Long shot... anyone with history of Heart Condition?

    Looking to see if anyone else has experienced what I have been experiencing for some time...

    Before anyone looks into this and thinks of the old 'Go to a Doctor, not a Forum', I am in consultation and tests with a Cardiologist. This is just to see what other people may have experienced.

    If you're not interested, don't bother reading on...


    Back Story: I have suffered with Palpitations since I was 18 (now 30). It was sporadic in the beginning and didn't happen often, maybe until the age of 24 or 25, which is when it started becoming more regular.

    Went to the Docs, got referred. Wore a 24hr Heart Monitor and was told after this that something was caught on the Monitor, but it was not significant. Being a bit naive, I took that and left it at that (with not having many re-occurances).

    5 Years on, it's come back with a vengeance. I get Palpitations on a very regular basis. Back to the Docs and they referred me back to Cardiology.

    I was told that they caught something which was significant on my first monitor. My heart rate whilst resting would go to 120+ bpm and when I was sleeping, it went down to 37 bpm.

    Long and short of it, this may be Sick Sinus Syndrome (an issue with the natural Pacemaker of the heart).

    I've had another 24 hour monitor and will be getting the results on 25th Jan, so we'll see what that caught.


    Now, what I'm wondering is if anyone has had a similar issue and what symptoms they experienced.

    The palpitations this time around are different, as I also have a strange 'fluttering' feeling in my chest, which is constantly there even if the palpitations are not.

    Anyone else had this? If so, what did you do to lessen the effects?



    interesting, i cant really give you any advise, but I get the odd flutter now & again but have done for years, but could go a year & not have any, but to be honest not really had it looked into.

    But i was reading this article on Bill Beaumont ex rugby player, not sure if you have heard of him.


    My uncle had simular; turned out to be atrial fibrillation aka irregular heartbeat

    Original Poster

    Cheers for that

    I had looked into AFIB before, which I suppose it could be, but no ECG has ever shown this... not yet anyways...


    Hope you feel better soon.

    I only get palpitations if I am anxious, thankfully.

    i guess its hard for the heart monitor to pick up anything if your only wearing it for 24 hours, im sure with me if it ever came to it i'd have to wear one 24/7 as its not frequent enough to happen in only 24 hours.

    all the best & I hope you get things sorted :thumbsup:

    I can totally sympathise with how you must be feeling as I have suffered from palpitations since I was about 18, I'm 28 now. Although this has not gone on continuously, I have had a few years with nothing, then they come back with a vengeance. I have had 2 ECG's and a 24 hour monitor which showed up nothing, so the doctor's suspect it's just anxiety that causes mine. My mum however has Atrial fibrillation but was only discovered when she was 44 after years of her suffering from palpitations. The fluttering feeling in the chest is horrible also. It's such a hard thing to describe to someone who has never experienced it. I still get frightened when I'm having them and I've been suffering on and off for years. I wish you all the very best, I really hope they get to the bottom of what's going on. Good luck x

    I have a bit of history with these things....................
    I have had high blood pressure since I was in my late 20's, a family trait unfortunately! However 2 years ago I developed a "lumpy" heartbeat, these things never show when you are at the doctors and it took some convincing to get a referral. First I had an ECG, which showed an elongated spike, a symptom that the heart was working harder than it should. As this was still inconclusive I was referred for more detailed tests, this included scans of the heart whilst resting and then whilst stressed. This showed a slight thickening of the heart wall, nothing too bad. Once again I was referred for more testing, this time it was for a full internal heart scan, the one where they feed a camera in through the femural artery. This showed that I have plenty of additional thread arteries that I shouldn't have. Whilst this highlighted why I had some other symptoms it didn't show why I had what was now being called an ectopic heartbeat,. What they did give me was plenty of tablets and a little peace of mind, it didn't solve the "lumpy" heartbeat but with all of the tests, I now know that my heart and arteries are in pretty good shape!
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