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Instant tachycardia from the cold?


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I think I may have asked a similar question before, but I can't seem to find the post!

I was feeling pretty well this afternoon. My pulse was in the 70s/80s sitting and standing today so I decided to go outside to run a couple of errands. I was OK at the store across the street, and then I went outside and walked almost a block and felt my heart start to pound. I looked down at my heart watch and my pulse was 120. It's definitely not the worst tachy I'd had, but it scared me enough to make me come home. I mean who knows how high it would've gone.

I am wondering whether this was totally because of the weather, because when I came inside my HR went back into the 90's. I think this has happened to me a few times before. I know that POTS patients can be sensitive to the cold just as the warm weather, but do any of you get so tachy right away after being outside for just a few min?

Can't wait for winter to be over,

Rita :P

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Hi Rita, yes, my body thermostat is very funky so feeling cold, being in the cold can trigger a very fast heart rate in me. If you want to get a grip on the "normal" workings of your heart over the day you may want to consider using a heart monitor. You will soon learn that certain body movements, foods, temperature changes will trigger a little upswing.

You may be a bit dehydrated, you may be tired, you may be coming down or fighting a virus...

Wait and watch to see any pattern. Keep us up to date meanwhile...

Please don't loose any sleep over this or miss out watching any of the golden globes!!! :P

warm regards, tearose

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I definitely get more tachycardic walking in the cold--with the lovely added benefit of increased chest discomfort/pressure as well. (I never--or rarely--get any chest discomfort in warmer temps [higher than 40 degrees] but I almost always do in the cold.) It's definitely a bummer.

Remember, it's OK to put off til tomorrow or next week what you can do today. That seems to be my motto these days, as I stare and stare at these piles of paperwork!

stay warm,

merrill

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I know I read somewhere that people with angina can have it brought on by the cold, so I'd guess that anything heart-related could be brought on by that kind of weather.

Try to stay warm. I'm freezing my tail off here in Wisconsin.

Amy

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Thanks guys. I do feel better (as I always do) after reading your posts. I think it's supposed to be warmer next weekend so I will wait until then to finish up my errands... :(

Tearose, what kind of heart monitor do you have? I've got a Polar heart watch.

Thanks,

Rita

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Heat is much worse in the sense that I get tachy right away. It's an instant reaction to heat. But lately if I'm in the cold for an extended time or if it's really cold out I can get tachy.

If I had to make a choice, be out on a really hot day for an hour or a really cold day I'd still pick the cold day.

GayleP

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Guest Julia59

I can't stay in the cold for more the a couple of minutes---it triggers all kinds of lovely pots symptoms. My HR also become irregular.

My guess---and only a guess.......

Since the ANS also controls body temperature, I think we are more prone to hypo thermia---due to the fact we are unable to warm ourselves like a person who does not have ANS dysfunction. One of the first symptoms of hypo thermia is arrithmia.

Julie :0)

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How ya doin Rita?

Are you still zipping at a tacy pace?

I too have a polar heart rate monitor. (I have three actually.) I use one from when I get dressed in the morning till I get ready for bed. It is one way to keep my mind on my activities and not on what my heart is doing. If I am out doing errands and I start "beeping" I know to slow down a bit or to sit down for a bit. It has been so freeing to have the monitor!!!

When do you use yours?

best regards, hope you are feeling better, tearose

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Tearose,

You're so sweet to check in on me. For some reason I've been more dizzy and tachy than normal over the past few days. I have had few other weird symptoms, like dry, scaly hands, too. I am extra nervous, beacuse I have been slowly tapering off my florinef over the past 4 months, and I am down to the last quarter pill. The last 2 times I tried this, I crashed. So right now I am just loading up on salt and fluids and hoping that I'm not headed for a potshole... :) Will keep you posted.

I usually have the heart monitor on unless I am just sitting around (or sleeping) at home. It's been a total lifesaver...

By the way, I didn't get the chance to respond to your eariler posts, but congrats on how you handled the situation with the NY dr and Mayo!

-Rita

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Merrill,

I started having BP spikes in late Oct. which made me really tired all the time and very sick a couple of times. So I had to try reducing again, which my docs have been telling me to do since the summer anyway (and then Mayo agreed). I wasn't sure if I was going to go off all the way, but my BP kept spiking even at the lower dose of florinef. So now it is Jan and I am almost off it! No more spikes, and less headaches and nausea too. But we'll see what happens when I go off totally?.

I am still on atenolol. I still get those darn tachy attacks, so I don't see myself going off it anytime soon?. :)

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Hi Rita, keep hanging in!

Martha asked about the heart rate monitor...She asked where we got them Rita...

I got two from the store "Sports Authority" and one from a fitness store. Mine are years old and doing fine. I forget where you got yours Rita.

keep warm, tearose

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