Fatherof2 abnormal heart beats since 2007

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   Posted 4/4/2012 10:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Posted Yesterday 5:50 PM (GMT -6)  by Fatherof2 
I am 39 years old and i have had abnormal heart beats since 2007. I believe that part of my abnormal heartbeats have been because of my stress levels from my fathers death and a divorce and custody battle for my son. I have then since been remarried but then again going through another divorce. In 2007 i had a heart cath done and everything was clear and my cardiologist said i had a healthy heart. I had told him of a pinching sensation on the right side of my sternum but he told me that my heart was on my left side and i shouldn't worry. Well, through my second marriage i would get that same pinching nerve on my right side and as always in the ER everything comes back normal. I had gone through another cardiologist but he had no time for me and just slapped me with a beta blocker. I was sitting in class one day and i felt a sharp stabbing pain above my mid chest and i felt nauseated and dizzy and sweaty. I immediately went to the ER and they found nothing but noticed that i was dehydrated a little and heart rate a little high. So, then i dropped that cardiologist and went with another one which was the best one so far. I had a cat scan done or mri where they stick you in that tube. I had contrast done and my heart came out normal as well. Cardiologist put me on a month monitor and after the month he noticed i had some irregular heart beats. He said that i need to lower my stress level and eat a healthy diet. The test this cardiologist had done on me was perfect 100%. He did an echochardigram and he said my valves were beautiful and i have a strong heart. He was concerned a little about the random abnormality. He said its my body trying to warn me of my habits. So, i tried to relax and start working out but due to my life style of being a military spouse with four kids and going to school full time was a lot. I am on my second divorce now and the stress levels have sky rocketed and still doing school full time. This past Friday i felt that old pain come back but more frequently. I had fought it for the weekend and today it just worried me. I went to the ER and low and behold the monitor picked it up. Was happy but concerned because its a little bothersome. Doctor (not cardiologist) said they were just pvcs and my results from my blood work returned back with flying colors. No sense in worrying about it since i have a healthy heart and i should just ignore them. Well, my question is now that they found this elusive stabbing feeling on my right side of my sternum they wont go away. It worries me because of that first initial stab i had made me feel nauseated, dizzy and sweaty. I don't feel comfortable and reading all these possibilities on line made it even worse. I am a military veteran and when i was done with my tour of duty i was starting to get panic and anxiety attacks. My question is since i do have a healthy heart and this stabbing feeling still on my right side of my sternum (now pvcs). Is it possible its just my stress levels and will they go away if i exercise and relax more. I don't feel them right now because i am trying to relax but i get tense at times and they randomly hit me. I don't want to live with this thing for the rest of my life. I have two boys to take care of and i want to see them grow up and see my grandkids.

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   Posted 4/4/2012 10:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell.  The good news is that PVC's are almost always harmless. Nevertheless they tend to feel dangerous to those who have them and it can be hard to cope with the cycle of fear, which leads to stress and anxiety, which often then leads to more PVC's. You have been to the ER many times and have had the whole series of Cardiac tests so may I kindly suggest now that you work on reducing your stress level.
I know all too well how impossible things seem when the anxiety and panic cycle takes over. But if there's one thing I can't stress enough to you, it's that it's not hopeless. In fact, breaking the cycle is not as complicated as you may think.    Try stress-reduction techniques, such as biofeedback, meditation or exercise, or talk to your doctor about anti-anxiety medications. Another thought is looking into therapy to help you deal with your high stress. 
Here are a few  links to self help resources from our Anxiety and Panic Forum. 

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   Posted 4/19/2012 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
For all the people who have or perceive skipped heart beats. I know very well what you feel. I have been experiencing these for many years. Have had two ablations and a cardio version two years ago. This took care of my a-fib, but not of my skipping beats.
What helps me a lot is: I take 0.25mg of Xanax at bedtime, this lets me sleep and I wake refreshed with no noticing of this awful skipping in my chest.
I do not drink alcohol, coffee only one cup a day, do exercise but am also a caregiver for my husband.
So, not easy, but sleeping helps a lot and of course exercise. Of course, the biggest help is my faith in God, He will not forsake you nor give you more than you can carry!!!
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