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Had episodes of irregular and pounding heart. Have problem in the sinus of heart. Chances of getting hear attack?

I ve had episodes of irregular & pounding heart for a few years. It used to happen a few times a year... gradually got worse to now occuring several times a day while I m at rest in bed, or sitting watching TV or sitting at my desk working. A couple of weeks ago I was shoe shopping, in the shoe isles bending over taking my shoes off - putting new ones on, then taking new ones off, replacing my shoes for a couple of hours. I had just finished that when suddenly I began to have a ball of pain between my shoulder blades... mild at first and gradually got pretty painful. Then the pain moved into my chest . My entire chest was very painful. I couldn t believe it.. but wondered if I was having a gall bladder attack or a heart attack . I couldn t check out... or leave. I had to sit down & in a few mintues the pain dimished & went away. The next day I went to a doctor and while waiting - I suddenly had one of the episodes of pounding, flip flopping heart beats. I asked the nurse to pleae check it. She said I had a very irregular heart beat. I was later hooked up to a monitor for 24 hrs and am waiting for results. I ve also monitored my BP/ heart rate for a few days and am finding at rest that my B/P is low at times... 91/60 - and hte hearat rate is as low as 50 beats. I ve had a stress test and doc said after the test was over there was a problem in the sinus of the heart. I told him about my irregular heart beat that happens just occasionally at that time - but has gotten to be a daily thing... even in bed will resting? What are your thoughts?
Asked On : Sat, 23 Feb 2013
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Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

From the description of your symptoms and the results of the investigations that you have mentioned, you seem to be having an "arrythmia" - which is a term for abnormal heart rythms. Now, there can be various types of arrythmias which can be of varying severity.

It is not possible to arrive at definitive diagnosis without examining you and reviewing all your investigation results. So, I would suggest that you wait for the Holter (24-hour monitoring) results and ask your doctor for more details regading your diagnosis. Don't worry, whatever be the type of arrythmia, there are good treatment options available to control these disorders.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Sat, 23 Feb 2013
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