Effects of STOPPING Smoking??

Rob62
By Rob62 Latest Reply 2011-03-18 02:22:54 -0500
Started 2011-02-19 05:09:23 -0600

I quit smoking (2-3 pks. daily for 23 yrs.) a little over 2 years ago and STILL do not have full lung capacity. Don't drink alcohol, consume caffeine or take any drugs (prescription or ANY others). I have irregular heart beats for no apparent reason (that started about a year ago) and sometimes my heart will race to 130-40 beats per minute, steadily and real hard, for several minutes - again for no apparent reason and when it returns to normal, I feel hot and tired. This can happen daily or it can NOT happen for a week or more and generally does not happen more than twice daily when it does occur. I stop ALL activity when this happens and sit quietly until my heart rate falls back down. Had a stress test, echo test and CT scan about 2 years ago and they came back normal with the wording, "Your Heart is functioning well as a pump". Why then, the irregular heartbeat(s) followed by the tiredness and hotness (sweating)?? Cholesterol levels normal and no high blood pressure. 48 yrs. old with no medical history of heart disease. Ulcerative Colitis diagnosed 20+ years ago but under control with no medication. Can the irregular heartbeats be caused by my quitting smoking - even after two years? Also, I do not suffer from anxiety and/or panic attacks. Thoughts??
Rob


5 replies

rebekka010305
rebekka010305 2011-03-18 02:22:54 -0500 Report

I had the same symptoms and by mistake a lab tech ran my thyroid levels and they were off the charts, even though I had them tested regularly and were always normal. I was then diagnosed with Grave's Disease and had 2 radioactive iodine treatments to "kill" my thyroid. I took high dose inderall to help control the arrhythmia for about 6 months until my thyroid was finally under control. You may want to consider having your thyroid levels checked.

BUGME2
BUGME2 2011-03-16 16:24:45 -0500 Report

HI ROB,I HAD AN ARRHYTHMIA ATTACK AFER THEY PUT A STENT IN MY HEART,IT WAS A SCARY THING TO GO THROUGH.I HAVEN'T HAD ONE SINCE THEN,THAT'S BEEN8MONS.AGO.I STILL HAVE A LITTLE PAIN SOMETIMES,BUT I DON'T GO TO DOC.I ALSO HAVE ACID REFLUX REALLY BAD,AND ON THE DAY I HAD MY ATTACK I THOUGHT I WAS HAVING AN ACID REFLUX SYMPTOM,UNTIL MY JAW STARTED HURTING AND THEN I CALLED 911 AFTER A WEEK OF VERY UNCOMFORTABLE PAIN.I CAN'T TELL YOU ABOUT YOUR TIREDNESS OR SWEATING ,I AM HAVING THOSE SYPTOMS WITH THE HOT FLASHERS I HAVE.BUT I DO HAVE AN EXALLENT DOCTOR.WHO CARES!!

Rob62
Rob62 2011-03-15 10:15:48 -0500 Report

After nearly a month of my inquiry being Posted and 0 replies, I certainly cannot feel the caring and compassion of the (apparent) 54 viewers that at least "looked at the page" that contained what I typed. VERY discouraging…
Rob

HeartHawk
HeartHawk 2011-03-15 23:09:18 -0500 Report

Rob,

Sorry about that, must have missed this. A heart rate of 130-140 BPM is definitely something to focus on. If your doc has given up it is time to find a new doc.

The only real problem is that that are so many root causes of tachycardia (rapid heartbeat) that it can be exhausting to find the needle in the haystack. Some docs just dpn't have hte stamina and patience.

I have seen your symptom in the literature and other boards. I am suprised your doc did not order a 24-hour Holter Monitor (lbasically a 24 hour recording of your heart beat). Find one who will. This is a first-line diagnostic for arrythmias of unknon origin.

HH

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