Possible Heart Problem / Coasters?

Tuesday, April 22, 2003 2:49 PM
i was just wondering if anyone has had a similar problem.

every once and awhile for no apparent reason my heart starts to beat extremely fast. i was told that its nothing serious, and just caused by anxiety, and i should be fine to ride thrill rides. but last night i was just hanging out with some friends and it happened. it has me worried since i was just at six flags new england this past saturday riding coasters and i plan on going out later this week.

ive tried searching online and ive scheduled a doctor's appointment for a checkup. just wondering if anyone else has experienced anything similar?


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John
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Tuesday, April 22, 2003 2:59 PM
Sounds like panic attacks to me. I had them in the past when I was under a lot of stress. Doc gave me meds and no more panic attacks :) Your doc will probably do an EKG just to make sure your heart is okay, though.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2003 2:59 PM
Sounds a lot like Tachycardia.

Do you suffer any of these?

You have symptoms such as dizziness, chest pain, or fainting (syncope) that are caused by your fast heart rate?

If so, you're doctor may have you perfrom Vagal Maneuvers to slow your heart rate.

Good Luck! If you have any more question go ahead and ask. I'm not a doctor, but have a medical background :)

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Tuesday, April 22, 2003 3:04 PM
It sounds like it could be anxiety/panic attacks. When you get them do you notice you feel as if you just have to run or have a fear of dying?

I get them all the time, there is medication but the side effects can be worse then the actual attacks. You just need to learn to deal with them and realize that you aren't in danger.

I woudl definitely go see a doctor to get things checked out.

Good Luck.

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S:ROS blew me away

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Tuesday, April 22, 2003 3:04 PM
Maybe this will help you. http://www.sjm.com/conditions/condition.aspx?name=Tachyarrhythmia+(Fast+Heart+Rate)&section=FAQ

I have Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) and haven't had any serious problems with it at all. It's just that your heart beats fast for some reason from the impulse in your ventricles being off, but definitely see a doctor about it to get it under control. He might send you to a cardiologist or take some tests to determine exactly what it is.

It could be a panic attack, but if it "just happened" with no apparent reason to you, I think it sounds like tachycardia. Now that in turn may give you some panic attacks, but just do your best to keep calm and stop and wait for your heart to return to normal.

You can e-mail or IM me if you have any other questions and I hope everything works out! I'll have to tell you my "drop ride" story which many of my enthusiast friends already know. ;)

Edit: I thought you would like to know that I don't have any type of thrill ride/park/coaster limitations at all (or anything else for that matter).

-Danny
*** This post was edited by Koaster King 4/22/2003 7:14:04 PM ***

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Tuesday, April 22, 2003 3:28 PM
Actually Danny whats so bad about Anxiety and Panic attacks is that you get them for no reason. They do "just happen" it sucks horribly.

Some signs are a irrational fear for no reason, wanting to "get out of your skin", hot flashes, naseau, fear to do anything out of your "comfort zone", increased heart beat, shortness of breath etc etc

Basically it is your fight or flight synapses going haywire on you. It is so irrational it's not even funny.

Mine is really set off by claustrophobia, but 95 percent of the time it just happens. My girlfriend gets them really bad, I don't get them half as bad and I freak out, I really feel for her.

Anyway if you don't experience any of these accompanying side effects I would bet that it's not Anxiety/Panic Attacks.

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S:ROS blew me away

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Tuesday, April 22, 2003 3:36 PM
Thanks for letting me know about this Brent. My doctor really misinformed me about panic attacks and anxiety when I asked her about it one time and she said that there's always some type of "trigger".

And you don't have to worry, I get hot flashes too! ;)

-Danny

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Tuesday, April 22, 2003 6:38 PM
As has been said, this sounds like tachycardia. It is not a heart attack coming on. You should see a doctor to be safe, but I doubt it's anything to worry about.

However, you might like to know that we did a research study two years ago, carrying three-lead monitors with us to Kennywood and tracking the heartbeats of several people on the Jackrabbit, Racers, Thunderbolt and Phantom. In all cases where the wearers continued to breathe in and out during the drops, the heart rates would rise 10-15 beats, but remain within safe range, then drop back to normal before the train was very far up the next lift hill or along the next straight stretch. The only exceptions came when wearers held their breath during the drops.
We concluded that roller coasters pose no significant threat to otherwise healthy riders.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2003 9:10 PM
hey everyone, thanks for all the replies. im definately going to see a doctor again. it just got me alittle worried because im only 20 years old, and it happens out of the blue.

hopefully it wont be anything serious.

Jason19 - i actually do feel light headed when it occurs, but ive never actually fainted from it. it's odd when it happens because sometimes ill be fine for months, and other times it'll happen a few times in a week.

Brent - what are some of the side effects to the medicine?

KoasterKing - IM me sometime (calvinj23)...ill do the same.

thanks again everyone. :)

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John
Albany Entertainment
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Wednesday, April 23, 2003 2:08 PM
Beleive it or not the medicine can cause the same problems as the attacks themselves. They can also cause Naseau that basically lasts all the time.

I have learned ways to control them and they don't involve any medication. A lot better to do things like just relaxing, getting your mind immersed in an activity, or putting a cold wash cloth on your head.

You just have to mentally train yourslef to not freak out.

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S:ROS blew me away

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Wednesday, April 23, 2003 3:39 PM
I'll cut in here and say my two cents ;)

I know what it's like about heart problems. I actually have a pacemaker. Have had it since I was 8 years old. Now I'm 21 and I'm still kickin' just fine!

What I would say is to just be careful. My doctor always tells me not to ride any rollercoasters, but me being me, I still do anyway. Turns out that I'm fine with the G-Forces. If you do indeed have SVT, make sure you research it.

I basically have the same thing (ventricals not synching together -- because my heart surgeon messed up) and hence, a pacemaker. Do some research and get multiple doctor opinions and then draw your own conclusions. That's the best you probably can do.

Good luck and hope you can ride those coasters!

-Shawn Bailes

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