I’m not saying don’t worry about it but I have had chest pains for days after this stuff.
I bought a cardiac monitor on amazon and everything is fine.
This is a six lead EKG so about as good as you can get at home. And I think it’s the only one FDA approved.
AliveCor® KardiaMobile 6L | FDA-Cleared | Wireless 6-Lead EKG | Works with Smartphone | Detects AFib or Normal Heart Rhythm in 30 Seconds https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RQW6SD5/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_8KJLEbX27N1GJ
I got you.
Comes with a valve to deflate your belly, too!
I have AFib, medication manages it and my cardiologist said it will not harm me as long as it's under control, it may become more of a worry after 60.
See a cardiologist and you'll be fine. I did go through testing and wore a holter monitor before diagnosis. I also bought https://www.amazon.com/KardiaMobile-Single-Lead-Personal-Monitor-FDA-Cleared/dp/B01A4W8AUK/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_sspa?adgrpid=56419504979&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIhZHY8cKf-wIVmjizAB2fCAH7EAAYASAAEgKRd_D_BwE&hvadid=274797286041&hvdev=m&hvlocphy=9... to monitor and my docs think it's great.
I'm not sure what you're trying to monitor but this thing was recommended by my cardiologist and does a pretty good job. It's not continuous like the watch though.
If you're insured/can afford it, go on and see a cardiologist. It wouldn't hurt, especially with your apple watch results. They'll most likely give you a Holter monitor, echocardiogram, and/or a stress ekg test. Very standard workup that's not an inconvenience and helps rule out alot.
If you're particularly worried, you can get a Kardia device that can help you see if your heart is in a weird rhythm when you feel these episodes. I use it when I feel my heart rate spike inappropriately and you can send the readings to your cardiologist.
Great advice from WiseChoices. Something else you could add to your shopping list is a 6-lead EKG. It'll help rule out heart palpitations/AF -> https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07RQW6SD5/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1#customerReviews Does not replace the ER's 12 lead EKGs, but it does help the anxiety of thinking it could be something heart related.
I also bought myself the BLATN air quality meter to test my air at home. PM 2.5/10 (so dust/pollen/dirt/etc in the air, plus TVOCs like mold, chemicals, etc).
Also try to get yourself seen by a pulmonologist ASAP (it took me like 3 weeks to be seen for similar symptoms... also went to the ER several times myself. "Not a heart attack, not covid, go home." So I feel your pain and frustration). I suggest you go to a minute clinic tomorrow if you can, they'll likely give you an albuterol inhaler with your symptoms. That'll hopefully help with any excruciating flare ups while you wait to see a lung doc.
It also wouldn't hurt to do an assessment of your work and home air quality. When were your air ducts last cleaned, any signs of mold or do you live in a high humidity environment where mold could thrive? Mold can thrive and hide underneath carpet if your home's humidity is high. They have some good options on Amazon for HEPA filters with UV lights to kill germs/potential mold spores.
Best of luck OP. Always feel welcome to share what's going on. I found being on here really helped me mentally, knowing there's people here who know exactly how we feel and care.
I bought this Greater Goods home blood pressure monitor: https://www.amazon.com/Greater-Goods-Pressure-Monitor-Balance/dp/B00N9I63PG a year ago and it's truly excellent. It's accurate, easy to use, has a memory for two users, not complicated—all in all, well designed, well thought-through product.
I’ve also had health related anxiety. Are you able to exercise? Do you feel worse after exercise? If not, then you’re likely just fine. You can take an ekg and get an automatic interpretation with this device: https://www.amazon.com/KardiaMobile-Personal-Device-Heart-Monitor/dp/B07RQW6SD5/ref=dp_prsubs_1?pd_rd_i=B07RQW6SD5&psc=1
I'd add, if you are buying a smart watch, get one that monitors for AFib, or get something like this (https://www.amazon.ca/AliveCor-1141-Kardia-Mobile/dp/B01A4W8AUK/) Afib is no fun either.
This is the one I bought just a few weeks ago. It has worked really well well. Seems to be accurate, easy to use, and easy to synch the readings with my phone. Definitely recommend.
OMRON Silver Blood Pressure Monitor, Upper Arm Cuff, Digital Bluetooth Blood Pressure Machine, Stores Up To 80 Readings https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RYBKNC2/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_i_QD2FVBK9WRKSNTCD57QQ?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Greater Goods Blood Pressure Monitor Cuff Kit by Balance, Digital BP Meter with Large Display, Upper Arm Cuff, Set Also Comes with Tubing and Device Bag https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N9I63PG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_0PMCS1KXT25YPNJR2EJS?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
This is what we have. “ Greater Goods Blood Pressure Monitor Cuff Kit by Balance, Digital BP Meter with Large Display, Upper Arm Cuff, Set Also Comes with Tubing and Device Bag “
use this. How much weight have you gained? Is this a new weight category for you? It'll definitely cause shortness of breath, not necessarily gear related. Are you getting your LISS in?
So you’re looking for something like this? Omron Healthcare HEM-907-CL19 Cuff/Bladder Set for HEM-907/907XL BP Unit, Large () https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0008E49BE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_DFAABR5WS0KQYQCH1C5R?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I have to admit the OMRON evolve does not fit my upper arm. I use it on the forearm just below the elbow and it is accurate according to my doctor
i use this one from amazon, its good if you’re looking for a fairly cheap one. i compared it to the one at my doctors office and its pretty accurate and comes with a case to bring it with you on the go! it also alerts you if you’re tachycardic, having heart palpitations, etc.
If you are suffering from afib, you could also get a Kardia device. They are really expensive for what they are and in this case, showing in the app that you have afib or any other heart issues won't be classed as a diagnosis, but will get you in the door at a cardiologist.
AFAIK it is considered a gray area/market. unlike testosterone, which is a schedule 3 controlled substance (same as ketamine, for reference), estradiol and other transfem-relevant medications are not illegal to possess without a prescription; it's the dispensing without confirming the buyer has a prescription that's illegal. I've heard stories of US customs seizing people's packages (you can find them here on reddit) and sending warnings in the mail, but never of any further action. basically, and especially if you just use a different name on the address, it's not worth anyone's time to try to nail you with something. in any case, to get anywhere they'd have to prove that you ordered it and that you didn't have a prescription at the time. but if someone at customs decides to fuck with you by seizing the package anyway there's not much you can do besides try again. personally, I've ordered bicalutamide and estradiol online from https://alldaychemist.com, and the box came clearly labeled "PERSONAL SUPPLY MEDICATION" with a slip of paper included accurately listing the contents. wasn't touched by customs.
as for any adverse effects due to these medications, I can only say to be be careful and do your own research. if you're worried about the QTc prolongation specifically, you might want to get one of these https://www.amazon.com/Alivecor%C2%AE-KardiaMobile-Wireless-Detection-Smartphones/dp/B01A4W8AUK/.
I'm going through something similar. Randomly triggered an Afib attack a few years ago during a basketball game after i had some energy drink. I will now experience palpitations and arrhythmias during periods of high stress and anxiety, especially if I have been trying to compensate for poor sleep by drinking more coffee.
For what its worth, caffeine irritates me far more than alcohol does, and I have switched to decaf and generally cut out caffeine altogether. I try not to drink on consecutive days, and keep it to 1-2 small pours when I do. Lately however, I tend to drink barrel proof stuff so it adds up fast.
If you do have a heart condition like I do, I highly recommend getting one of these. I use it to record my heartbeat when I am feeling off, and it saves into a PDF that I can send to my cardiologist in real time.
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Do you use a wrist or a upper arm monitor? I ask bc I always had problems with my wrist monitor and my doctor said to use the upper arm. Especially bc it's supposed to be aligned with your heart, which is easier to do on you upper arm if you're doing it lying down or standing.
If you decide it's faulty, I recommend this one: Omron Silver It's a bit pricey (around $50) but was recommended by my cardiologist and has been very accurate and reliable. Also sends all your readings to an app and you can email a report to your doctor, which is nice.
I used to have very low BP, now thanks to my CGRP migraine meds, I have a slightly high BP, and either way, it's always given me an accurate reading.
High blood pressure typically has no symptoms. That's why they call it "the silent killer." Still, it's probably a good idea to have an at home blood pressure cuff to monitor yourself, that way you can understand your baselines and will be able to know if changes to medication or diet/lifestyle are having an effect.
I use this cuff and it's accurate and stores your results or sends them to an app. The same brand makes more affordable options too. Just don't get a wrist BP cuff, they're not very accurate. I do it reclining most mornings before breakfast and then do it lying, then sitting, then standing once a week.
I had that same wrist cuff and it was crazy inaccurate. It started off okay but within a few weeks it was going from high to low and also giving me weirdly low readings. I got an upper arm monitor (Omron Silver) and it is much more consistent. When I took them both to my next doctor's appointment, the upper arm monitor was almost exactly what the Dr's cuff read and the wrist was waaayyy off. My doc also said to wait one minute between readings. Also, don't move your arm, or the other arm aside from to push the start button, during the reading. Having your dog squish you can alter your BP (I have experience with dog squishing, practically an expert, lol.). Even the pressure from a full bladder can increase your BP a significant amount (like 15/10 higher).
I don't know if your EDS is hEDS or not, but I have hypermobility and sometimes when my chest hurts, it's actually my rib cartilage getting mad about something (again with the dog squishing...) it's called costochondritis. Sometimes it's also GERD from the amount of eating salt and lying down I do, and I just need a handful of tums. So I'm not saying that you shouldn't worry about chest pain, obviously if you think your heart is in serious distress, go to the ER, but just know that there can be less scary causes.
The general belief is that a young female is "too young" to have "real" heart problems.
I have a terminal heart condition that was diagnosed in my early teens. DM me for suggestions on how to talk to doctors without getting labeled as crazy or difficult.
Please buy this ecg machine. It's totally legit even though you wouldn't think that little do dah was a real ecg. I s. It also sends irregular ecgs to a doctor when you ask it to--so if her heart rate shoots up, capture the ecg, and you can send it to a doctor immediately, 24/7. heart problems.
Buy this ecg machine. It sticks to your phone or you can just keep it in your purse. It's totally legit even though you wouldn't think that little do dah was a real ecg. I highly recommend it so you have a record to show the doctors. It also sends irregular ecgs to a doctor when you ask it to--so if her heart rate shoots up, capture the ecg, and you can send it to a doctor immediately. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01A4W8AUK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_sWINFbWZX9XTM
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As others will say, keep seeing a doctor instead of the internet but...
It may be worth a small investment in a AliveCor KardiaMobile 6L or a similar device. Then you can take your own EKGs at home and possibly catch something that is intermittent. There are certain heart issues like a Left Bundle Branch Block (LBBB) that will cause the device to be unable to classify an issue but at least you'll have a history of EKGs to show your doctor at your next visit.
I have the same exact problem. I agree with everyone else who suggested buying an at home blood pressure kit. I got this one on Amazon and it’s great. It’s not a wrist cuff and it even came batteries. It wasn’t expensive and the device saves your readings which is helpful!
My doctor recommended I check my blood pressure every other week. (It’s currently under control with weight loss and a diuretic which is why he only recommends every other week) he recommended going to a pharmacy or grocery store to check my blood pressure but I even get nervous there. All I can think about is times in the past when I’ve gone there and it’s been high and it stresses me out.
So I ordered the at home one, and my routine is this: every time I go to take it, I make sure I’ve had a lot of water that day, haven’t eaten anything crazy high in sodium (well that’s the goal every day now!) and I’m taking it before I’ve had my coffee. I sit on my couch for about five minutes, chill and scroll on my phone on mindless stuff. Then after that, I do a quick, five minute meditation to clear my brain from stressing about my blood pressure. I sit with my arm on the arm of my couch, nice and relaxed, arm facing up and I have my blood pressure taken with calming music playing. Over the top? Yup 😆 but it works! It’s significantly higher at doctors offices, and my heart rate isn’t crazy high like it is when they’re taking it at the doctors. Good luck!
If you are concerned about heart issues, this this is supposed to be really good AliveCor KardiaMobile 6L | FDA-Cleared | Wireless 6-Lead EKG | Works with Smartphone | Detects AFib or Normal Heart Rhythm in 30 Seconds https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RQW6SD5/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_JuAqFbRPQFAGE
It was very random for me. Sometimes, I would have it once every few months. Sometimes, I would have it once a week. I had an ablation done through a catheter. It was very simple. During the procedure, they trigger episodes while you're under an XRay to identify where it's coming from and why. Then, based on that decide what to do. The reason I had the ablation, is that the medication did not work well for me. How we treat Tachycardia has changed recently. So if you haven't seen a cardiologist recently for the problem, I would recommend doing so. The treatment options in the last 20 years have changed. Buy a heart monitor like this one to capture the episode and share with your doctor: https://www.amazon.com/Alivecor%C2%AE-KardiaMobile-Wireless-Detection-Smartphones/dp/B01A4W8AUK/ref=sr_1_3?crid=2S0CJYEYBANLF&dchild=1&keywords=kardia+mobile+heart+monitor&qid=1595126797&sprefix=kardia%2Caps%2C224&sr=8-3 Some smartwatches can also capture EKGs that doctors are comfortable using. Check if your smartwatch is one of them. Your doctor may recommend wearing a heart monitor for a few weeks to properly capture your rhythm.
Your primary care doctor will be able to order preliminary testing while you wait for an appointment from a cardiologist. Since I knew I was getting the procedure, I purposely bought an insurance plan for the year that would fully cover it. I will be changing my plan next year.
I bought one from Amazon that was the wrist type- no good. This one will cut off circulation a bit but you get an accurate read. https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07RYBKNC2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_2wVqFbDF89TDR
I highly recommend getting your own little BP/ heart rate monitoring device and doing a poor man's tilt table test, particularly in the morning (but be careful to sit down before you possibly pass out, preferably have someone there to take measurements).
The technology exists, it's not expensive either. We're talking sub-100$
and this shit is trusted by cardiologists.