Sorta reminds me of my atrial flutter problem...cardiologist said a heart is like a house...you got your plumbing and your electrical. In my case my plumbing was fine...but the electrical aspect got wonky and the rhythm of my heart was not right. I had the opposite problem where my resting heart rate was below 30. Afib is similar...an electrical problem in the heart.
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I agree with SPEEDYDOG. My husband had that... his heart rate kept jumping up above 200 erratically, and it turned out he had atrial fibrillation. If he hadn't had it corrected, the heart specialist said that he could have developed pulmonary blood clots or even had a stroke.
Hopefully, it's nothing serious, but it would be a good idea to get it checked out.
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You may need a Stress Echocardiogram, which measures your heart rate while exercising. The pounding in your chest indicates that the heart rate monitor might be fairly accurate.
My dad would sometimes experience a racing heartbeat. His heart was healthy. His cardiologist found that he had Tachycardia, which is caused by overly rapid electrical signals to the heart. He underwent a simple operation and his rapid heartbeat stopped.
Other causes can be an electrolyte imbalance. However, there are some pretty serious conditions that can cause the heat to beat too fast.
You really need to seek medical advice.
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Such sudden heart rate changes happen to me usually for psychological reasons. It can hit any time - while watching TV, or squatting a PR weight or even while taking a walk for no apparent reason. Mostly what happens in my case is that the background stress makes my breath shallow for a while and that causes a reaction in my body in the form of increased heart rate and related discomfort. I did not realize the background stress for a long time; I thought I had no stress whatsoever. But later, monitoring myself more carefully, I found out that I had a different kind of stress. This kind of stress is not an acute stress as in a suddenly emerging stressful situation, but rather a chronic stress as in trying to control your life in every possible way and thinking of that even when you are supposedly engaged in a fun activity. I realized that I needed to learn to let go of everything at least for a while. Still can't do it fully though.
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I was out cycling today and noticed a pounding sensation in my chest that I get every so often (maybe 3-4 times a year and feels like an arrhythmia) - generally when I'm cycling, but not always. I switched over to my HRM (heart rate monitor) readout and watched as my HR jumped from 155 bpm to about 211. The increments jumped by 10's and 20's, over the course of about 15 seconds, so it could have gotten higher before the readout indicated my HR had leveled\maxed out at 211. I did what I usually do when this happens - hard coughs (this is supposed to help the heart get back into a regular rhythm) and took very deep breaths while I slowed my cadence. I've spoken to another cycling buddy of mine who says his heart does the same, periodically. Have any of you noticed this when cycling? It took about 2 minutes for my HR to drop down to about 145 bpm and I was fine for the remainder of the ride (about another 20 miles on a 50 miler).
I have a yearly physical and, from what I've been told, I'm in great shape. My pulse is currently down to 56 bpm and I had an EKG, by a heart specialist, about 3 years ago. She said I was right as rain. I'm 45 and my recommended max MR is 175. The 155 did seem unusually high (it's normally about 122-132 when I'm cycling) but I've recently increased my cadence and brought my average speed up by about 1 mph, over the last 3 weeks, so I wasn't surprised to see an increased, sustained HR, although it's usually 145 or so since I stepped things up..
On a side note: Many people have told me they don't rely on their HRM to give them an accurate reading. Keep in mind, I wasn't watching my HR readout initially. It was only when I felt a noticeable rhythm change that I switched over to my HRM. So it was definitely a "real event."
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