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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2007 7:32 am GMT +0000    Post subject: Palpitations Reply with quote

I'm having frequent dizzy spells, more like a shot of adrenaline shooting thru my chest and head. Would heart paplitations cause the dizzy spells?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 1:09 pm GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote

to help better define symptoms:

1) what are any precipitating factors/ when does it happen? during exercise? riding?

2) how long has this been going on? how long does it last?

3) what makes it go away? rest? medication? does it?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 2:28 pm GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote

It mostly happens at rest, not complete rest. Sitting doing mostly nothing. It doesn't happen if I focus on something, Or while working out.

I did a ride and run on Sat and it didn't happen during, but really hit me hard on the way home. Today, I did weights and spin bike for 45 mins high intenisty, however it was doing it before and after, but not during. I'll be standing and talking then all of the sudden I feel a flutter and sudden dizzy spell. I can also be sitting when it happens as well. I was thinking of more low blood sugar but eating doesn't seem to help, I was thinking of inner ear, but no pain or discomfort. My only reason to think its heart palpitations is that I am now feeling a hard beat, or I can hear it in my ear. Most of the symptoms last for about 1 second and some last a few seconds. I've tried to check my pulse but it won't do it then. I've had an ekg about a year ago, no issues then.

Its been happening since a week ago past Thrusday. I have almost taken myself to the hospital but then I don't for some reason. I've talked myself out of a doc appointment because I can't determine when or how often, most likely it won't happen in the office hooked up to some machine.
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2007 5:46 pm GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't let the thought that the episode won't happen while you're in the doc's office keep you from going in & getting checked out. They can always do a 24 or 48 hour Holter Monitor where they hook up a beeper-sized device that records your heart activity constantly. The only discomfort that I had was some minor itching from the sticky pads for the leads & dealing with the cords while sleeping.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 7:37 am GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote

what is your caffeine intake like? also, look into having your adrenal function tested.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 8:14 am GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote

Only caffiene is morning regular Maxwell cup to cup 1/2. I'm very sensitive to caffiene, I won't sleep.

I'm not on any suppliments,
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2007 2:33 pm GMT +0000    Post subject: Reply with quote

La Rana:

My appologies for the delay in response, I have been on the inpatient service and have been burried in work and off line for the last week. If you are having palpitations, have an evaluation by your doctor. You may require a 24 hour Holter monitor or an event monitor to capture the episodes of palpitations. A 24 hour Holter is a small recording device you wear for 24-48 hours continuously and it records your heart rate. If the palpitations occur during the time you are monitored, the Cardiologist (heart specialist) can often determin whether or not it is heart related. If the palpitations are infrequent (not occurring in a 24 or 48 hour period) then an event monitor is in order. This is a mini EKG monitor that you attach to yourself and connect to a phone to record the "event". If you doctor is not comfortable with the work-up of your palpitations get a referral to a Cardiologist.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 26, 2007 11:08 am GMT +0000    Post subject: Hmmm..... Reply with quote

Don't worry about whether an episode will happen in a doctor's office; worry about whether it will happen when you are driving, especially if you have kids in the car. Worry about whether you want it checked out in an ER or in a doctor's office. For those of us sharing a road with you, please get it checked out ASAP.
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