NOT a request for medical advice–we both have doctors.
My family has a history of heart rhythm problems–my grandmother, all four of her children, my brother and I, we all have it. Sometimes the heart races, sometimes it “skips a beat”. My husband says sometimes mine sounds like someone tripping over a trash-can. I take atenolol. My brother takes something else. My mom was on inderal, although I don’t know what she’s on now. We all have xanax or similar for stress, because stress makes us more prone to attacks.
Yesterday, my brother woke up at 2:30 am with his heart racing so fast he couldn’t even feel his pulse. He refused to go to the doctor or hospital, hoping it would settle down as it normally does. Finally he went to his local clinic at about 4 pm. The doctor there said he was in atrial fibrillation (I think) and sent him directly to the hospital. DUH! :smack: When he got to the hospital, his heart was beating at 150 bpm and was irregular. They gave him an injection of something, and then set him up with an IV drip of the same. His heartrate was down to 102 bpm within minutes. They kept him overnight.
My uncle is the only other one of us who has had this extreme a problem, and he ended up eventually having the surgery to kill off the misfiring pacemaker.
So, what’s the technical behind all this? (This is in IMHO because I know that without examination, you’re going on your interpretation of what I’ve posted.)