I am new here as I think I have AF and potentially other things going on and I'm hoping you may be able to shed some light on my symptoms and whether they're typical of AF. I do apologise for the length of the post, there is however a bit of a backstory.
I am 29, I have Hashimotos thyroiditis and have suffered a few years of palpitations. They take various forms, some pvcs, pacs, an irregular washing machine type palp that lasts a few seconds and a fast heart rate on minimal exertion.
In May I went to see a cardiologist who did a VERY quick echo (no abnormalities found but was so quick) and a 7 day holter. Nothing showed on it except multifocal ventricular ectopics and isolated SVts. I didn't feel anything out of the ordinary while it was on (typical). I was discharged with a Kardia smartphone monitor and told it was 'stress'.
Things have got a lot worse since. While driving two months ago my heart started banging really fast and I felt like I was losing consciousness. I chalked it up to stress but was rather uneasy with it. After seeing the GP she once again reassured me it was stress.
This incident happened again while driving, I struggled to find a heartbeat in my neck and then my heart went boom boom boom for about five seconds and I felt lightheaded again. I pulled over and then went to the nearest hospital. Nothing out of the ordinary on the ecg there so they sent me home.
Since then, I've been having constant palpitations, especially if I've eaten anything sugary or fatty. I have a healthy diet although due to moving house ordered a pizza and had to stop eating it. My heart was going boom boom (long pause) boom boom boom (long pause). I went to the GP who was going to do an arrythmia clinic referral. Yet to be seen.
Then, on Thursday night just gone, I'd had a bite of my partner's pudding while lying on the sofa. Within a couple of minutes my heart did a very odd quivering thing, almost like it was shaking jelly. I've had this before but for nowhere near as long. I felt the pulse in my neck and that too was quivering. I felt scared and went to bed to sleep it off.
On Friday I woke up feeling super tired and didn't manage to do anything all day other than lie on the sofa. At about 5pm I got up to sort some washing out and felt lightheaded and that my heart was funny. I wasn't as lightheaded as I was during the driving episodes (during which I felt like a plug had been unplugged and i was on my way) but I still felt I needed to lie down. Before I did that though, I used my Kardia monitor to check my heart. To my shock it said 'possible AF.'
I tested it again five minutes later to ensure it wasn't an inaccurate reading, and once again it said 'possible AF'. Off to hospital I went, feeling sick, lightheaded and completely out of sorts. The funny beating was chugging along all the while in the waiting room, I had a cup of cold water and by the time I had my ECG the funny beating had stopped. Great.
I showed the doc the ECG recordings my Kardia monitor did and she said they definitely looked irregular but as THEIR ecg was ok and whatever was happening had stopped, I could go home. They have set me up a fast track appt with a cardiologist next week.
I'm now at home and getting 'normal' readings on my Kardia monitor. I do feel tired and out of sorts and have a bit of chest pain. I have felt very tired over the last couple of months and get out of breath doing very simple things.
My great grandmother had a cardiac arrest in her early 40s and my mother gets all kinds of odd palps that she 'never has time' to get checked out. My 16 month old daughter was born with coarctation of the aorta and a very rare heart condition called hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
So, I suppose I'm wondering the following:
1) Does all of this sound like AF? And the random heart quivering?
2) Can AF or atrial flutter make you pass out all of a sudden? I'm referring to the boom boom boom almost pass out situation I have experienced driving...rather than the lightheadedness I felt on Friday's much longer episode of supposed AF
3) How on earth could I have AF at 29?
4) What should I be asking the cardiologist for when I see them next week?
Obviously I'm not driving at the moment - I'm too scared to! The sudden episode of fast palpitations and near blacking out has scared me silly.
Thanks so much for any thoughts or advice. I'm so worried something is going to happen suddenly and I'm not going to be here for my daughter who really needs me. x