest is normal and during exercise can easily get up to 150s so I won't get concerned yet. Now the out of breath is a concern as when you heart speeds up incorrectly, oxygen rich blood is not getting to the needed areas hence why it seems that way. Your heart speeds up to get more oxygen that's needed. So it great your getting it checked out.
Now for things I wish I knew when first diagnosed was options and outcome. But my first thing i would suggest is depending on what the tests show get to the correct specialist. The Heart is so complex that doctors today specialize. The basic areas are what I call plumbing like blocked arteries and veins and those are your general cardiologist
But for heart rhythm issues you see a EP cardiologist the ep is electro physiologist or the electrical parts of your heart and even there they split between upper(afib) or lower VT parts of the heart. So your probably seeing a general cardiologist at the moment and I always had both so don't be concerned in asking about a specialist. And as a Heart Transplant recipient there is one more area of cardiologist who specialize in that area too but hopefully you won't need them anytime soon. I had a flu virus that caused my heart to enlarge which started my issues but had a normal life for over 10 years with treatments. And you may just be experiencing something that most people will experience occasionally Arrhythmias. They are actual normal under things like stress, anxiety and many times go away by themselves. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions? Please let me know what you find out? Talked to you soon
Blessings

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I go on Wednesday; I will let you know what they say. What I've been told so far is that my heart was slightly enlarged 5 years ago, and causing leg swelling and now dizziness.

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The echocardiogram came back, and among what it says is that "mild ventricular hypertrophy is visualized" the estimated ejection franction is 50-55%. I looked up hypertrophy, not good. I haven't seen a cardiologist yet.

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@Erinmfs

The echocardiogram came back, and among what it says is that "mild ventricular hypertrophy is visualized" the estimated ejection franction is 50-55%. I looked up hypertrophy, not good. I haven't seen a cardiologist yet.

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That should be reassuring. Your ejection fraction is normal. Mild hypertrophy isn't terrible and you had that 5 years ago, so it is stable. The cardiologist can evaluate for you but until then, just wanted to send reassurance. My mother's heart is VERY enlarged for years and years. Tachycardia is no fun, so sympathies for you.

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@Erinmfs

The echocardiogram came back, and among what it says is that "mild ventricular hypertrophy is visualized" the estimated ejection franction is 50-55%. I looked up hypertrophy, not good. I haven't seen a cardiologist yet.

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Hi Molly, when I was going thru my issues with the enlarged heart the ejection factor(ef) was the key thing we watched. When I was first diagnosed with VT my ef was 5 % when I left the hospital with a new pacemaker just in case. Within a year my ef got up to the 30's which is the borderline of what they call Congestive heart failure or CF very common diagnosis for a weak heart and for most people who have ongoing issues it stays below 30. After 2 years mine got upto the mid 40s I never reached 55 % which for a 60 plus man is considered normal. So that percentage is a measurement of the amount of blood that is pumped per beat . Now again I'm not a doctor but for your heart to pump normal amount of blood tells me the thinking of the walls can't be very much yet. With medication mostly is what got my EF as high as I could with an enlarged heart. I would still see a Cardiologist about it but with what you mentioned I don't see a serious problem based on my own experience. Realize that during that time I was 20-40 % I was still working full time at a very physical job and enjoyed hiking and camping. Some times 4-5 miles. So I'm not familiar with that term hypertrophy but it sounds like based on the 55 % it can't be too bad . I look forward to hearing about you Cardiologist visit. I hope that helps.

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A TV star passed away recently, due to tachycardia, at age 67. I read the news regarding his health, and he had something similar. Perhaps my life expectancy is 67 years? I take atenolol pill daily now, and my heart rae has been below 100 bpm each time it's been measured since I started this med. my echocardiogram said hypertrophy.

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@danab

Hi Erin, I'm Dana and had a form of tachycardia called VT which is in the lower heart muscles or the ventricles. So the word tachycardia only means elevated heart rate and depending how hi and where it is will determine what the problem is. Typically around 70 bpm in that rage at rest is normal and during exercise can easily get up to 150s so I won't get concerned yet. Now the out of breath is a concern as when you heart speeds up incorrectly, oxygen rich blood is not getting to the needed areas hence why it seems that way. Your heart speeds up to get more oxygen that's needed. So it great your getting it checked out.
Now for things I wish I knew when first diagnosed was options and outcome. But my first thing i would suggest is depending on what the tests show get to the correct specialist. The Heart is so complex that doctors today specialize. The basic areas are what I call plumbing like blocked arteries and veins and those are your general cardiologist
But for heart rhythm issues you see a EP cardiologist the ep is electro physiologist or the electrical parts of your heart and even there they split between upper(afib) or lower VT parts of the heart. So your probably seeing a general cardiologist at the moment and I always had both so don't be concerned in asking about a specialist. And as a Heart Transplant recipient there is one more area of cardiologist who specialize in that area too but hopefully you won't need them anytime soon. I had a flu virus that caused my heart to enlarge which started my issues but had a normal life for over 10 years with treatments. And you may just be experiencing something that most people will experience occasionally Arrhythmias. They are actual normal under things like stress, anxiety and many times go away by themselves. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions? Please let me know what you find out? Talked to you soon
Blessings

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This was a very thoughtful, detailed and informative reply.

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