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Date Joined Oct 2005
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   Posted 10/27/2005 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello.  I recently had to wear a holter for a 24 hour period.  The only abnormality on the report was "frequent atrial late beats."  Is this anything to be concerned about?  I also had an EKG and and ECG and both were normal.  Thanks for your help in advance.

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Date Joined Aug 2003
Total Posts : 525
   Posted 10/29/2005 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi ral and welcome.  It sounds like you are experiencing PACs, Premature Artrial Contractions.  They feel like your heart is skipping a beat.   You need to ask your doctor if these are benign.  If they are and you have no other heart problems they rarely are life threatening....just annoying.  There are certain "triggers" to avoid for arrythmias such as PACs.  They are caffeine, including chocolate, (darn), smoking, drugs, alcohol and stress.  Let me know if you find a way to eliminate stress!  LOL   If you have them a lot they can prescribe certain meds to try to keep them under control.  Find out all you can on PACs and it will help you to know what questions to ask your doctor.  Best to you, Pat 

Jim G
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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 1/21/2006 12:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ral;
I had a severe episode of PACs about 10 years ago. My heart seemed to be skipping up to 10 beats a minute. I was under a lot of stress, I was taking dristan for my sinuses, I had a fairly heavy work out and drank several cups of tea that evening. It happened shortly after I went to bed. It woke me up and I thought I was having a heart attack. My wife drove me to emergency and they put me on a monitor. They did a few tests, said I had normal arithmia. It settled down some as I relaxed and they sent me home with instructions to see my family doctor. My family doctor sent me for a stress test with a local heart specialist. When I saw the specialist about a week later I still had the arithmia but when he put me on the tread mill it went away almost right away. He recommended I eliminate all stimulants (coffee, tea, decongestents, anthistamines, chocolate, etc.). I imediately followed his advise. The arithmia kept coming and going for about a year but gradually went away. I still abstain from all stimulants and I have not had any sign of arithmia since.
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