Constant heart palpitations

October 27, 2009 3:00pm CST
For the last 3 months or so i have been having almost constant palpitations. they happen even when im lying down and at ease.. And doing anything physical like walking up stairs can make them really intense and it can be pretty scary.. i have had a ECG and it was normal but i wasn't having them at the time.. my gp is arranging for me to have the 24 belt thing to monitor my heart rhythm.. my question is could this simply be stress related if im having them almost 24/7? i have recently left home and am living with my girlfriends home where i don't really feel comfortable.. as in i don't feel at home.. but i have no where else to go and my gf wouldn't exactly approve with me moving out :s has anyone else had these palpitations and had a proper diagnosis?
10 responses
@lowlycook (265)
• Philippines
1 Jun 10
It could be stress, and a lot more. So make sure you see a heart specialist. Try also checking your t3 t4 tsh. If you wanna know about this, consult an endocrinologist or one whose expertise is internal medicine. But don't get scared---most palpitations are easy to remedy. Just get professional medical help. And also, on the spiritual side, that uneasiness in your gf's place may be a sign that you should probably go home and get right and comfy with everyone there. :)
@Bluepatch (2481)
• Trinidad And Tobago
28 Oct 09
I've gotten these occasionally and I've been told they are significant for something or the other. Its not a problem for me. I haven't had one for years. They can scare you, I would imagine, your heart shaking up and all that.
@solared (1210)
• United States
28 Oct 09
Go see a dr, limit your caffien don't smoke or drink. Could be stress, could a irregulat heartbeat, could be diabetes.
@nolipo (407)
• United States
28 Oct 09
I've had them a lot lately as well. Mostly if I'm laying on my left side. They started when I had back surgery and was taking Vicodin so I thought it was just related to that. But even though I'm in quite a bit of pain most of the time, I stopped taking the Vicodin, felt as though I was getting addicted, I still have them. I think it may just be stress related. I'm not working, can't find a job, and in pain. So for me that's what I think it is. But for you, I can't say. Going to the Dr. and getting it check is a good thing. Also I did the belt thing years ago when my heart was always hurting, dull pains and found out I had a bulge in one of my valves. Nothing serious, but I see it hurts more if I overdue it on coffee. Good luck and I hope you will be ok.
@jpso138 (7844)
• Philippines
28 Oct 09
I hope that there is nothing wrong with you like what you found out on you ecg. But you should have yourself check again, perhaps with stress test and other procedures done by a specialist. I do not think that having constant palpitations is normal. It is better to know the problem early rather than wait for such to get worst if there are any.
• United States
28 Oct 09
I say follow your doctors orders very carefully. There is no way of knowing what is going on for sure. Stress does very strange things to the body and it very well could have something to do with that. Have you ever tried meditation to clear your mind? Also, changing your thinking patterns can really help. If you are constantly worried and stressed you can do damage to the body. It is not possible to eliminate all stress from your life but you can control how much you let it affect your well being. Take care of yourself and make sure you are being wary of how much stress is in your life.
@mikeysmom (2094)
• United States
28 Oct 09
i have had palpitations in the past and related to anxiety and stress. once in awhile i will get one and it is a very uncomfortable feeling and it scares me as well but my ekg was normal and an ultrasound as well.
• Italy
28 Oct 09
I understand your concerns, maybe it's just anxiety? Or you are overweight? But since it affects the hearth and breathing, I think you should definitely talk to your doctor, you never know how things may develop, it can be nothing but you're being stressed as it may be heavier. Definitely consult with your doctor.
@Hatley (159393)
• Garden Grove, California
27 Oct 09
hi shawn sounds like you are stressed out completely.wait til ' your doctor finds out what ther 24 hour heart montior says snd then go from there . It sounds like stressed related anxiety attacks. If it is your heart your doctor will be sure to know after the 24 hour thingy. so relax as it it is p robably stress related.that can be treated pretty easily with some medications and perhaps some meditation techniques.
@margaux08 (1094)
• Philippines
27 Oct 09
Hi Shawn, YOu should consult your doctor. They may even recommend 2D ECHO for you. Professional doctor's diagnosis is important and sticking to their recommendations will be pertinent to you. Here's hoping for the best...take care always