Heart attack in 20s

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A reduced ejection fraction indicates heart failure, which may or may not be caused by a heart attack. I heart attack, by definition, involves damage.........angina is decreased blood flow. A heart attack is permanent, and will remain on an ekg as damage for the rest of your life...that is why the crucial first hour is so important.........I am an RN, and have actually seen heart attacks happen on the monitor, while trying to set up NTG drips, and open the arteries with meds.
Today as I was driving home from work, my heart did that for the entire fifteen minutes. When I was in my early 20s I had that issue all the time, but it has tapered off over the years to maybe twice a year instead of every few days. I had all of the tests done at the time and they didnt find anything unusual. It is increasing now....
I can relate here as well, losing my dad to a heart attack 25 yrs. ago, he was only 47....He was a classic type A personality, brought work home w/him, smoked cigars... I'm more relaxed than he was (generally), plus I don't smoke or drink...But this past weekend I let work really upset me...I got so worked up I'm still having palpatations, not fast/racing heart beat but the kind where you have skipped beats (or so it feels like a skipped beat)....
If some occur, get help fast. Heart attacks for people in their 20s are very rare events. It's understandable that you feel some anxiety about the death of your brother. If you haven't already seen one, I would go to a cardiologist and get checked out. I would definitely tell him/her your fears. . Put everything on the table and have a full, frank conversation. The odds are greatly in your favor that it is not a heart problem; you just need some reassurance.
Your experience sounds almost identical to mine. Almost a year ago, I experienced what I thought was a heart attack. Tingling sensation in face and neck. I felt all foggy and disconnected from reality. My heartbeat was rapid. I felt like I couldn't breathe. It started happening again in January, out of the blue. This time it was more frequent. At first, it was every week or so, then it started happening almost every night. I had all the tests done (inclding MRI/MRA, echocardiogram, EKG, etc.
After a few weeks of doing this my HR has been in the mid to upper 80's and 90 at the most *after eating or just being nervous about something* Is having your HR in the mid to upper 80's normal? I keep reading how having a fast heart rate can cause a heart attack and I know im only 20 but that type of thing scares me! LOL Also, I'm a huge sports chick. I'm obsessed with hockey and well..everytime I watch a game my heart rate skyrockets into the early 100's.
I've had symptoms since I was in my late 20's and now I'm 52. I've had every heart test possible and passed them all. I recently had a loop recorder installed in my chest to record my heart beat activity and to mark the episodes I'm having. Last week I had a 3 hour long fluttering and skipping beats, then a day later the same thing, three times in one day. Lasting about 3 hours each time. The doctor put me on Sotolol 40mg twice a day a month ago. He wants be to increase it to 80mg twice a day.
People usually have vague symptoms (they feel tired, sluggish, have "heartburn" symptoms, chest pains they dismiss as aches, or think they are run down or ill). My father was sent home a number of times from emergency rooms from the time he was about 42. They called it heartburn. At 47 he had an emergency bypass, but by then his symptoms were "classic heart attack". My brother in law had a "surprise" heart attack at 40.
I had a panic attack, first and only one, over a month ago (Sept 10th), it was the worse feeling ever. ive always had anxiety issues but not that. after the panic attack i felt disconnected mentally for days... just that not all there feeling. the two weeks following i worried a lot bout having another and tried not to think bout it cuz it made me panicky. although it was hard. it happened while i was alone in the car driving so i feared driving alone for a while and it seemed so silly to me.
If I recall, you have a mid 20s EF, CHF and have had at least one heart attack. Listen carefully to the doctor's advice. Bring all the questions you ask here to the Dr. I sure didnt want to have the surgery or cost involved but can honestly say it has tremendously improved my state of health. It also improved my mental state giving that cushion of relief knowing that I have backup in case something drastic were to occur. In the end, it is your choice.
I would notice my heart when I would sit or stand up fast. In my 20s it became worse with pvcs at night. I would get out of bed and run around the house to stop them, and nibble on aspirin,for some relief. I always felt exausted, even as a teen and child. Doctors listened to my heart, used ekg and took xrays and did not identify anything wrong. Deep morning pain that was burning and aching, worsened and in June I asked for an echo, a acending aortic anurism was identified 5.8 cm.
So, to wrap up THAT long winded explanation, does it sound like something I should go back to the doctor for (even though I went when I was 16 and they really didn't find anything other than the mild heart murmur) or just ignore it? Heart disease does run in my family - my mother has a severe heart murmur and my Uncle (who is 50 and in excellent physical shape) just had a heart attack and had to get a double bypass.
Also, a friend of mine at work had a freak heart attack when he was in his early 20s. Apparently no significant damage, and no cause (perhaps a floating clot, but he had no problems with Atherosclerosis). Some twenty years later and he is still going strong. Yet when he gets any Chest Pain, he runs up and down the stairs at work to see if it is his heart. This is not the way to discover heart problems.
all i can say is once you stop smoking, it will do wonders not only for your heart but your health in general. your doctor could best tell the long term prognosis of your tachycardia, it is my understanding Please note: I am no MD. sinus tachycardia will not harm you once test show there is underlying problem for your tachycardia ie. thyroid problems or structural haert disease.
It was on a medium-low setting, I'd properly warmed up, and I'd only been on a few minutes. The gym staff freaked and said my heart rate was in heart attack range. They said my narrowing vision field was very scary and sent me to the doc. The doc did a resting EKG several days later and said I was fine. He said the exercise machine must have been malfunctioning and my lightheadedness after the shower is from being fair-skinned.
What this article doesn’t address, however, is how to prevent heart disease in women in the first place. Sleep apnea is a very common condition that if left untreated, can cause anything from depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, heart attack or stroke. It’s estimated that up to 1/4 of all men and 1/10 of all women may have at least some degree of sleep apnea. The frightening statistic is that about 90% of women with sleep apnea are not diagnosed.
You're so right it's very easy to get so worried about the Heart palpitations, when I have one or two at a time I just try to ignore but when I get around 15 in a row I start to panic and think this is it I'm having heart attack or something. There is no history of heart problems in my family, and no one in my family that I know of has had Heart palpitations.
Two months ago I had a painful pulsating sensation in my neck that scared the crap out of me and triggered a panic attack. This has been happening for over 6 months now and it is driving me crazy. I have been to the ER twice to check out my heart and they tell me that the ECG is fine and gave me a shot of ativan and a week prescription for the anxiety.
I had my first panic attack at 26, couldn't breathe, heart racing, tingling in hands, so I went to the ER, checked myself in as "I am having a heart attack" -- diagnosis was anxiety and I have been on meds ever since (now 42). Through meds and seeing a psychologist to get to the root of the problem which was a loss at the age of nine (my dad), I am now able to control the hyperventilation, racing heart, etc. The meds in combination with therapy have both helped.
I have had palpitations/flutters in my heart since I was 16; I have been to so many doctors, in and out of the emergency rooms in fear I'm going into cardiac arrest; I cut caffeine out of my diet 3 years ago and cut back on smoking (1 pack a week). No matter what I do, I always get them in moments of stress, and in the past month or so, I get them when I'm laying on my sides or on my back while watching TV.
This scared me more than I can explain. Neither of my parents have any history of heart disease, heart attack, or stroke. Neither do my grandparents. My mom has hypertension as does my maternal grandmother. When my dad passed away at the age of 59 his only ailment was high cholesterol. My question is this: 1.) Was his assumption that there is probably something wrong with my heart accurate, because I am on atenolol? 2.
I have drinks every now and again, but not a whole lot. Absolutely NO history of heart problems in my family from either of my parents’ sides. I’m in pretty decent shape. This incident started about 4 weeks ago. On the Sunday it started, I went snowboarding and played a hockey game that afternoon. That Sunday morning at about 3AM I woke with my heart fluttering like mad. I’m not sure if it was skipping beats, missing beats or what, but it was not right.
I gave blood two months ago and the bandage that's wrapped around your elbow caused the a problem -- mainly restriction of blood flow. I had it on for two and a half days. During the last 24 hours, I felt problems in blood flow, but couldn't realize to remove the tape. Finally, in the hospital I did and my condition improved greatly. But still, I noticed a problem weeks later when while sitting, I crossed my legs, or right after eating something with too much sugar.
I had increased all of my daily exercise. I mean I felt better thn I did when I was in my 20s. I went to sleep that night feeling fabulous like I had totally turned my life around and looking forward to taking on the world the next day. Morning approached, I woke up feeling great. You don't wake up smiling too often in life at 39 but I was. I need to eat breakfast and and a week before I had a bit of a low blood sugar attack do to lack of sweets and carbs.
His pain was entirely in his shoulder and he blamed it on a bad shoulder for a couple of years. The day of the heart attack his pain was under his arm, about in his arm pit. My point in this is that pain, even in men, can be atypical. Any pain that comes with exertion needs to be investigated.
I can tell you from personal experience that Synthroid can cause , or cause an increase in, heart arrhythmias even when your labs are in "normal range". My T3 and T4 just barely make it into "normal", and my TSH is still in the 20s. My hypo symptoms have all gone away, but the levo still wreaks havoc with my SVT. I'm on a beta blocker now for the SVT.
Ended up thinking I was having a heart attack, went to ER where tests for my heart were fine, but film of my heart showed spots on lung....Went to lung doctor, CT scan confirmed spots on lung..led to even more head spasms, hair even hurt.....Could not even go to grocery store without having a panic attack....Dealt with Doctors/Appointments/tests/pain for about 8 months....In the meantime went to routind dental appt.... when he asked how I had been, boy did I have a story...
On a side note,may be completely unrealated, I think I have what is known as reynauds syndrom, it can indicate other things but inorder to get a diagnosis the attack has to occur in front of a doctor. Reynuads is when the capillaries in your digits(fingers and toes) spasm causing the circulation to cut off. Your fingers or toes will get white blotches on them or turn blue or purple. It happens when you are cold or nervous and will only go awy once you warm the effected area.
It is either a vibration or a sensation of filling up with liquid. No other symptoms are there. No pain in urination, no pain in sex, have been married for many years with one partner, and no urge to go to the bathroom. It happens randomly, and lasts for 3-6 seconds then goes away. It is irritating but not painful. Any thoughts on this issue would be helpful.
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