Migraine w/ aura, heart palpitations

LouisianaTodd Community Member July 11, 2009
  • I got my first migraine in 2001 at age 31 right about the same time I developed persistent heart palpitations, or fluttering. My cardiologist ran some tests, couldn't find anything wrong, said it was probably mitral valve prolapse, and put me on Atenolol. My aura includes loss of vision, appearance of flashing, colorful broken glass and numbness on one side of my body. I've had about 20 migraines since that time, and every one scares the heck out of me. I tried Imitrex, Maxalt and Relpax, and none did anything for me. About three years ago, I discovered that Frova greatly limited the pain, even though it still left me with the other side issues of the migraine. Since migraine does not run in my family and I was completely headache-free throughout my childhood and young adult years, I'm obviously concerned about a misdiagnosis. Anybody got any ideas out there?

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  • Nancy Harris Bonk
    Health Guide
    Jul. 11, 2009

    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

     

    I'm so glad you've found us. Let's see what we can do to help you out. The first thing that comes to my mind is that if a doctor said to me it "probably" is mitral valve prolapse, I would run and find another doctor would could give me a definitive and accurate diagnosis. And...

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    Hello, and welcome to MyMigraineConnection.com!

     

    I'm so glad you've found us. Let's see what we can do to help you out. The first thing that comes to my mind is that if a doctor said to me it "probably" is mitral valve prolapse, I would run and find another doctor would could give me a definitive and accurate diagnosis. And if your doctor isn't able to help you, it may well be time to consult a Migraine and headache specialist. It's important to note that neurologists aren't necessarily Migraine and headache specialists. Take a look at the article Migraine and Headache Specialists - What's So Special? If you need help finding a Migraine specialist, check our listing of Patient Recommended Migraine and Headache Specialists.

     

    Migraine is thought to be a genetic neurological disease caused by overactive neurons in our brains and genetics. Somewhere, someone in your family you may not be aware of may have had headahces, or "sick" headaches that put them in bed for days. These may have been Migraines. 

     

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  • Anonymous
    hannah
    Nov. 16, 2010

    That is EXACTLY what's happening to me at the moment... I'm 29 and also never had any head aches or heart problems.. I had my first migraine 3 weeks ago, aura, loss of left visual field, some numbness, etc. and had another episodes 10 days later. Having palpitations almost daily without any obvious trigger. GP reckons it's just stress.. ?? any ideas?

    • LouisianaTodd
      Nov. 16, 2010

      Hannah,

       

      I've not gotten anywhere in my quest to figure out the cause of my symptoms or what can be done about them. I got my first migraine nine years ago, and have averaged four to six per year since then until April/May of this year, when I got seven in two weeks. My neurologist put me on citalopram, and I haven't had a migraine since. The palpitations,...

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      Hannah,

       

      I've not gotten anywhere in my quest to figure out the cause of my symptoms or what can be done about them. I got my first migraine nine years ago, and have averaged four to six per year since then until April/May of this year, when I got seven in two weeks. My neurologist put me on citalopram, and I haven't had a migraine since. The palpitations, however, continue. The migraines are debilitating, but I can live with the palpitations.

       

      I know the two are linked, but I've not been able to find much research on how they're linked. Good luck. Let me know if you discover anything.

    • Anonymous
      hannah
      Nov. 16, 2010

      Hi, thanks for your reply!

      So, sounds like might I have quite a bit ahead of me... All I know is that beta blockers - which is a heart medication- are supposed to have preventative effect on migraines.. Also, people who experience migraines are more likely to suffer a heart attack. - So, there's definitely some link between heart and head symptoms..

      I almost...

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      Hi, thanks for your reply!

      So, sounds like might I have quite a bit ahead of me... All I know is that beta blockers - which is a heart medication- are supposed to have preventative effect on migraines.. Also, people who experience migraines are more likely to suffer a heart attack. - So, there's definitely some link between heart and head symptoms..

      I almost lost my job today because I got palpitations and chest pain and dizziness at work and had to sit/lie down for an hour.. My boss wasn't happy, especially because I can't tell him what exactly the problem is..

      My GP reckons it's stress but I somehow doubt it.. Did you find any correlation between your attacks and stress? Did you identify any particular trigger for your symptoms? Did your doctor ever investigate further into the mitral valve theory? Do you also get chest pain and dizziness with your palpitations?

      Sorry about all the questions, I just don't know anyone else who knows what this is like...

    • LouisianaTodd
      Nov. 17, 2010

      I have not noticed a link between stress and either the migraines or the palpitations. I also have been unsuccessful in determining what my migraine triggers are, although in the last six months I've cut MSG and most nitrites and nitrates out of my diet.

       

      My cardiologist attributed the palpitations to mitral valve prolapse in 2006, and put me on atenolol,...

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      I have not noticed a link between stress and either the migraines or the palpitations. I also have been unsuccessful in determining what my migraine triggers are, although in the last six months I've cut MSG and most nitrites and nitrates out of my diet.

       

      My cardiologist attributed the palpitations to mitral valve prolapse in 2006, and put me on atenolol, which is a beta blocker. It helped to a degree, but has certainly not cured me. I have found that regular exercise reduces the severity and frequency of the palpitations. I do get pain and shortness of breath with the palpitations as well as a sensation of a tremendous void in my chest.

       

      I'm sorry to hear about your struggles, and I sincerely hope everything works out well for you at your job. People may think you're crazy, but I know you're not.

    • lynchic
      Nov. 17, 2010

      Louisiana.. have you had an echocardiogram to confirm mitral valve prolapse?  That's a big diagnosis so you need to be absolutely sure that's what you have.  There are other types of palpatations which are annoying but benign.  I get SVT or supra ventricular tachycardia (think I said that right) where I get sudden palpatations but there is no...

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      Louisiana.. have you had an echocardiogram to confirm mitral valve prolapse?  That's a big diagnosis so you need to be absolutely sure that's what you have.  There are other types of palpatations which are annoying but benign.  I get SVT or supra ventricular tachycardia (think I said that right) where I get sudden palpatations but there is no negative medical concerns for it (unless it goes on for a long period of time).  I do not get them with my migraines though.  I do know that if a certain nerve is stimulated, it can trigger the palpatations.  For instance for me I get the palpatations when I'm having a bad run with my GERD.  Something about the spasm in the stomach/esophagus trigger that hits the nerve and causes it.  Could be that the migraines are doing something similar for you?? 

    • LouisianaTodd
      Nov. 17, 2010

      Interesting, lynchic, thanks for the info. I have had an electrocardiagram as well a stress test and ultrasound and have worn a halter monitor for 24 hours on three separate occasions. The mitral valve was never observed to be prolapsing, but my symptoms fit the diagnosis.

    • Anonymous
      Rockfeet
      Dec. 22, 2010

      Hey guys, I've had migraines with auras since I was 20 years old. I am now 39 and have been experiencing a fluttering in my heart for about two weeks (approximately 30 per day). I have noticed that my heart skips a beat during this fluttering. I went to my GP and he gave me an EKG and said nothing is wrong, but to be on the safe side he referred me to a cardiologist....

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      Hey guys, I've had migraines with auras since I was 20 years old. I am now 39 and have been experiencing a fluttering in my heart for about two weeks (approximately 30 per day). I have noticed that my heart skips a beat during this fluttering. I went to my GP and he gave me an EKG and said nothing is wrong, but to be on the safe side he referred me to a cardiologist. After running some test and listening to my heart, he assured me that nothing is wrong and that the palpataions would probably go away on their own. He has me wearing a 24 hour heart monitor, and I am scheduled to go in for a echocardiogram next week.

       

      I have been taking 10 milligrams of Ziac, once per day, for about 5 years not for high blood pressure. I haven't received the results of the blood work yet, but am concerned that my potassium may be low. I recently lost about 25 pounds by excersise and dieting (from 180lbs to 155lbs). Seems like I have stressed my body out somehow, any suggestions?

       

      I can live with my migraines, since I have tried everything to prevent them, including meds, diet, and excersise. But now I am experiencing the heart palpatations. I find it strange that y'all are experiencing the same.

    • Melba
      Jun. 06, 2011

      My 11 year old daughter has these palpitations and on occassion she gets a headache.  Perhaps a migraine according to the doctor.  They are short lived (10 to 20 seconds) and happen very hap hazzard.  None for weeks or months then several a month for several months.  Pediatric cardiologist did give a possible diagonosis of SVT but she has...

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      My 11 year old daughter has these palpitations and on occassion she gets a headache.  Perhaps a migraine according to the doctor.  They are short lived (10 to 20 seconds) and happen very hap hazzard.  None for weeks or months then several a month for several months.  Pediatric cardiologist did give a possible diagonosis of SVT but she has worn  3 monitors, one for 24 hours, one for 48 and a kings heart monitor which she worn for 7 days.  It is a monitor that you push a button to record the palpitations.  Records 30 seconds before and 30 seconds after the button is pushed.  She had an episode the day before she got it and 2 days after...............none during wearing it.  Who da thunk that!!!!  So no recording of the palpitations and have done EKG etc and nothing.  Now doctor thinks it is because of the migranes.  They dont really know so far.

    • WMcMasters
      Feb. 10, 2011

      Hannah,

       

      You story is almost exactly like mine. Had Migraine with aura (no headache), everyday at almost the same time for like a week. Then a week or two where I was fine, now PACs.

       

      I had an ecg and the computer stated "Inferior Infarct age undetermined" my PCP said he did not believe it because I was in such great shape... except for the PACs....

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      Hannah,

       

      You story is almost exactly like mine. Had Migraine with aura (no headache), everyday at almost the same time for like a week. Then a week or two where I was fine, now PACs.

       

      I had an ecg and the computer stated "Inferior Infarct age undetermined" my PCP said he did not believe it because I was in such great shape... except for the PACs. Now I have to wait until Monday to see a cardiologist.

       

       Did the PACs go away? Have you found out what the cause is, since your post?

    • hannah
      Feb. 10, 2011

      Sorry,but what is PACs...?

      I never found out what exactlyt caused the migraines & palpitations. My GP put it down to stress and I have not had any more migraines since he put me on anti-depressants. Strangely those are apparently used against migraines. The paplitations he put down to stress causing anxiety, that's been better too recently, with a little...

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      Sorry,but what is PACs...?

      I never found out what exactlyt caused the migraines & palpitations. My GP put it down to stress and I have not had any more migraines since he put me on anti-depressants. Strangely those are apparently used against migraines. The paplitations he put down to stress causing anxiety, that's been better too recently, with a little help of oxazepam.. Talked to a friend of mine, he said he also had this aura migraine, twice within 1 week - and then never again. Though he relates it to some type of juice-intolerance...

      I've also started smoking again and maybe that has made a difference too? I'm thinking migraines are apparently caused by increased permeability of brain blood vessel walls and smoking hardens blood vessels, right?

      Did you find any relation between your auras and life-style? diet? stress - incl. psychological stress?

       

    • WMcMasters
      Feb. 11, 2011

      PAC= Premature Atrial Contractions, basically it means something is messing up the electrical signals to the heart in such a way that atrium contracts early. Most people refer to it as a missed beat, or in really bad cases Atrial Fibrillations.

       

      Migraine with Aura is caused by neurological issues. Stress is a possible cause although right now I am exploring...

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      PAC= Premature Atrial Contractions, basically it means something is messing up the electrical signals to the heart in such a way that atrium contracts early. Most people refer to it as a missed beat, or in really bad cases Atrial Fibrillations.

       

      Migraine with Aura is caused by neurological issues. Stress is a possible cause although right now I am exploring vitamin deficiency as a possibility. Magnesium appears to be linked to both and seems like a likely candidate.

       

       

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