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Well, the "anemic me" agrees completely with your presumption that your iron levels are causing your tachycardia. I had the very same thing happen to me in February when I was at my lowest iron levels and had an episode of tachycardia in a parking garage after walking up a few flights of stairs and had to call an ambulance.

The "anxious me" who herself is prone to anxiety thinks it could be anxiety. The knowledge that I was pretty ill with anemia by itself caused anxiety and I knew it would probably not be smart to walk up 7 flights of stairs. Maybe I even caused it subliminally.

But reading that so many people here on this board have experienced tachycardia with very low ferritin counts made me feel a bit vindicated. My doctor was dismissive to me when I told her I felt it was my low ferritin. She just stared at me. Deep, deep down I do think what I experienced was caused by low ferritin and I think you know the difference between your own usual anxiety/palpitations and what you experienced today.

I am wearing a King of Hearts Monitor right now because I am experiencing a bout of extrasystoles (arrhythmia) and what I felt in the parking garage was NOTHING like what I am having now, which is more like a fluttering bird in my chest. It's random and it's quickly over. What I had in the parking garage was a heartbeat SO FAST and constant that I thought I was going to die up there on the 7th floor.

I don't know if you are open to alternative treatments, but acupuncture really helped get rid of the adrenalin bursts/panic attacks when I was first diagnosed with anemia. My panic attacks would knock me awake as I was trying to falling asleep at night. Very upsetting! It took a couple of treatments and on the night of the treatments I would usually have an episode, but it did stop and I am much more relaxed at night.

I hope you don't become afraid to walk. Walking on flat short walks really helped me as I was going through this and gentle oxygenating walks are good for you. Also, make sure you are not a shallow chest-breather. I had to learn how to take deeper belly breaths, because I suspected that I was hyperventilating at times without knowing. It's very common in women. There are DVDs and podcasts that help with relaxation and breathing.

Hope you feel better soon, Trixibel
Trixibel--I'm glad that you went to the doctor when this happened. It helps to DX what is happening instead of calming down and never knowing what actually occurred. IMO, I would think that this would not happen with a ~low ferritin~ only. Not to the degree that happened to you. But.....I can tell you that something would happened to me all the time when my numbers were the same as yours. Stress, anxiety any of those factors can set off what happened to you. And then when the panic sets in, this is when it become worse.

I was unable to exercise at the 11 range of Hgb. Now I know that my body runs around a 14 Hgb. When I went to the hospital with Tachy, they looked at me like I was from another planet, and said all test were normal, but my RBC's were very small and they did not provide the oxygen that was necessary. This would happen not only from exertion, and panic, but every time I ate a meal. I was scared to move at that time. They wanted to put me on Toperol for the high pulse temporarily until the anemia was resolved. I tried it for 30 days, but it hurt my stomach so I discontinued it. I think that SVT is different than Tachy. My heart rate was 133 when this happened to me. My husband had a SVT event and his heart rate was around 200'ish. We don't have a reason for his, but it never happened again and was controlled with BP meds. Do you know what your pulse rate was? I don't think that either case is anything to worry about because It's probably due to the anemia. I would have all the tests run and see that everything comes back normal. Many of us go through this. Panic can cause any type of event to happen when it comes to the heart. Even chemicals can cause this such as too much caffeine, meds and substances unknown. All of my issues such as these resolved after my Hgb levels went to the normal OPTIMAL range. I have no heart related issues that I know of. I have only suffered with ~fatigue~ after exercise with a low ferritin, this is the big symptom. We have to be careful what we blame on the ferritin, although it's a major culprit. You will feel better after the tests are performed and results are in. That is the only thing that gave me peace of mind to get through this. I hate that the doctors don't explain this to us. I had one good internist that finally did. He said, because he is a good doctor, that I should be on BP meds temporarily until the anemia is resolved. Keep us posted and best of luck to you. FLFLOWERGIRL:)





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