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Please could someone offer me any advice as to what they might believe might be the cause for my symptoms?

I am female, 31 years old & of thin build.

Last year (may) I was experiencing crushing chest pain & a fast heart rate for approx a week before being rushed into A&E with a heart rate of 180. I was diagnosed with super ventricular tachycardia & placed on beta blockers.

Chest pain continued although I did have echocardiogram scan in June last year which showed everything to be fine. I was also later diagnosed with GERD & anaemia which I believed were the causes to the symptoms I had experienced.

I had no other symptoms until about 2 months ago when my heart once again started to pound in my chest similar to when I was rushed to hospital. I felt faint & my body started to shake (this also happened on the earlier occasion) however it only lasted for close to a minute. The same night my heart started to miss beats on resting & was doing it on what it seemed to have been every 3rd beat.
This continued to be a frequenct occurrence which appeared to come on only whilst resting.

However lately the symptoms are becoming more problematic. I am constantly tired (recently had iron & B12 levels checked which were within the normal range) am suffering with breathlessness with slight activity, feeling dizzy & weak, chests pains and suffer a lot of heart troubles when lying down. I can lie down & my heart will be pounding hard & fast but will return to normal when sitting up or moving about. Or more frequently will be that I will try & sleep but feel breathless, my heart rate appears to get weaker & weaker & I can as though I am slipping away into either sleep or blacking out and what appears to be a few seconds later I will jump up as though my heart has stopped & I'll feel rushes of dizziness. I also still suffer from palpitations, again whilst lying down.

I have been referred to a cardiologist which is in 3 weeks, have had a chest X-ray recently which was clear & had a few ECGs done which recorded nothing due to being sat up.

One of the doctors I have seen (there are about 6 in my GPs surgery) believed it to be anxiety related & placed me on a low dose of anti-depressants (3 weeks ago) of which have had zero effect on me. I do feel worried about my situation as I have recently had to take time off work due to feeling tired, breathless & dizzy and am too weak to do many things. I have also reduced my caffeine intake to one cup of tea in the morning which has helped me too sleep better aside from the nights where I'm unable to sleep due to my heart pounding/palpitating/dizziness. This happens approx 2 times a week.

I'm sorry for the long winded message but any advice you could offer me would be greatly appreciated. I really do feel at my wits end & just want to feel & look normal again. I don't believe that this is anxiety related however I would be willing to explore the possibility if it meant getting better.

Thanks, Alison.
Greetings! Yes, I would stay away from tea, replace tea with water and add a bit more to see if the heart rate slows with more water. A person needs at least 6.25 glasses of water a day or more. I would stay away from coffee, sugar ( a cause of anxiety and also often something people add to tea and coffee with hardly a thought ) soda, chocolate, food addditives, tobacco or any chemicals known to speed up heart rate. Sometimes when people are thin they worry about not eating enough to maintain weight and overstuff themselves. This makes it harder for the body to digest the food and pushes the stomach against the chest cavity and probably makes a person feel the beats of the heart. I would think a full grown adult female about 5 feet two inches tall ( the normal height of the average female) should be about 2 cups of food comfortably at least. A person should feel comfortably full and not overstuffed. Overeating contributes to GERD in my opinion because the overstuffed stomach then allows the acids to come up the esophagus a bit particularly if the digestive valve no longer works correctly.

I would make three meals about 5 hours apart and the last meal several hours before bed, a peice of bread and a peice of fruit. If the last meal is several hours before bed it is less likely to interfere with sleep at night. If napping can be avoided during the day it may help sleep better at night. If time is spent outside sometimes with moderate walking to tolerance the light obtained may assist with better sleep. I would avoid walking during the hours between 10 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon to avoid intense sun. I wish the best with the cardiac specialist visit and of course everyone makes their own healthcare decisions and is in charge of their own health care and what they do for their body. Peace, sjb :)

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