My heart just went crazy. I was sitting and suddenly it went into a rapid beat. I tried coughing and doing techniques that I normally do to stop it...it has happened once or twice before. I couldn't get it to stop. I jumped up and leaned over and coughed as hard as I could. It stopped after 10-15 seconds from beginning to end. I am scared to death now. I go to the cardiologist every year because I have palpitations caused by mitral valve prolapse. This event scared me...a lot. During the event I pressed on my carotid to feel my heart rate to see if it stopped. It hadn't. The only way to describe the feeling is that my heart was beating fast and the beats felt shallow. Not like big hard beats like I had just ran five miles.
I am very scared of v fib or other sinister heart arrhythmia. I plan on calling the doctor tomorrow to be seen. Please offer advice, for I am home alone at night with three young kids, fifteen minutes from the nearest hospital.
I should add I don't smoke, drink, have high blood pressure, etc. I am thin and relatively healthy.