Wierd heart beat then pain

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   Posted 1/3/2009 7:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and Happy New Year!  Some nights (after eating a sugary or chocolate dessert during the day) I have been getting a wierd heart beat then pain afterward.  Sometimes it's a thump or two or a shiver or something that feels like a pvc.  The wierd heart beat doesn't concern me as much as the pain afterward.  Nothing bad but I do feel it.  I am a 47 year old female.  I have had 3 echo stress tests in the past 10 years.  The last one 4 years ago.  All passed with flying colors.  I do not exercise at all but I am also not overweight.  I did shovel snow from my driveway this week with no pain at all.  I am concerned because my dad died suddenly at age 61.  He had an EKG stress test that he passed,  and didn't have high BP or high cholesterol.  I have been diagnosed with PVC's 5 years ago but I never had pain until lately.  I am also on Prevacid for stomach issues.  Do you think I should be concerned that this is heart related?  I don't want to keep running to the Dr.'s but I also don't want to be like my dad and just have a sudden attack and die.  Thanks so much for your input.  A

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   Posted 1/3/2009 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't think it unreasonable to bring up the change in symptoms to your doctor and ask for cardiac testing. Since it has been 4 years since your last test, it might be time to get retested.
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   Posted 1/4/2009 8:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 49 with mitral valve prolapse and anxiety disorder. I have the palpitations all the time. Less so now that I'm on a beta blocker for them. Have you checked your hormone lvls?

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   Posted 1/5/2009 8:08 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Aries8, I haven't had my hormone levels checked, how do they do that?  I actually have my annual gyno appt. next week.  It stinks in a way that I can't eat any sweets or chocolate without it happening but then again that food isn't good for you anyway!  I can tell my hormones are changing because my moods are. I seem to be EXTREMELY sensitive.  I actually walked out of my job 3 weeks ago because my boss did something that I took very personally.  I think walking out might have been a little irrational especially since the economy is really bad and there are so many people out of work.  I am so out of shape, I really think I need to start walking and exercising etc.  I used to ride my bike all the time and play tennis and ski, now I don't do anything and since I'm not working I am so lazy.  Thanks for your input.  :-)

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   Posted 1/16/2009 12:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Motherly you're not alone your description from the 1/5/2009 post sounds alot like my life except you're probably not lazy because you try just to be knocked back down and have found your frequency of effort has diminished slightly but you still try otherwise you probably would not shovel the snow .I shovel the snow everyday and like you feel lazy but really its because I've already had a heart attack at age 46 , partially caused by COPD emphysema, diagnosed one year after the MI . I am currently a 48 year old male meaning tomorrow I likely won't be a female or less than 49 lol but by all means go back to your doctor, its necessary because we only have one heart and sometimes we can't control how well our heart works regardless what we do ...be well and stay well .
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