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  • Fast Beats in different parts of the body...

    I have felt faster beats than my heart in different parts of me including my neck, arm and leg. It goes faster than my heart beat is. Anyone had this?


    Theo
    26 years old, diagnosed April 2005. ICD July 2005.

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    Yup. Pretty common. HCM hearts beat harder than normal and everyone (HCM or not) more pulse points than we realize, so it is "normal" for an HCM to see or feel a pulse strongly.

    If you look at my neck, you can see my pulse. Yick.

    from http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclop...n pulse points

    radial pulse - located on the thumb side of the wrist (radial artery)
    ulnar pulse - located on the little finger side of the wrist (ulnar artery)
    carotid pulse - located in the neck (carotid artery). The carotid artery should be palpated gently. Stimulating its baroreceptors with vigorous palpitation can provoke severe bradycardia or even stop the heart in some sensitive persons. Also, a person's two carotid arteries should not be palpated at the same time, to avoid a risk of fainting or brain ischemia.
    brachial pulse - located between the biceps and triceps, on the medial side of the elbow cavity; frequently used in place of carotid pulse in infants (brachial artery)
    femoral pulse - located in the thigh (femoral artery)
    popliteal pulse - located behind the knee in the popliteal fossa, found by holding the bent knee. The patient bends the knee at approximately 120°, and the physician holds it in both hands to find the popliteal artery in the pit behind the knee.
    dorsalis pedis pulse - located on top of the foot (dorsalis pedis artery)
    tibialis posterior pulse - located in the back of the ankle behind the medial malleolus (tibialis posterior artery).
    temporal pulse - located on the temple directly in front of the ear (temporal artery)
    The ease of palpability of a pulse is dictated by the patient's blood pressure. If his or her systolic blood pressure is below 90 mmHg, the radial pulse will not be palpable. Below 80 mmHg, the brachial pulse will not be palpable. Below 60 mmHg, the carotid pulse will not be palpable. Since systolic blood pressure rarely drops that low, the lack of a carotid pulse usually indicates death. It is not unheard of, however, for patients with certain injuries, illnesses or other medical problems to be conscious and aware with no palpable pulse.

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      Boy,

      I'm glad they had me hooked up to the EKG when my BP crashed to 60/20. I think I would have flipped if I would have checked my pulse to find it missing! Just think conscious but no pulse! When I was first trained in CPR (high school) the instructer told us if someone was breathing with no pulse to run like H#$$!

      I guess I'll just chalk this one up to being a freak!

      Mary S.

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      • #4
        Theo,

        It sounds like you may be noticing an arrhythmia where different parts of the heart contract at different times. For example one ventricle might contract before the other ventricle or the two ventricles contract earlier than they should relative to the two atria. This might cause you to feel two pulses within a single beat of the heart which, I think, gets to the heart of your question!

        It's probably worthwhile to mention this to your physician(s).

        Hope this helps.

        Rob
        --Living life on the edge .. of a continent!
        Charter member: Tinman Club

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