Covid-related rapid heart rate??? Posting for a friend.
I'm posting this for a friend who's been dealing with an intermittent rapid heart rate for about a month now. Like many dealing with this, he's dealing with some anxiety and reading what other people are going through could cause more anxiety, so I'm posting this for him and filtering out the feedback. He's had COVID at least once (so bad that he had to get convalescent plasma). This was approx. a year ago.
Here are the details:
He's 53 years old, non-smoker, non-drinker. This all started around mid-September. The only time his heart rate has been over 100 is when he went to the ER (twice now in the past month). Most of the time it's mid-80s. He has intermittent fatigue. He can be good one day then drained the next. He thinks he does have some brain fog and can't concentrate some times. Before all this started, he was walking a mile a day on a treadmill with no breathing issues.
This started out of the blue. One morning he woke up, opened his eyes (while still in bed) and felt dizzy and light headed. That same day he lost his appetite. The next day felt a little out of breath just walking around and noticed his heart going a little faster than usual.
The day after that he walked three blocks and felt winded and felt weak in the knees. His heart was racing. Many times since then, he can be getting up from a chair and his heart will begin racing. For the past four weeks he's had intermittent episodes of his heart racing while at rest or just standing up. Most of the time his BP is good.
From what I've read on this forum this seems pretty typical. I've read many people they say they've had these symptoms for months or 2-3 years. Some say they've gotten relief from Metoprolol, Amantadine, or adding magnesium supplements to their diet.
Is there anything else he can try at this point? He just went to the ER tonight because his heart rate shot up to 114 and his BP was high (161/94). He's OK at the moment, but it's quite unnerving dealing with this (for everyone).