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Motherly
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   Posted 5/19/2009 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, does anyone's heart ever quiver for just a second with their anxiety? Ever since I had my daughter (almost 15 yrs ago) I get all kinds of wierd heart beats. After 10 years of several stress tests, stress echo's, EKG's, I was diagnosed with PVC's. There is nothing physically wrong with my heart. Lately I seem to get a quiver like once or twice a day. We have had a very long winter in NJ this year and I am NOT a winter person. I am chalking it up to anxiety over the weather but just wanted to check with someone else. Thanks!!

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   Posted 5/19/2009 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi...yes I have that all the time.  I too have had all the heart tests too and it's just anxiety.  It's disturbing but not dangerous.  I live in Central NY so I 'get' the long winters.  It's still cold here and we had a deep frost last night.  I do think feeling housebound for so many months jacks up the ole anxiety.

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Motherly
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   Posted 5/19/2009 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Donna, I thought it would be anxiety but just wanted to double check with other people. Why is it that we always get different symptoms?? :-) At least if it was the same symptom I would know that I was already tested, everything is normal blah, blah, blah. Then I get a different symptom. I don't want to keep running do the Dr for the same tests. I will just wait and see to make sure it doesn't happen more often. Hope it warms up for us!!

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   Posted 5/19/2009 2:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never heard the heart beat described as a "quiver". Can you be more specific? I get the racing heart and what feels like a fluttering or skipped beat.
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Motherly
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   Posted 5/19/2009 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
It feels like my heart shivers for a second. It's not a thump thump, it's not a beat at all for just a second. It feels like a gas bubble coming up the middle of my chest between my breasts.

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   Posted 5/20/2009 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Motherly

I would certainly talk with your physician if your "heart quivers" have increased. You stated you have been dx in the past with PVC so perhaps you are having short runs of Ventricular Tachycardia, just a thought not trying to dx you. [img]/community/emoticons/smhair.gif[/img] .

Also you mentioned a gas bubble..........do you have a hx of heartburn or GERD?

Yes anxiety may be your culprit but ruling out a medical reason for you increase in sx would be wise IMHO.

Take care,
Kitt

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   Posted 5/20/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
i used to get the quivers - i have pvc's too - my cardiologist says they are nothing to worry about.....i always notice them when its very quiet and i'm lying down......don't worry :)

Motherly
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   Posted 5/22/2009 8:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, that's what I was thinking, especially since I've had several tests that all showed my heart being normal. But after a while it get's you second guessing!!
Thanks for the input.

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   Posted 5/22/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   

Motherly,

Just wondering if you are going to follow up with your physician to discuss your  concerns? :)

It may be the key that helps you to decrease your anxiety re the "quivers"

I wish you peace,

Kitt


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   Posted 6/2/2009 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello!

I am so glad to know that someone else has this problem!!  I have been scared to death.

I have had SVT for 35 years, but recently I began to get the heart "quivers" also, and it seems to happen quite often.  I take Tambocor and Toprol XL to control my heartbeat, but this quivering in my chest is something new.

I just had several thousand dollars worth of tests this past week, and everything came out ok.  I asked my cardiologist about the quivering and he said it was nothing to do with my heart.  He said he even has it. So I guess if he has it, and says it's nothing, that must be true. I Hope!!

But, more importantly...what do I do about it?  Why has it started doing it after all the years and how do I make it go away?

Thanks!!!

 


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   Posted 6/3/2009 12:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had every possible symptom of anxiety. You will get used to one, not be afraid of it anymore and another arises. You go through the same things with the new symptoms. The fear, the doctor visits, etc. It's a vicious cycle. It's difficult to accept that a strange feeling in the heart area can be harmless, but it's true. PVC's are nothing to be worried about. They are premature heart beats. Worrying about them can make them happen more. Also, caffeine, fatty foods, MSG, some medications, stress, etc. Try to relax and know you're okay!
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   Posted 10/26/2009 12:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm on here because I've had about 10 heart 'quivers' in the last 6 hours.

Apparently these are called Premature Venctricular Contractions. I started experiencing them 7 years ago after my mother died. Since then I experience a few a week on average. In my case, they are clearly connected to anxiety. Tonight I keep on thinking about a horrible situation between friends, surely the cause of so many quivers occuring.

Things that I've found trigger them:
-Caffeine
-Alchohol
-Worrying about the heart quivers
-Suppressed anxiety

My theory on why I experience heart quivers/palpitations/flutters, when other people do not: It is my body's way for unconscious anxiety to manifest. Many people tense their muscles unconsciously as a manifestation of mental tension. I've trained myself to not do this and always keep my body as relaxed as possible. So not allowing anxiety to tense my skeletal muscles, the biological/molecular mechanisms set in motion by anxiety must go elsewhere- to a muscle I don't have control over i.e. my heart.

In the biological world, anxiety is a call to action for creatures. But so much of what triggers anxiety in our modern complex world cannot be resolved by immediate physical action.

PVC's can only be serious if they are accompanoed by:
-Shortness of breath
-Lightheaded-ness
-Chest pain

Letting anxiety linger is a major cause of my PVC's, and probably most people too. I am going to work on expressing my feelings more and finding physical vents for them. Either that or I should just let my shoulders tense-up again!

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   Posted 4/30/2010 1:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I also get heart quivers but mine are while iam sleeping . Every time i get them they will wake me up . It feels like me whole body is shaking a little but once i get up or move they quit . Iam on toprol 50 mg and i think its the meds . My heart rate is between 50 an 60 beats but when iam relaxing it gets slower I to have had all the test and my 1 doc tells me i have a very strong heart just likes to double beat thats why iam on the meds . I also suffer from anixiety so maybe iam just letting it out more when iam sleeping , who knows .

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   Posted 4/30/2010 4:52 PM (GMT -6)   
i really dont know why they happen i just know i sure dont like them at all
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   Posted 5/2/2010 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
i too have palpatations/quivers sometimes,,, there very annoying my cardiologist told me my heart is fine but to quite caffeine items and have decaff tea or coffee and drink no coka cola too x
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   Posted 7/10/2011 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
 I am a nurse and this just started for me today.  That is the reason I decided to get on the computer and try to do some research before running to my doctor.  The anxiety definately rings true, My oldest daughter just asked if she and my grandaughter could move back home and in with us.  I have been getting ready for this all weekend.  My husband and I have a small home and I have a 10 year old still at home.  I did not realize that I was quiete so anxious about this but I do keep things in.  With my single dad living next door, my daugher and grandaughter moving back home and the hospital where I work being taken over by another hospital I guess my anxiety is through the roof.  My question is can anyone suggest what I can do or a different medication that they have found to work?  I have been on Celexa for years it was increased about 6 months ago to 40 mg daily.  But I guess its not working.  I have an appointment with my primary care doctor in a couple of weeks and would like to have some information on hand.  Thanks for the input.

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   Posted 7/10/2011 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   

Welcome to the Anxiety and Panice Forum , pull up a chair and stay a while. We love to have you here, feel free to post your thoughts and comments. You have posted to a thread that is older so do feel free to start a thread of your own.

Anxiety is always lurking for those of us with a dx of anxiety so I can see where a change in your life can cause your anxiety to rise. Perhaps the Celexa just pooped out on you.  The close med to Celexa would be Lexapro.  You may want to discuss this with your physician.

Also self help tools are great.  Take a look at our thread at the top of the page and you will find many ideas on how to manage you anxiety.  There is an online CBT that many members use.

Kindly,

Kitt


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   Posted 7/10/2011 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I too have the pvc's dr says it's caused by anxiety, and it's true if I obsess about them, eg thinking when the next one will happen they seem to happen more....best wishes
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