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heart palpitations

(39 Posts)
babyjane67 Tue 15-Oct-13 13:06:20

Hi all
Im46&have been having these every day,more than once aday,for the past7days!
ive had them before about7yrs ago&i had a24hr ecg which i had to wear whereihad to press a button eachtome it happend
They said all was normal&put it down to stress as i was workkng in a cafe/bakery at the time&walking to work
It went away after a while&ionly felt itevery so often
But now these last few days its come back with a vemgeamce&with it i get an aching/pain&a feeljng of pressure on my chest
Ive recently been diagnosed with ostroartritis which i have to have physio i have ibs&am having investigations done for bleeding in between periods
I MAY be perimenopausal!
Should i go bk to gp?ive never seen them so much in my life!
Also today ive been out shopping&just before i came home i had a really bad pain in my left arm lasted bout5min or so then went but made me feel bit odd
Imhome now&palpitations are there again but not aa bad

erilou38 Tue 15-Oct-13 14:14:17

Most definately perimenopausal! I'm 38 and perimenopausal, so you being 46, you most certainly are. I suffer from palpitations too, mostly at night. A couple of weeks ago i had a very bad attack of palpitations, my heart felt as if it would burst out of my chest! I was so scared that i called an ambulance! You mention the bleeding between periods, that sounds very much like a menopausal symptom. I have irregular periods too. Go back to your doctor and ask for some hormone blood tests. These will tell you if you have entered perimenopause. Good luck

hellymelly Tue 15-Oct-13 14:18:11

Perimenopause quite possible. I am 49 and have had palps (and sometimes ectopic beats) for years. Mine were worse until my underactive thyroid was picked up and treated. Doc said you get them when Hyper not Hypo thyroid but certainly with me there is a link, so get your thyroid checked too.

babyjane67 Tue 15-Oct-13 14:56:36

Erilou iasked gp to do blood tests when these imvestigtions started but she doesnt think itll be necessary!ive also heard from other ppl that theyre notreliable for perimeno as yr hormone level can change throughout the day
Hellymelly i did have thyroid chkd along with vitamin&mineral levels last yr/yr before&all was normal!

digerd Tue 15-Oct-13 17:53:18

Yes that is true, as I had an overactive Thyroid and terrible palpitations. On treatment I went underactive but never had them then. But some people do not conform to the standard symptoms.
And yes, to a woman's hormones changing during the day and days.

DD Had an early perimenopause, and they tested her FSH which was too high - struggling to ovulate, however, her oestragen was normal. Not long afterwards her next test showed a reduced oestragen and she was having hot flushes at night and during the day.
FSH is the Folicular Stimulating Hormone. You could have that tested.

babyjane67 Tue 15-Oct-13 18:30:18

Digerd thanks maybe will ask for that then
I dont have any. 'Normal'meno symptoms such as hot flushes etc just the bleeding in between periods which
Doesnt happen every month
My periods are still regular
Did any of you get the discomfort/pain with the palpitations&pressure feeling?

babyjane67 Tue 15-Oct-13 18:34:00

Digerd thanks maybe will ask for that then
I dont have any. 'Normal'meno symptoms such as hot flushes etc just the bleeding in between periods which
Doesnt happen every month
My periods are still regular
Did any of you get the discomfort/pain with the palpitations&pressure feeling?

larrygrylls Tue 15-Oct-13 18:58:30


I think most are missing the point here. Irregular heart beat plus pain and pressure could be symptoms of heart attack, get it checked out as a matter of urgency. Personally, I would favour A&E, but if that is too dramatic for you, then get an urgent appointment with your GP.

digerd Tue 15-Oct-13 19:42:50

Missed the pain and pressure in your chest, although it could be wind.
I think NHS Direct would advise A&E to be on the safe side.

larrygrylls Tue 15-Oct-13 19:53:48


It also could be a panic attack but better a 9 lead ECG and maybe an echo to confirm, rather than the collective mn wisdom at a distance ( excellent though it is)!

CakeInMyFace Tue 15-Oct-13 21:44:33

I'm only 36 and have had ectopics and skipped beats for years. Finally had an echo just this weekend. I will say they have never been accompanied by any pain or shortness of breath although my cardiologist has said it is possible to feel pain with them. In my case they are totally benign and 99% of the time they are.

However whenever they become more frequent or change they should always be investigated and like others have said get thee to a doctor asap. I've ended up in a&e in the past and they would rather see you than not.I would head over now if you are still experiencing pain.

babyjane67 Wed 16-Oct-13 09:47:57

Thankyou all for yr replies
Ive had a couple of very light ones this morn but thats it&am actually feeling quite good at mo!
ive walked up to school&got lift back
The pain/discomfort comes with the palitations&discomfort/heavy feeling stays wiyh me for a while after then goes
i also had upper back/shoulder ache on left side yest for a while which again went eventually.I have none of this in between times really
Ive got2happy family days planned today&tomorow when alot of us are gathering for my eldest dds
So havent done anything about it yet&dont want to spoil these plans
I know it sounds stupid

CakeInMyFace Thu 17-Oct-13 13:39:00

babyjane I would really get to a gp as soon as you can. While the pain and discomfort in your upper back could likely be tension and stress, it can also be related to the heart. It's likely nothing but if I were you I still would not delay so long before getting checked out.

babyjane67 Fri 18-Oct-13 16:01:16

Ive managed to get an app to see my usual gp on tues morn so will let you know what happens

hellymelly Sat 19-Oct-13 11:29:15

op. Hope it is all ok on Tuesday, good luck!

babyjane67 Tue 22-Oct-13 18:19:04

Hi all
Well ive been to the gp today.
She took my bp which was normal&listened to myheart which had normal sounds
She asked me to make anothet app for blood tests chking thyroid,electrolites etc&for an ecg which is2wks today
She said if that shows nothing then gotta have24hr ecg
She also said that if in the meantime i get it again with chest pain lasting20mins like happened the other night ive gotta go straight to a&e for emergency ecg!
She said you cant ignore chest pain!
So thats as far as weve git so far

babyjane67 Wed 23-Oct-13 08:01:59


babyjane67 Thu 24-Oct-13 07:06:39

Bumping again for hellymelly&cake in my face

sashh Thu 24-Oct-13 10:12:30


Mine does that, I got SVT before my thyroid was diagnosed as under active and if my dose is too low I get SVT. But I'm 'that patient' my psoriasis gets worse in the sun not better, and I get it on the internal joint surfaces not the external.

babyjane67 Thu 24-Oct-13 11:24:47

Sassh whats svt?

hellymelly Thu 24-Oct-13 11:28:37

Yes sashh, I can tell if my thyroid function is dipping as my palpitations get worse.

babyjane67 Tue 05-Nov-13 14:12:52

Hi all
Had my bloods taken today which ive gotta fone thurs for results of
Also had ecg done which nurse said was normal but my rhythum was slightly out.think she called it an arythmia though not entirely sure!lol
Couldnt see gp as shes out but shes put onmy notes that shes already referred me to cardiologist which is prob for the24hr ecg
Of course the plpitations didnt happen while ecg was being done!typical!
I told her i did have a bad day yest with them.had them on&off all day&for solid hr continuouslywhich made me feel bit weird
I didnt go to a&e though as dp at work,dd at school&no way of getting there
She told me off a bit as my gp has put it on my notea to go to a&e when it gets like that!
Its difficult though

hellymelly Tue 05-Nov-13 16:19:48

Keep us posted. I've had the 48 hr trace thing. Was meant to have one for 7 days but I reacted badly to the sticky pads so couldn't continue.

babyjane67 Tue 05-Nov-13 17:13:46

Will do hellymelly
So what happened if you couldnt do the test?

hellymelly Tue 05-Nov-13 17:32:08

Well they felt that they probably had enough info from the 48 hrs. But there was no alternative anyway, as I came up in large red swollen itchy rings where the pads were stuck, even though I moved them about a bit.

babyjane67 Tue 05-Nov-13 19:12:04

Nice not!
So they put it down to thyroid with you?
The nurse told me she'd had palps in the past&hers was anaemia
When they did the tests apparently they asked how she was still standing!

hellymelly Tue 05-Nov-13 19:35:26

Well with me they weren't sure, but certainly there is a thyroid connection, as when my levels are low my palps are worse. I also get them with caffeine, annoyingly.

babyjane67 Thu 07-Nov-13 10:04:28

Well ive had blood test results today&all normal!
Cholesterol is3.4which is good apparently&im very surprised at that considering how much choc&crap i eat!lol
So its not thyroid,anaemia etc
Ive also had my app through for24hr ecg which is on22nd november
So we see what happens with that!

babyjane67 Sat 09-Nov-13 08:08:02

Well i emded up in a&e yest afternoon!
Had3bad bouts of papls.the one i went in wiyh had gone on for over an hr making me feel bit weird
It lasted over2hrs as it went on in hosp
Had the heavy aching in centre of my chest&bit of pain in left arm
Pin&needles in left hand
Slight breathlessness
Ecg was normal though&so were blood tests(when they eventually came back!)
They gave me pain killers
Theyre saying at this point its ectopic beats or ventricular something.i cant remember what he called it!
Though dr also did say it coild be angina
I haveto stay under gp for the invwstigations like the24hr ecg &see what they come up with

purplewithred Sat 09-Nov-13 08:32:10

Good grief, I've only just read this thread. While there are lots of possible explanations for your symptoms many would raise some suspicions of a heart problems including heart attack and are most certainly not to be ignored. In fact if you'd called NHS Direct or 111 while they were happening they'd have send round an ambulance on blue lights.

Heavy ache/feeling of pressure in the chest/left arm plus some difficulty in breathing = dial 999.

Very glad it turns out not to be that and you are getting treatment, but please, if you do get the symptoms again and they don't pass off very quickly either get yourself to an A&E or just dial 999.

Littlefish Sat 09-Nov-13 09:06:56

Google superventricular tachaecardia (SVT). This may be what they're referring to. I had it badly from the age of 15 to 28 when I eventually had a treatment called radio wave ablation where they use radio waves to burn away the extra nerve circuit which is causing the tachaecardia. It was miraculous! I went from having several episodes a day, to absolutely none! The treatment changed my life.

babyjane67 Sat 09-Nov-13 09:58:47

Purplewithred a&e dr said to stay under gp&have all the tests done
He said the chest pain may be stress but have to see what the investigations come up with
None of the palps sjowed up on was normal evwm though i felt them!
Littlefish did yr prob show up on ecg or did you have to have other tests which showed it?
My eldest dd whos27had lots of probs after having a traumatic birth
She had7ecgs&all were normal but it was the ecjcardiogram that showed up the tachycrdia she has
Shes been on betablockers ever since!
We do have a history of heart probs in our family

Littlefish Sat 09-Nov-13 10:19:04

It's so long ago, I can't remember if they showed up on ECG or not. However, I was really lucky and had the start of an episode as I was walking out of the consultant's office after my first appointment. He could see that I was completely calm and that it had started from no-where. Until that point, the GP kept telling me it was panic attacks which I knew wasn't right.

babyjane67 Sat 09-Nov-13 11:42:12

Thats like me!
Mine can start at any time whether im sat down or getting dd ready for school&are outa the blue!
Thats what i told dr yest

babyjane67 Sat 09-Nov-13 11:49:06

I can also have several episodes a day!
Its been happening on&off since i got up this morn!
I can also have days where i dont get themuch at all but theyre starting to get less&less!

Marjie3 Sat 09-Nov-13 21:59:08

Magnesium deficiency?

babyjane67 Sun 10-Nov-13 08:06:34

Marjie3 no ive had all blood tests done&all are normal
So no deficiencies

babyjane67 Fri 22-Nov-13 18:51:03

Hi all
Well ive got the24hr ecg on
Gotta take it back tomorrow pm
Have had a couple of palps so far
Have to wait&see what it says!

Littlefish Fri 22-Nov-13 22:06:15

I hope you get lots more palpatations on the tape!

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