I am a 27yo male, weigh around 85 kg. In the last week or so I have noticed that when I am resting I can feel that my pulse is strong. I can't feel it when I put my hand on my chest, it doesn't make my chest rise, I can just feel it inside me. When I stop and stand still, I can usually feel it if I focus on it, but I don't seem to feel it if I am on the move. As far as I am aware, you are not supposed to be aware of your heart beat when resting. I have a resting heart rate of around 60bpm, even when I can feel my heart beat, and had my blood pressure taken last week and it was 120/60, which the doctor said was good. I have for the last few years or so drank more or less every weekend, pretty heavily, but have stopped completely 3 weeks ago. Is it possible I have messed up my body chemistry and my body is now trying to get used to the change? I thought it may have been due to lack of sleep/ sleep disruptions, but the last few nights i've had at least 8 hours. I haven't had any caffeine since Saturday, i thought it may have been something to do with that but I still feel the strong pulse. I've been eating healthy, I run and workout more or less every day, although I haven't for the last couple days. I have been around people with the cold, is it possible this could be a symptom of me having the cold or a viral infection, even though I'm not displaying many other symptoms other than feeling slightly tired? Sometimes, i will just feel one or two strong beats and then it's normal again and I cant feel it, but as far as i'm aware when this happens, I don't skip a beat. Do you have any idea what could be causing me to experience this? I have been under a fair amount of stress recently and do get racing thoughts/anxiety to an extent but not with a fast heart beat. I have also been experiencing some other kind of chest discomfort in that there can be a slight pain on the left side of my chest, which I can normally pinpoint, lasts for no more than a few seconds, and I think it changes with movement. I can bring it on with tensing my chest, I put it down before to working out but I am wondering if it could be related. I've been told that pain in the chest that lasts only a second or two is not related to heart pain. Is this correct?
Why have I recently become aware that my pulse is strong (not fast) , mostly when I am resting?
- 19 Jan 2016 by jonnyutah1988
- 20 January 2016
- arrhythmia, heart, male, pulse, chest, hand
Added 19 Jan 2016:
Also, I think I have something of an overactive bladder, I have done my whole life, it just means that I go to the toilet more so than most other people normally do. Is it possible that I have an electrolyte imbalance because of this and this has contributed to me having the strong pulse? I have noticed the strong pulse before, but only if I've been hungover, so I always put it down to that.
Ok, I have had a major heart attack, have Ventricular Tachycardia also. I also have Generalized Anxiety. WHEN I have started focusing on my heart beating, I have the same symptoms you are describing. There are times I can lay down and feel a strong heartbeat, but it isn't abnormal. You are looking for something that is causing it, chest pains come form so many different things. Try if you can NOT to focus on this for several days, divert your attention and say it's ok. See if that changes things, if not, have a EKG to just be sure. I write this out of 53 years of experience as well as loosing my father recently to a massive heart attack who never had one symptom. I have been right where you are many times, but usually it is my anxiety causing it. Best wishes, try NOT to search so much and see if things change any.
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