heart pulse stops in a minute

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Date Joined Jul 2009
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   Posted 7/20/2009 8:36 AM (GMT -6)   

My father is 71 years of age and while monitoring his pulse rate, it goes regularly for about a minute. But after about 1 minute 15 seconds, it stops for a while. What might be causing such and is it something to worry about ?

Your suggestions will be highly appreciated.

Thank you.

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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 7/21/2009 5:25 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello "lalupate"

Your father's heart does not stop, what happens is that he has either premature ventricular contractions (PVC) o premature atrial contractions (PAC). When they occur there is long pause in the heart beat (missing pulse) and it appears that the heart has stopped. Premature contractions are usually harmless, but occasionally may be associated with heart disease. The best way to tell what type of premature contractions your father is having, is by an electrocardiogram (EKG) or by a Holter monitor that is a 24-hour EKG. If he has symptoms like dizzy spells, shortness of breath, palpitations, fatigue or chest pains, he has to see a doctor. You can't make a diagnosis of arrythmia by only feeling the pulse.


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   Posted 8/8/2009 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
My heart started doing that 23 years ago when I was pregnant and didn't go away after. It didn't do it on a regular basis and they even sent me to a cardiologist and they said I was fine. One day it did it at my doctor's office and he said it was skippig half a beat and not to worry. Mine comes and goes. Stress and not getting enough sleep sometimes bring it on. When I had my stent put in it did it over and over in the ER and that doc and the cardiologist said it was nothing to worry about. But if he has any other problems along with it then I would seek medical attention for it because it could be a sign of something serious. Barb
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