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??
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