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    Christmas Eve(with the WHOLE family together) we did a lot of laughing and talking(loudly as there were several kids). I found that after about 2 hours, I was so physically exhausted I could barely think straight and I started getting arrhythmias and other symptoms.(I ended up leaving earlier than I had planned).
    At one point I had to go off by myself to settle down because I started to feel really uncomfortable-just from laughing. Anyone else notice anything like this?

    It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.

    Dx in Feb/99. Obstructed. No ICD, no surgeries, no family history. 2 sons ages 14 and 6.

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    Hi Abbygirl Pam,
    It’s very good to read you had a laugh-fest with the family, even if you developed symptoms as a result. Sometimes that is the best medicine of all.

    Talking about symptoms, last week I was reciting the lyrics of an old song for a friend (can’t sing), and I became so SOB I had to stop – and that was just talking. It seems I don’t go anywhere, at any time, where I don’t have symptoms from one thing or another. It’s always a puzzle trying to figure out which malady is causing the problem. Even drives the doctor’s nuts.

    I don’t know who sponsored the tests or why, but they found out that a good belly laugh does wonders for the person. I can’t figure out who would sponsor such research because laughing is free – can’t make a buck that way.

    This reminds me of a dear story about a buck walking up to another buck and asking, “Hey, want to make some dough?” They walked along together until they met a doe, and asked her, “Hey! Want to make a couple of bucks?” (Works better verbally.)

    Take care,


    • #3
      I have had feelings like that before, some of the wierds things or emotions cause me to have arrithmias. When I get that tired, I gotta rest and be in a relaxing, quite place.


      • #4
        Jen and Burt, thanks for your replies. I too get it while talking sometimes, and singing. Pretty much any emotional outburst will bring these feelings on and sometimes it happens for no reason.

        Burt, Christmas is always a hoot at our house. Guarenteed someone will wet their pants(usually grandma.) Its hard not to laugh.
        It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.

        Dx in Feb/99. Obstructed. No ICD, no surgeries, no family history. 2 sons ages 14 and 6.


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          I believe this can be very common among those of us with HCM. Laughing does ssem to put added strain and pressure on the cardiac , respiratory system as well lots of talking seems to do it too . When I was obstructed it was a bit more intense, often feeling like my neck was very tight my head would explode with a very red face very sweaty, and I would get all junky in my chest and nasally congested and SOB. There was also a feeling like I would pass out. Many blipps on the arrythmia scale.

          Now a year plus after myectomy, there are less blips from the heart, there is still SOB but much less, slight pre-syncope, that transitions more quickly in the positive direction. Less congestion, less tightness, a little more chest pain,( probably cause I get too deep into the laughing), still a very red face and the congestion tells me to back down . The sweating is still a very big problem. The sob comes and goes more quickly as well as the fluid is better managed.

          Overall there does definitely appear to be a variation of things that happen during laughing and talking.

          Try to know when to back away and take a break when you can from this great thing called fun.

          Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
          Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
          Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
          SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
          [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
          Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
          Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
          Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin