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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
Way back before I was diagnosed with anemia and low ferritin, I was having episodes such as yours. At that time, I did not know what my ferritin was but I do have lab reports showing that my hemoglobin was at 12.0. This is/was considered normal so no one investigated further.

I had already given up all of my walking because I could no longer do it anymore (this, again, was with normal CBC numbers). One night, I had to take my son to a school sponsored event at our local ice rink. It was very crowded and I had to park in the rink's lower lot and walk up a somewhat steep driveway. Really, it didn't look like much. I got to the top and thought I was going to die. I figured "Whew, I'm out of shape" and figured I'd recover from the tachycardia in a few seconds. Nope, this went on for an hour. I was dizzy, weak, felt panicky, and my heart rate stayed elevated.

I went home and went to bed. No way would I go to the ER. I did make an appt. pronto with my GP, who figured it was due to "stress" and my "cosmopolitan lifestyle". No lie, he actually said that. He sent me for an enchocardiogram, which was normal and tried to put me on heart medication (which then gave me an allergic reaction). All this was due to my low ferritin, and subsequent anemia which showed up 6 months later.





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