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Feels as if my heart has stopped!

From: Gerry


I had my first attack over two years ago - I am 34. I was in the country at a friends house and started sneezing. My heart then began to race, I felt sick and had a "rush" of blood to my head. I had to lie down and for the rest of the day felt exhasuted. Since then I have had about 14 attacks, ranging from passing out completly (1) to feeling tingling down one side, and a lock jaw sensation, to feeling nausea, having to rush to the bathroom for a bowel movemt and being taked to emergancy room twice. My blood pressure is weak but fast and I also have chest pains, I feel like I am going to die. Sometimes these attacks happen in the middle of the night and wake me up. I have been told it's vaso vagel although nothing happened on the tilt table test, to anxiety attacks, to panic attacks and being depressed and should try Prozac. One alternative doctor said it's a virus affecting my circulatory systems which has made the most sense so far. It is so scary and I have an 18 month old and am sometimes so worried that these attacks will happen when I am with her. Just last week it felt as if my heart had stopped beating, and I couldn't breathe. I went to the bathroom for a bowel movement and lay down, felt my pulse which was weak but so fast and felt terrible It tood me two days to feel well again. I just feel so sorry for my poor husband! Has anyone else had a negative tilt-table test bust still has the symptoms - are attacks worse at different times of the month? Please reply if you have information

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