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I wonder if you could help me please.I've been feeling 'not right' for about 1year-decreasing exercise tolerance, tiredness, dizzy spells, tightness in chest (central and right sided), pain with cough/sneeze/deep breath. I felt v. unwell 4 weeks ago and GP sent me to hospital where I was diagnosed with pericarditis. I have been taking diclofenac and colchicine which appeared to help but now that I'm tapering them down discomfort is returning. I'm just so tired. My ECG had t wave abnormalities? and my holter showed "12 beat run of supraventricular ectopics/SVT". I used to be an international athlete(rowing) but now simply keep myself fit-I know that I'm just'not right' as I've been having to stop 3/4 times when out running and dizzy post exercise/up stairs.I don't socialise as much because tired.I have been resting for last 4 weeks but just feel tired.I'm restless at night+feel sick alot of time (never am sick though).Could you help me understand the Holter test and what's wrong please?


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replied August 9th, 2010
Heart Disease and Heart Attack Answer A15060
Hi,
Welcome to the forum. I am really glad to help you out. The symptoms that you have mentioned are known to occur in pericarditis. The most common type of pericarditis known to occur is viral pericarditis and usually it heals in around 4 weeks. However, bacterial and tubercular pericarditis takes much longer to heal. Supraventricular tachycardia means as follows “supraventricular – a rhythm disturbance from the above the ventricles or from the atria (the upper chambers of the heart) and tachycardia means a “rapid heart rate”.

Such rhythm disturbances are known to occur in patients of pericarditis but gradually these go away once the healing takes place. Moreover, this rhythm disturbance is a benign type of rhythm disturbance and thus nothing to worry about the same. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.




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