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Hi everyone, my name is Tracy and I am at the beginning of my journey with a heart issue. I was having quite a few palpitations, some that would last up to 4 hours at a time, whilst I realise these can be normal I was concerned and went to see my gp. To cut a long story short I was sent for an ECG which showed I have a slow heart rate, bloods came back normal but blood pressure is quite high. I am waiting on a return appointment to cardiology to have a heart monitor for 24 hours. Whilst I do realise I am in the very early stages of testing etc, I am optimistic that everything is ok (I shall remain so until told otherwise) I am hoping to find others with similar so I can have an idea of what to expect.

10 Replies
skid112Heart Star

Hello Tracy, welcome to the forum. Really sorry to hear of your issues but its good you have been diagnosed. The tests you will undergo will give your cardiologist an idea of what is going on, could be any number of things. Have you been placed on any medication as yet?

Hopefully you will get your 24 hour test done soon

take care


TracyT48 in reply to skid112

Hi Mark and thanks for the welcome :) No medication as yet, as my gp wants to wait until they investigate further. I am hoping to get the tests done soon, I feel I will be less stressed when I actually know what is going on and know what I am dealing with. I find the not knowing is worst of all. I shall post again when I have some news. Thank you for your reply, it’s appreciated. Take care


MichaelJHHeart Star

Hope the 24 hour monitor comes through soon. Treating blood pressure when someone has a low heart rate requires care as many BP medications, not just beta blockers, lower the heart rate - not ideal in this situation.

TracyT48 in reply to MichaelJH

Thanks Michael, fingers crossed it comes through soon. Yes a bit of a conundrum having the high bp with the lower heart rate. My gp said it’s unusual to have both together and he said the beta blockers wouldn’t be suitable, thank you for replying, take care.


Hi Tracy, Like you I have very similar symptoms, especially the palpitations lasting for hours and the low heart rate. But I have lived with heart problems all my life as I was born with congenital heart valve disease, so please don’t worry too much. It can be a long journey - I waited sixty years for an Aortic valve replacement which I had nine years ago. Now I’m off on that journey again but I take each day as it comes and don’t worry about it. Concerned? Yes, a bit but I don’t let it ruin my life. I’ve had nine symptom free years but if the valve needs replacing again then I would go all through it again as you do recover very quickly. Keep positive!

TracyT48 in reply to Rosie1066

Hi Rosie, thank you and yes I know your right. I am determined to keep a positive frame of mind and not to be stressed over it anymore, what comes will come. Thank you so much for your very positive message! Please take care xx

Hi Tracy,

Welcome to the forum, like yourself I joined this forum recently and I found a great place to seek help. Although I have not gone through the same problem as you have but I could feel the anxiety. Like others said you are in good hands and whatever challenge you may have, there are expertise out there to address that challenge.

For me the key was not to let these things bother you and stay positive. I wish you all the best.

TracyT48 in reply to mandm65

Hi Mand,

Yes I have received nothing but positive feedback and advice. I am very glad I found this forum as everyone is so very encouraging and it has given me some peace of mind so thank you! Please take care



Hi Tracy, really wishing you all the best, I'm sure you'll feel much better once your cardiologist can give you a clearer understanding of what's going on. Please get in touch with the BHF if you ever need anything: :)

TracyT48 in reply to Helen_BHF

Hi Helen

Yes I feel once I have more information I will feel better, thank you very much, take care.


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