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Tachycardia - heart issues... Addilyn & Brielle's Mommy 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Olympia, WA, United States 2851 posts
19th Apr '13

So I have had palpitations/skipped beats since I was baout 15.. I saw a DR when it first started and she just chalked it up to be anxiety. Well it started to get worse during pregnancy and my OB said it was due to increased blood flow ect. After I had my daughter it has just gotten worse. Now it happens daily, multiple times a day and there is pain as well. So i went to the doctors and they did an EKG and made me wear a 48 hour holter monitor. Got the results back Wed and my doctor said that it picked up multiple episodes of Tachycardia and has referred me to a cardiologist. I see them on Monday. Anyone have Tachycardia? Is it something I should be worrying about? My doctor mentioned being put on beta blockers but he wanted me to see an actual cardiologist for further testing and treatment. I am not too worried as I am still alive lol but it does bother me a bit not knowing a whole lot about it. I guess I'm just looking for advice and what to expect... thanks

Squeaky McGee [17 wks] Due May 7; 2 kids; 3 angel babies; Indiana 65960 posts
19th Apr '13

I have it. A lot of people have it. It's just a heart rate between 100 and 150 and it's usually harmless. There are forms of it that can be pathological, such as supraventricular tachycardia. Anemia, pregnancy, dehydration, caffeine intake and fatigue can cause it. It's fairly common.

MahmuhMahmuh 3 kids; Wichita, Kansas 6706 posts
19th Apr '13

I've pretty much always had an irregular heart beat.. then was tachy quite often when I was pregnant with my son, sent me for lots of tests at the hospital and it showed NOTHING abnormal, this is just normal for me I guess. In my case they were concerned about an enlarged heart or fluid around my heart, but neither was the case. Good luck mama!

LinzieBoBinzie Due June 26; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Western, NY, United States 4551 posts
19th Apr '13

I do from pregnancy. My heart rate will just randomly decide to go to the 160s. They'll probably just put you on meds and monitor it, possibly for the rest of your life. Tachycardia basically translates from latin to fast heart rate. Have they done an echo on you? (Ultrasound of your heart) if not then they probably will. I would bring it up if they dont. It could be a structural thing, it could not. It could be when you move your heart rate increases more than it should, could be from a lot of things. Write down all your questions so you can talk with the cardiologist about your concerns. That way too you don't forget them.

Addilyn & Brielle's Mommy 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Olympia, WA, United States 2851 posts
19th Apr '13
Quoting Squeaky McGee [25 wks]:" I have it. A lot of people have it. It's just a heart rate between 100 and 150 and it's usually harmless. ... [snip!] ... as supraventricular tachycardia. Anemia, pregnancy, dehydration, caffeine intake and fatigue can cause it. It's fairly common."


Good to know! Thanks, I'm trying not to worry haha. I guess I will find out more on monday. :)

⚓Misty⚓ 4 kids; Keenesburg, Colorado 7276 posts
19th Apr '13

i was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy shortly after delivery. The cardiologist will want to keep an eye on it especially during pregnancy

Addilyn & Brielle's Mommy 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Olympia, WA, United States 2851 posts
19th Apr '13
Quoting lynnsaymarie:" I do from pregnancy. My heart rate will just randomly decide to go to the 160s. They'll probably just ... [snip!] ... Write down all your questions so you can talk with the cardiologist about your concerns. That way too you don't forget them."


No they haven't yet but I will mention it. He did mention it could be something electrical. It happens so randomly. I could be laying in bed trying to go to sleep, walking, sitting on the couch. Anything really. It's really frustrating and takes my breath away sometimes. Its just scary that it has been getting worse. I hope they say it is nothing, I would hate to be on meds the rest of my life. I try to avoid all medicine and do everything natural/homeopathic ways now.

Addilyn & Brielle's Mommy 2 kids; 4 angel babies; Olympia, WA, United States 2851 posts
19th Apr '13
Quoting M walls:" i was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy shortly after delivery. The cardiologist will want to keep an eye on it especially during pregnancy"


Did they do anything for it? Im not pregnant. My daughter is 17 months :)

⚓Misty⚓ 4 kids; Keenesburg, Colorado 7276 posts
19th Apr '13
Quoting Addilyn's Mama ♥:" Did they do anything for it? Im not pregnant. My daughter is 17 months :) "


oops. i thought you said since you've been pregnant. Mine is extra fluid around my heart from pregnancy & my heart couldn't pump strong enough to squeeze it out. Im on 7 pills a day for my heart but it s gone from %15 to %45 function. hopefully by my next appt in October it will be back to normal & i can get off the pills

LinzieBoBinzie Due June 26; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Western, NY, United States 4551 posts
19th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Addilyn's Mama ♥:</b>" No they haven't yet but I will mention it. He did mention it could be something electrical. It happens ... [snip!] ... I would hate to be on meds the rest of my life. I try to avoid all medicine and do everything natural/homeopathic ways now."</blockquote>



Yeah I hear ya there. I've found for me chamomile tea helps me at night. I've also started walking. Make sure if you take any herbal substances you write it down and let them know, teas included. Also discuss maybe trying a holistic approach before going the medication route. Some doctors are super cool about that. I'm assuming they've done blood work on you like a complete blood count and thyroid. I would definitely stay away from caffeinated beverages. Sorry if all this is jumbled and random lol just woke up. :)

Monkey Nuts Australia 4572 posts
19th Apr '13

I agree that is is fairly common.
I had a similar finding and they did a stress eco to test.. and didn't find much of anything.
Some people just have weird heart rhythms though.

nursemaya mom to 3! 3 kids; 5 angel babies; Minnesota 16003 posts
19th Apr '13

i've had it for years. It's no big deal. its actually common in women with PCOS.

*Soon 2B G0rda* Due December 24 (boy); 4 kids; Mexico 9220 posts
19th Apr '13
Quoting Addilyn's Mama ♥:" So I have had palpitations/skipped beats since I was baout 15.. I saw a DR when it first started and ... [snip!] ... but it does bother me a bit not knowing a whole lot about it. I guess I'm just looking for advice and what to expect... thanks"



I have had tachycardia when I was a kid but it resolved itself when I was 9 or 10.



When I was pregnant with my 3rd it came back and I was also having alot of blood pressure issues. But it ws due to the pressure my daughter was putting on my heart because I had extra fluid