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   Posted 5/20/2010 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Today I underwent a exercise ecg and although my heart responds well to exercise on recovery the cardiologist said there were ectopics but that they were harmless...everyone gets them. I was looking at recovery heart rate and I found ectopics post - exercise and the article said that ectopics after exercise are more dangerous than those during. My question is this...are there different types of ectopic and should i be worried even though the specialist wasn't. I was feeling so good until I read that article. I didn't know there were different types of ectopic beats and so I never asked what kind I had. I have sorely went from being reassureed to frightened.
I just posted this in heart disease forum too. So confused now and wished id known at the time today. Doctor told me he thought my pains were from fibro and suggested pregbalin and amitryptaline but then he told me i had ectopics in cooling down period and low blood pressure so i went lookin for remedies for low bp found increase salt intake and water then i looked at ectopics :( shakehead

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   Posted 5/20/2010 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I have pvc's - about 15,000 a day. Mine are in a rythym called bigeminy, meaning they are every other beat, and even mine are benign!

What the cardiologist will tell you that is in a structurally normal and healthy heart they are nothing to worry about. The ectopic beats would not cause chest pain - if you feel them they feel more like your heart skips a beat. I don't feel mine very often, but I can usually tell if they are there because my chest will feel heavy. That is the only way I can think to describe it!

I am sure you will get some helpful answers on the heart forum too. I hope your chest pain gets better!
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   Posted 5/20/2010 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
I have Mitral Valve Prolapse, but don't have issues with it much.  Usually only under great stress.  I was diagnosed with it by a heart specialist about 26 years ago.  I recently went back for another test, because I was having some issues with the episodes of extreme rapid heartbeat lasting longer than when I was young.  They used to only last about 2 minutes, and the last one was about 30.  Anyhow, I wore a heart monitor, and made a recording of every "missed beat" feeling, or flutter.  The missed beat happens, then a hard beat.  They said it was fine and everyone gets them, but not everyone feels them.  I took their word for it, but it worries me sometimes.  I think people like us are just so very aware of what's happening in our bodies.  Don't know if it's good or bad.  :)  If you aren't satisfied though, I would go for another opinion. 
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   Posted 5/20/2010 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I get heart palpitations.  I was thoroughly checked out and told that I am fine.  I accepted that and have been fine.  I learned a long time ago not to start searching books and the Internet.  All that does is confuse you and, with the anxiety we get, will frighten you.  You can't believe everything you read on the Internet, either. 
If you trust your specialist, then believe them.  After all, it sounds like their testing was very thorough.  But, if you don't trust them, get a second opinion.
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