I got a 48hour ECG and a 24 hour blood pressure monitor. They told me my blood pressure is a bit elevated bur i need to eat less salt do more exercise and get it checked in 6 months. Regarding my ECG the doctor has seen some episodes of increased heart rate but he said it is within the normal ranges and no Treatment is needed.
When I Insisted he gave me a low dose of beta blocker but he said your heart does not need it this more for your mind.
I have not taken the beta blocker yet but I removed salt from my diet and I noticed my blood pressure is back to normal, however I get episodes of extreme sleepiness and fatigue specially after eating or after going for a long walk...
I have called my mother today and interestingly enough she told me that she used to have such episodes of heart racing and she could avoid them by avoiding foods like Linsen beans raw onion or cucumber, she said it was related to her large intestine and bloating and that was causing pressure on her heart. Does that make any sense ?
Well. Anxiety Is possible.
However with your history of sleep apnea arrhythmias are also possible. There is an association between the 2.
The good news is that it doesn’t sound like a fatal or life threatening arrhythmia; so you can rest easy there.
ECGs and apple watches are pretty useless for the type of thing we’re concerned about here. Only the 24 hour ECG (Holter) will give any answers.
All your pressures and such sound normal. But I wouldn’t just assume anxiety here. Anxiety is a diagnosis of exclusion. We haven’t excluded all the options yet.
Your bpm is normal, your top number of your blood pressure is great and your lower number is right at normal. I'd be happy with your last reading of the day. Try not to obsess over this as that might be part of the problem. Your heart is likely fine. Try to stay calm. Do you practice any breathing exercises?
Such a tough situation. I will tell you from an outsider looking in, you seem highly stressed. That can affect heart rate. While most people would find reassurance from what your doctor has stated, you feel they must be wrong. I am a proponent that we do know our own bodies and have to take every step to make sure we are actually alright. So, I understand where you are coming from. You just want to be sure. I do think the apple watch is not always super accurate. I have one myself. The thing tracks things in an odd way at times between the heart app and the fit info it gives me. I will just say that wearables are helpful but not always completely reliable. You are having further evaluation done next week. That's great. And do you have a home bp monitor? I got a good one on Amazon. You are to take your bp several times a day and just chart it. Over time, you see what your normal is. Outlying readings here or there can be discarded. And remember to think calming thoughts, keep your feet flat on the ground and arm heart level when you take it. It will likely be different at different times of day which is normal.
But if all checks out from the point of view of your cardiologist, I think it is time to look into health anxiety. It's real. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/health-anxiety/ And also, anxiety untreated and panic especially feels terrible. It can feel heart related. Treatment for anxiety often involves medication which today's meds are effective and well tolerated and also with talk therapy. So, this maybe where you end up if the cardiologist keeps coming up with nothing heart related. good luck