Posted 7/7/2010 3:35 PM (GMT -6)
Hey everyone, my name is Grant, I'm a 35 year old male (almost 36). Recently (June 26th) I was getting ready for a BBQ around the house when I kept feeling a flutter in my lower neck area and a quick shortness of breatk (like 1/4 of my breath was taken away), there was no pain or anything like that. I didn't think much of it, later in the day I started taking my pulse and when I felt that flutter in my neck and the brief shortness of breath I noticed I didn't have a beat....this freaked me out. I am one that is very quick to worry about anything and everything and I always assume the worst....especially when it comes to my family's health (mine included).
Anyway, to try and make a long story short I went to the fire department and the guy there felt my heart skip 3-4 times in 30 seconds. They put oxygen on my and called an ambulance....when the ambulance got there they hooked me up to an EKG machine....it came back perfectly normal....they kept it hooked up and managed to catch one of the little critters and give me a copy of it. The EMT guy said it was a PAC and that it is common and not to sweat it, he said it could be brought on by dehydration or what not. Well, I ended up going onto the hospital that night because I was still real worried about it....another EKG was done there and everything looked normal. The doctor did see some early beats on the heart monitor that I was hooked up to, probably had 3 within a couple minutes that she saw...she wasn't concerned, sent me home with Xanax.
The next day I went to my family doctor who drew blood to check my thyroid and something else...he also put me on a 24 hour holter monitor. The blood work came back fine and he told me he saw some PACS on the holter monitor, he said at one time I had four premature beats in a row and he said I noted that I felt the flutter at that time, he asked me if I felt any different at that time, which Ii didn't. He told me I could go on and see a cardiologist but that they won't treat it as "high priority" because this is normal.
Anyway, I have never had any health issues, my blood pressure is usually around 120/80, I do have high cholesterol so I take Zocor each night before bed to control that. I had a stress echo done in 2004 and everything came back fine. I am 5'11" and weight 225, so I am overweight but not a ton. There have been a couple days since the first episode where I only think I had a handful of these things.....but there have also been times.....like today and yesterday where it feels like I go several minutes without one but then I feel like I have 4 or 5 per minute. I'm finally going into see a different cardiologist tomorrow at 10:00am because the one I saw in 2004 can't get me in until the end of the month.
I don't want to take any other medication, I already hate that I'm on cholesterol lowering meds......but these things worry me like crazy! I have three young kids and a wife and my biggest fear is not being around them as they grow up.....it is a relief to see that I'm not in the minority, that a lot of people have these and some don't even notice them. The EMT guy who found it said that I probably have had it my whole life and am just now noticing it which makes it worse.
Any thoughts, encouragement, advice, information, education, etc....would be much appreciated! Not sure why, but for some reason it always makes me feel better when I know others share my experiences and that I'm not the only one out there. Two weeks ago I didn't even know what PVC's and PAC's were.......