Heart palpitations for a week now.

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Carly18
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   Posted 6/14/2010 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had weird heart beats for over 20 years...at first I didn't know what they were. I get the feeling of my heart beat in my throat when it skips or it has the extra beats. Over the years I have had every test out there and everything has always come back normal. Last year I even had an MRI because of the palpitations and everything was fine. It is still hard to continue with everyday life when those start, my question is how does everyone who experiences these cope? I do go through the motions of life but it's hard when every few minutes I have this sensation. I am not and have not been on any medication because the doctors say for as few as I get I don't need a medication all the time. I sometimes feel like going back to see the doctor but I've done that so many times and I already know what they are going to tell me. The last time was in March, I went into the ER while I was having the palpitations and they said my heart was beating perfect....I told them I could look at the monitor and see it wasn't.

stkitt
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   Posted 6/14/2010 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I am sorry to hear you are stressing over the palpitations. Anxiety is another cause of heart palpitations so you may need to deal with the anxiety. How about seeing a therapist?



Also if you are not comfortable with the dx from your ER visit you could seek out a second opinion. I would think you had a ECG while in the hospital and you could ask to see a copy of that. I am also wondering if you are trained to interpret a ECG or cardiac monitor screen?



Take care,



Kitt

Carly18
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   Posted 6/15/2010 6:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had several doctors opinions and they all say the same thing, there's nothing wrong so I have decided after all the tests and several cardiologists, they must be right, especially after the MRI. I do try not to stress over them and I can do that if it's just an occasional beat but when they continue it gets more difficult to ignor them. I am trying the magnisum that I have read on here about. They are getting better as the days go by so I know everything will be back to normal soon. I just want to know how everyone handles them when they don't quit for days at a time.

hazelnut86
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   Posted 7/7/2010 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Carly - I have anxiety and may be pre-menipausal - i will find out today - but i have had rapid heartrate for 5 days off and on and it's driving me nuts! i think focusing on it and reading about it and thinking about it makes it worse. i have decided i can't check mine. anxiety is the devil! i have had a stress test, ekg and heart monitor and all turned out fine. makes you wonder though huh why you can't control it? seems the harder i try the worse it gets. you have to keep your mind busy which is hard to do when you feel weird. my doc said it's snowball affect because the panic makes you fear the anxiety and it's hard to stop.

GN ICT
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   Posted 7/8/2010 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Carly....I have the same thing, I just did some tests today, an echo and then a treadmill test so they could see how my heart responds to exercise. Everything looked normal, the one premature beat that the cardiologist saw she called a PAC, told me it was totally benign, especially since my echo showed my heart was the right size and no abnormalities. But still.....it is so hard to live with, you try to do something else or focus on something and then I get a flutter with a sensation that a 1/4 of my breath was just sucked out of me. Sometimes I feel like I'm getting 4 or 5 a minute. I've heard a lot of people have them but don't ever feel them, I wish I were one of those people! It is so hard to live with this when it affects you constantly. The cardiologist I saw wants me to try 25mg of atenolol once a day to see if it helps.

How often do you get them? Do you really think the magnesium pills you are taking are helping? If so, I may try that.

What I am struggling with most is the fact that two weeks ago this was not going on.....then all of a sudden I'm experiencing it and I am experiencing it quite often.....my worrying/anxiety was bad to begin with, now dealing with this is a challenge!

Carly18
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   Posted 7/29/2010 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I know exactly what you're saying about this starting all of the sudden. Has this just started for you or have you had these before? I have had palpitations for years but they have always been just occasional until now. Having them all day everyday is worrisome. I went back to my doctor and she had me wear a 48 hour holter monitor and she took some blood tests and everything came back good. I asked about the irregular beats and she showed me the several screens that were ran during the monitoring and it did show them but she said they weren't anything serious, she said they are benign, everyone has them. When medically there's nothing found then it's got to be either a stress related situation or an imbalance somewhere. I read that pedialyte, what we give to our children, will replace electrolytes and if your heart is misfiring, that could be an electrolyte problem so I drank some and it helped. Magnesium is also good to take but you have to take the right kind. I hope this helps you, I do believe I'm getting better but still struggling.

nellebutter
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   Posted 8/2/2010 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I have this same problem and have been having them for about 4 yrs. Sometimes i have them all day, sometimes its just a few a day and sometimes I can go for days without even having one. Just today I panicked because I had about four back to back when I bent over and it scared me so bad. I also have had blood work, numerous EKGs at my drs office and ER, a 24 hr holter monitor and a 2d echo...all came back fine. I have just learned to trust what I have been told (since Ive gotten so many opinions). It still makes it hard for me everyday because sometimes they are so strong that they surprise me. I just try to deal with them. Hope this helps.

Nelle
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andwes
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   Posted 8/3/2010 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had heart palpitations on and off for years.  Lately I have noticed that if I practice intentionally breathing full breaths in and out, they seem to dissipate.  I personally think it's because when we're anxious and uptight our breaths are shorter too and maybe contribute to palpitations.  I'm no doctor but my faith in them is at its lowest level ever, so sometimes I think we know our own bodies best and what's good for them.  Doesn't mean the palpitations will be gone forever, but it's interesting how this breathing exercise does help alot.  Give it a try.  I remember once when I was having bad palps the doc said "run around the block."  I thought he was kidding but he wasn't - and when I tried it they seemed to get under control also...sometimes exercising or just doing a moderately fast walk can help mine.  As long as you've been tested and don't have any serious heart problems I can't see how it can hurt.

Carly18
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   Posted 8/4/2010 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
So many stories here are alike. We all are told these palpitations won't kill us, everyone has them, but they are so scary when we get hit with them. I too have had these for many years and I have let them affect my life so much. I was so scared with them when my kids were young. I went from doctor to doctor and they just blew me off. I think mine are from stress but I don't know how to control the stress in my life. The things most people do to relieve stess usually causes it for me. If we go on vacation somewhere I get stressed from the time we start planning until the trip is over. For years I didn't know they are so common. I thought I am the only with these because no else that I know has them. I think these forums and the support we give to each other is priceless. I know when I am having a bad day I can come here and read what others say and then I can cope too.
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