I have had palpitations for years and years , since I was about 12 years old. I have also had an anxiety disorder for around the same length of time (OCD and generalised anxiety).
I have a lot of ECGs and a 24 hr recording taken, the 24 hr one showed some PVCs and PACs but nothing to be concerned over.
I usually find caffine or adrenaline spikes trigger them, also hyperventilating and sometimes exercise. Embarrassingly enough I always get them during/after an orgasm. Also get them when relaxed (if I am ever relaxed really) and trying to sleep. Often I feel faint or off balance , sweaty and my nose goes numb. I've had two such episodes in the last two weeks, one was triggered by a very fast walk uphill that exhausted me and when I stopped I felt faint and skipping beats. The other I was walking home and just got more and more overwhelmed until I was in a blind panic. It's often in a combination with swallowing air , needing to burp a lot but sometimes its just a skip that makes me startle and cough, or a thud when I stand up from sitting position. Usually happens 5 - 10 times a day, sometimes more frequently and once felt 3 or 4 in a row.
I thought both times in the last 2 weeks that was it for me and got in a terrible panic. I am trying to tell myself if it was it wouldnt resolve simply by sitting down and taking a few deep breaths (as it does , although last 2 have been harder to calm down over).
I have spoken to doctor numerous times and they're not concerned. Told me I am taking panic attacks and to try mindfulness.
However a relative (my mother's twin brother) has a suspected cardiomyopathy (ARVC they thought) and had an episode of VT during sustained intense exercise. He is 26 years older than me and didn't show symptoms until 3 years ago. He has an ICD.
My mum was given a treadmill test and echo and a review by an electrophysiologist and told she's grand.
I on the other hand don't sleep at night and I don't relax. I don't exercise because I am so scared. I have horrible visions day and night of what may happen to me. If I see a defibrillator in public I panic. I worry I'm having premonitions. I can't go out without worrying . I obsess over it and have for a long time but some periods are worse than others . I self medicate with cocodamol to sleep.
I'm at a loss of what to do and where to turn. I considered using my (minimal) savings to find a private cardiologist and ask for their help. I don't have the confidence to ask a doctor to refer me and they always just say I'm fine. I really don't know what to do but this is taking over my life. I'm sorry for the long post, longer than I expected , but haven't discussed this much with anyone bizzarely. Even the doctors surgery I dont tell.