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Offline Megan30291

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Heart flutters/dizziness
« on: August 23, 2014, 06:22:54 PM »

I'm 23 and I am freaking out because lately I've been having this fluttery feeling in my chest. When it happens I start to feel dizzy. I don't know if I start to feel dizzy because I start breathing weird (like mild hyperventilating) or if it is related to the heart. I don't know if I should go to the ER or not, especially since I'm out of town right now. I've had an ekg done because of pain I was having earlier this year (around January) and it was normal. However, it wouldn't have caught it on the ekg if it wasn't happening at that moment. My fiancÚ doesn't think anything is wrong with me (cardiac RN) but says if I'm worried I should have an echo. UGH I just don't know what to do. I'm a hypochondriac but not fond of going to the doctor
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Re: Heart flutters/dizziness
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2014, 06:38:59 PM »
Are you drinking enough water?  That happened to my sister once and it turned out she was dehydrated and didn't know it. Here is a good hydration calculator: http://nutrition.about.com/library/blwatercalculator.htm

Hormones can also cause it - I would try charting it for a month or two to see if it happens at certain times of the day/week/your cycle/after eating or drinking certain things.

Unless it gets progressively worse, you should be fine to wait a month to see the doctor. Even if it was something like atrial fibrillation, it's not dangerous in most cases and your doctor will appreciate the information.
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Re: Heart flutters/dizziness
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2014, 06:52:03 PM »
I've been trying to drink more water. I am actually on my period right now, so that tends to heighten my anxiety. I also think it has to do with being on vacation. I will look into charting when it happens. Thanks!
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Re: Heart flutters/dizziness
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2014, 06:56:27 PM »
I believe iron deficiency can also cause it. I'm now remembering that this has happened to me in the past around my period. Try taking an iron supplement or upping your intake of beef and iron-rich foods around your period.
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Re: Heart flutters/dizziness
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2014, 07:20:15 PM »
Usually unless you're old or vegan iron deficiency is relatively quite rare. Most of the foods we eat contain iron (red meat in particular). You live with a damnd cardiac RN and of all people he would be concerned over it would be his love. Dizziness can be many things, it could be just anxiety, it could be a change in blood pressure to your head, whether it is low or high. You are way too young to even think of heart problems, when I was 21 I had heart flutters/palpulations and worst of all my heart would feel like it would stop for a little while and continue. The heat problems were so bad I had to turn around and go home from school.

I went to the doctor to find out I had a concerning EKG test result and ended up in the ER. I came out with no problems they could find and referred me to a specialist for cardiac problems. I arrived to the facility and I ***** you not there was not a patient under the age of 70. People were surprised to see a 21 year old with good health in a cardiac center. Needless to say my heart was put to a stress test and they found nothing wrong. Turned out to be anxiety about my school on top of the massive amount of coffee I have been consuming over several months.

My recommendation is to avoid all caffeine (soda, tea, chocolate, candy and coffee!) And when the heart problem occurs just remind yourself it is just anxiety. This problems will not go away over night but you will notice it go down in a period that can range from hours to days to weeks and in my case months! Over the past few months I have grown to learn how amazing the mind/body connections is. Always remember the body follows the mind and the mind follow the body.

Get well!
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Re: Heart flutters/dizziness
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2014, 08:02:03 PM »
It's actually not rare, Phony90. Iron deficiency is common among women in their childbearing years (because of our periods). And as you said, it's also common in vegans, women who drink (alcohol strips vitamins from your system) and anyone on acid blockers or antacids.

I got it in my 20s during a few of my heavier periods - not badly, but I would look a little pale and occasionally feel a little fluttery and dizzy. And it happens a lot to me now that I'm on Prilosec. Even with eating beef, I have to take major iron supplements or I become anemic very quickly.

But yes, it can also be caused by things like caffeine, too much exercise, anxiety, hormones and dehydration. Megan - it won't hurt you to take one iron supplement. I find when my symptoms are due to iron deficiency, one supplement fixes them almost immediately. So it's worth a try, along with hydration and charting the symptoms for a month.
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Re: Heart flutters/dizziness
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2014, 10:09:20 PM »
It's actually not rare, Phony90. Iron deficiency is common among women in their childbearing years (because of our periods).

Noted!
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Re: Heart flutters/dizziness
« Reply #7 on: August 24, 2014, 09:16:30 AM »
If your boyfriend is a cardiac RN I think you can put some faith in his judgement.
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