I posted in the afib group and never got a response so I'm hoping someone will chime in here.
I'm a 36 yr old female in good health, supposedly. I had a very active lifestyle my entire life, extreme sports, etc. Sometime about 7 years ago, I started experiencing extreme fatigue that hindered my daily life. I saw specialist after specialist to try to find an answer. I was no longer able to do the things I've enjoyed forever. I wanted to do them, I just had no energy. I'm not out of shape, I'm not overweight. I had every kind of test known to man done and found nothing.
Recently, I began to think maybe it's my heart. The one area I haven't looked into. My grandfather has afib and I've done 23andMe genetic testing and that is the thing at the top of the list for me. I have a very high (1 in 4) chance of developing afib, based on my genes.
When I try to do anything, basic exercise, I am out of breath and extremely exhausted to the point where I feel like I am about to pass out. People notice and mention it to me, that's how obvious it is. I recently purchased a Rhythm+ heart monitor and got an elliptical. My resting heart rate is always between 57-65, indicating I'm in good shape. However, the very moment I start to do anything, it shoots way up. On the elliptical, with the lowest resistance setting, at the lowest speed I can go without the machine stopping, my heart rate instantly shoots up to 160-170, maybe more. I'm purposely going as slow as I can to try to get my heart rate into a lower zone but I'm always in the red zone. The moment I stop exercising, my heart rate drops back down to 100 or less within a min. So I have a very fast recovery rate, which again would indicate that I'm in good shape. So why does it shoot so high during minimal effort?
I just started seeing a cardiologist. I get the impression that he doesn't think anything is wrong with me. I did an EKG in the office (few seconds) and it was fine. I did an echocardiogram yesterday, it was good. Today, I am getting an event monitor that I will wear for a month.
Other symptoms that I have are that I easily get out of breath, sometimes I am not even doing any exercise, just sitting, and I feel like I can't get a deep enough breath. I have palpitations sometimes. I get dizzy sometimes, especially upon standing, and have passed out on rare occasion (sometimes this occurs without standing). I've always had very bad circulation and my hands and feet are always cold, my legs go numb quite often, I'm constantly having to change positions because of my legs going numb, and I get tingly sensations in my hands and feet.
Does anyone know what could cause these symptoms? Any insight is appreciated. Thanks.
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