I'm a 40 yr old male and new to this forum.
I have actually had these "skipped beats" for many years, and being a normal guy and hating dr. visits, I just tried to ignore them and live with the anxiety of not knowing what's going on with me. This problem actually disappeared totally in my mid thirties for a while but returned in 2009. I finally went to the dr. and he ordered a stress test with the dye and I made it through with no trouble at all. When the results came in he told me all looked fine except for one little spot on the image. He said it actually might just be the image, or I may have had some type of "cardiac event" at some point in my life. I can't recall any "cardiac events" other than regular panic attacks in my 20s. He really didn't seem all that concerned about it and told me not to be concerned either. Yeah right! Ever since then I have been overcome with fear about this and my "skipped beats" have gotten more and more frequent. I was scared to go back for any follow up tests, fearing what might be found. I know that's a stupid way to think because if there is a real problem, it's there whether you find out about it or not, and finding out may save your life. Anyway, these "skipped beats" mainly occur after a meal, happen when my body is in certain postures, or after stressful situations. In the past, I began an exercise program and they would ease up greatly after a few weeks. Now I'm so obsessed with the thought that I'm going to just fall over dead if i really exert myself with exercise, I get lightheaded just thinking about it, start exercising anyways, get more lightheaded and have to stop. I feel like my mind is taking over my body and I'm not liking it. Some days I feel like conquering the world, some days I feel like I won't see tomorrow. I recently lost my job of 19 years due to my company's bankruptcy, in a relationship I can't stand (that's a whole other story in itself LOL), and dealing with labor issues caused from company's bankruptcy as I was the union president. Since I lost my job, I have no more health insurance to have any additional tests done anyways. I am by no means trying to say "poor me" by stating my troubles, I know there are many out there worse off than I am. I'm just a scared person looking for some answers. I am overweight. I do smoke cigars occasionally (I know I need to quit). I cut out the caffeine. Eating healthier. Nothing seems to be working for me though. I am also taking diovan for high bp. I hope someone has some insight to this mess for me, and I will certainly read others' posts and see if I can help them with any of their issues. I appreciate any feedback I get from this post. Thanks for listening and take care everyone.