I just had a 24 hr Holter monitor test done, due to palpitations, a horrible thumping/pressure in my lower throat and feeling as if my heart is racing when it's really not. I started noticing these symptoms about 6 months ago, very sporadically, and they have been increasing in intensity, length & frequency.
I also had a ton of blood work done, and everything there looked fine, except my cholesterol is on the higher side of "borderline" high.
Also, a echo of my heart, which I haven't gotten results back from yet.
I got my doctor to fax results of the monitor test, because she referred me to a cardiologist, and I was concerned why. I was hoping to get a little help understanding these? My doc isn't going to personally follow up, and the nurse was less then helpful over the phone.
>120 bpm for 31:59
< 50 bpm for 00:14
pauses: only 1, 4.5 secs
Ventrical Ectopies: 2061 (2%)
Supraventicular Ectopies: 22 (<1%)
Longest (and fastest) 3 beats, 115 bpm
Slowest: 3 beats, 97 bpm
no couplets or runs
St Depression: 1 episode, max -1.5mm
What's got me worried I guess, is two-fold...
One, that the other night (not included in these results) I had major pounding of my heart while lying down, and when trying to take my pulse noted that it was skipping a beat every 6-12 beats. This lasted for almost an hour. This was by far the worst episode I've had.
Two, if these results are "normal" and not worrisome, why am I being referred to a cardiologist?