Hi, I am a 39 year old male, just under 6 foot tall and weigh 105kg. Im of stocky build and alot of my body fat i would say is in my upper torso. I have always been active and played sports eg. Football every weekend for a good 18 years up until last April 2013. My cholesterol readings have varied from 5.4 to 6.4mmol/l which was my last reading 5 months ago. I am currently a smoker and have smoked for 17 years, despite several unsuccessful attempts at quitting.
Ive had had a long fascination that i seem to have an underlying health condition with the functioning of the heart and cardiovascular system. It all started 13 years ago when out of the blue one night my heart started to palpitate very fast, i was feeling dizzy and could hardly stand, i was breathless and was having tingling sensations in my face and hands. I thought i was having a heart attack. I was rushed to hospital thinking i was about to die, after a few tests and investigations, it was not related to a heart problem, but diagnosed panic/anxiety attack. At the time i didnt know what that was and so decided to do some counselling/therapy with psychiatrists and psychologists to try to stop these attacks from happening. I was put on some SSRI's at 26 years old and i have been swapping from one SSRI to another through out these 13 years of hell. For the record i have been on Escitalopram, Citalopram, Escitalopram, Mirtazipine, Paroxetine and currently having a bad time on Fluoxetine these last 5 months. My anxiety/panic disorder is still an ongoing problem for me.
At 38 years old i was diagnosed with hypertension as my blood pressure would just shoot up to 170/110 for no obvious reason, and was put on an ace inhibitor called Lisinopril 20mg after an unsuccessful trial with a calcium blocker called amlodipine. Since starting these hypertension medication i noticed other things were happening to my body which to this day i am still unsure why as this is still happening to me today.
My Heart Rate seems to be all over the place, when i am lying down eg. Resting/Sleep it usually beats between 44bpm-56bpm, any slight movement would cause it to pick up pace to 70bpm ish and then it will settle back down, if i go from a lying down position to a standing position there would be an almighty jump and change to 100 bpm and i would feel very lightheaded and on occasions nearly fallen down with weakness and dizziness. If i tried to do any other activity eg Wash The Car by hand my heart would beat even faster 130/140 bpm and i would really struggle keeping this up for more than a few minutes as i would start to get pains in my chest, the dizziness especially going from a low position to a straight up position would increase and i would start to perspire alot rather too easily. Feeling all this would then plays on my anxiety/panic disorder, thinking im about to drop dead. When i use to play football and i over exerted myself i noticed that my heart beat would really be going at a fast rate 160/170 bpm and i would get an ectopic missed heart beat virtually every every 30 seconds unless i did something to lower my heart beat. With these ectopic beats i would get a flutter sensations in my chest area and when it happened i would feel very tired and weak. I have no choice but to stop playing and go home to rest. Whilst at home my anxiety would be obsessed with the missing heartbeat and the general feeling unwell, it would take over 4-5 hours for my heart rate to return to a normal level of 60-70 bpm and i have on many occasions gone to the Emergency Department as it was still missing after an hour or two. I have had a CT Angiogram, Echocardiogram, Treadmill Stress Test within the last 12 months and lots of ECG's whether be at home, hospital or the doctors practice. Nothing has shown up apart from the echocardiogram which picked up that my heart muscle was a little thicker on the left side and the cardiologists recommendation was to make sure i control my hypertension. Blood works show no problems. I am NOT a diabetic although it does run in the family. Everyday i suffer from chest pains and aches, dizziness and a brain fog like feeling without fail and i do not know why this is so?
Went for a walk to the local shop earlier and when i got home i took my pulse and it was 126bpm and all i did was walk 300 footsteps!!
During that walk i was getting breathlessness and towards the end i got a sharp poking pain between my shoulder blades for a split second. Its taken 10 minutes to get to 90bpm, and im lying down exhausted!
Sure there are times when these symptoms or sensations do all disappear and i feel normal, but they are very few and far between and over this last year rarely. Are the doctors missing something with regards ***** ***** heart/cardio or is it just me and my mental health disorder?