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Friday, December 26, 2008 Jessica, Community Member, asks

Q: I'm a 21 year old female with low to normal bp but a high pulse rate that started this month....

Around December 7th I noticed that my heart rate was much higher than normal and I was having shortness of breath. Normal heart rate for me is around 60 and it is now 80-100 sometimes higher. It also felt like it was out of rythum. It does this for days at a time and lets up only about a day or two but will only go down to about 75. Lately I am having trouble falling to sleep, my heart rate will be high and then it when I am about to fall asleep it feels like it is squeezed a little and then stops and it makes me immediately wake up and draw a deep breath. I have never had this happen before and I assumed it was a panick attack because on Dec 2nd my mom had a heart attack at 41! My grandmother(my moms mom) was put into the hospital a few days later and has since died. Heart problems run all thru my moms side of the fam. I have been stressed but I haven't been panicking or too emotional. I am wondering if I should go get an ekg. I know it would be smart but I do not have insurance. When I get married in a few months I will be put on his insurance. I am afraid to find something wrong and insurance wont cover it being pre existing. Other than stressing out which I tend to do alot, I don't smoke, drink, do drugs, and I am not sexually active if any of this helps. I take asprin and ibuprofen occasionally. Could all of this be just stress related? If it is a panick attack when should it stop??

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alexia94281, Community Member
9/ 1/09 9:09pm

To answer your question about insurance.  It is not considered "preexisting" unless you have a documented history of the stated problem.  I am sure you are on your husband's insurance by now, so please get checked out sooner rather than later.  DO NOT WAIT!!!

tracidarling, Community Member
6/ 8/09 3:47pm

Sounds pretty similar to my situation... I have panic attacks all the time.. shortness of breath.. chest pains.. light headedness... out of no where... i never feel or am thinking about stress or stressful things.. it just happens... i went to get an EKG and had other tests done because i also thought i had a heart problem... it's worth it to relieve the thought of it.. but if you don't have insurance.. you may want to wait, it's hundreds of dollars. none of the tests found anything and my doctor just put me on anti-anxiety meds.. it worked.. but i'd rather not be on pills... also.. proper diet and light excercise will help with the situation... try to avoid caffeine... get plenty of sleep and keep yourself busy... seems to work for me...

Jessica, Community Member
6/ 9/09 12:56pm

Well, I still don't know if it was a panick attack. It's been about 6 months now. I did eventually go to the doctor and found out that I had hyperthyroidism, but a very small case of it. I decided not to take meds. I haven't had any problems in the last few months thankfully :) I think it was a combination of stress and possibly the thyroid problem. The doctor did sugesst that I get an EKG and a few other tests done and I decided to wait unil I got insurance which I now have, thanks to my husband. I just got married last month! Oh, the only caffeine that I drink is in tea, I am very healthy and I stay as busy as possible, always :) I rarely get sick, I don't have any allergies, don't take meds, so when anything out of the ordinary happens to me, I get curious and I like to know what's going on. Thanks for your advice! 

alexia94281, Community Member
9/ 1/09 9:07pm

If you have not done so, I would get into see a Cardiologist ASAP!  It sounds like you might be in atrial filbrilation.  Yes you need an EKG and an Echocardiogram pronto!  Insist that your doctor order both because while the EKG can check for rhythm distubances, the echocardiogram can check for blockages and other important heart functions.

kemo, Community Member
4/ 8/11 7:14am

my b/p slips down to 99/65 heart beat up to 100 and more and it seems im gassping for air sometimes, please help

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By Jessica, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/08/11, First Published: 12/26/08