What makes heart flutters COME and GO?

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   Posted 8/29/2014 12:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I've posted a lot of questions on here regarding heart flutters/skipped beat rhythm, but I'm just really curious.... what makes them come for a bit, sometimes in episodes for a while, and then just leave? Is it because something triggers it to start up? I have been told mine are harmless. Do they just happen because it's natural? Even in the episodes?

These have caused me TREMENDOUS stress and anxiety over the last year. Should I just try to accept it and move on?

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   Posted 8/30/2014 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gracie,

I wish I knew, though if you've been tested, examined, and diagnosed as having a benign condition, I would not worry about it. I've had great days, relatively free of ectopics, and been sitting, enjoying a movie on T.V. when wham, some bizarre cluster of ectopics or a short run happen out of the blue.

The have come and gone for me over the last 40 years, it's frustrating, and each time they flair again, I go back to the doctor's, just to be sure all is well.

Some are a response to caffeine or other stimulants, sometimes they happen more when we start to come down with a cold, some are from a lack of sleep. Adrenaline is good for kicking them off in a lot of people, so stress can be a cause.

A web page that's helped me a lot is by an Electrophysiologist, a heart rhythm specialist.


Among other things, he has this to say "If I had only one adjective for PVCs, I would use capricious. We can’t often find a reason why PVCs come, why they leave, or why they come back." Visit the page, he offers other suggestions for emotionally dealing with them.

I hope this helps to answer your question.

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   Posted 8/31/2014 10:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I have asked the same question many times times over the years.
I have read the same articles that JungRule provided in his post reply and could not agree more. What a great adjective to describe these annoying and unsettling rhythm disturbances.
"capricious". Nevertheless, like yourself and many others, they cause me extreme anxiety as well and discomfort, especially during lengthy flairups. best to you.
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