Sress Test for PAC's

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Date Joined Feb 2005
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   Posted 11/17/2005 3:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all!  Hope everyone is doing well today.  I've posted just a few times on this board in the Heart Forum before.  I have been dealing with anxiety issues for many years and have been able to bring my panic attacks under control.  The problem is, I keep having PAC's, like ALL the time.  I'm not talking once and awhile, or once or twice a day.  I'm talking like sometimes it's 5 or 6 per minute.  I've been able to tell myself up untill this point that it's benign and that it's ok, though it's not normal, it won't hurt me.  Well, the last time I went to my cardiologist for a check-up, he suggested we do the stress test because I was now feeling these extra beats up in my throat area.  I don't know why that makes a difference, but it's like someone is flicking their finger against my throat every time it happens.  I also get a strange sensation when the PAC's occur, and that is the feeling of a "fuzziness" in my head.
Long story short, I'm really trying not to freak out about this.  I know there are people on this board that deal with struggles with their health that are so far greater than I could ever imagine. But herein lies the confession:  I feel that all the years of drinking beer and smoking cigs has finally caught up with me and that I've ruined myself. 
So tomorrow, I go for my stress test.  I don't like having this sensation in my chest and throat all the time, but I do hope that tomorrow they are able to see what it is happening when I get these PAC's.  I guess I'm just worried and looking for a little reassurance here.

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Date Joined Aug 2003
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   Posted 11/22/2005 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pam!  Sorry I haven't checked the board for a few days.  Had my son and grandsons staying with me a week so that kept me pretty busy. 
Have you gotten the results of your stress test yet?  I have never heard of doing a stress test for arrythmias but maybe the doc ordered it to make sure there are no other problems with your heart.  I have had some problems with PVCs and PACs while my heart was healing from my ablation done over a year ago.  I occassionally still have a short run of them but very rare, thank goodness.  Sometimes I get that feeling in my throat also and I always had that feeling in my throat whenever I had an SVT (rapid heartbeat) episode.  Even so, the cardio said my PVCs/PACs were benign so try not to worry, yours most likely are still benign.  Its good that your doc is checking it out!  Some docs just ignore arrythmias!!!  I don't remember if you are taking any med for yours?  Sometimes meds help like a beta blocker.  Let us know how your test results turn out.  Hugs, Pat

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