heart skips a beat-long sorry!

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 11/7/2006 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
sad  Help please, I need some advice.  Although I hate saying it, I have suffered from anxiety/panicattacks for 3 years now.  Initially in the first year I thought something was wrong with my heart because all of a sudden it would skip a beat and then race uncontrollably (140-150).  I had a 3 week holter monitor, 24-hour holter monitor, numerous EKG's, an ultrasound of my heart structures and blood work and reassurance.  Well once in a while my heart will race, I have a naturally higher resting heart rate, probably because I'm out of shape after having 3 kids.  Anyways, for the past year it seems, but more so in the past few months, my heart skips a beat A LOT.  Today it probably skipped 50 times or so.  I have been focusing on it and fearful of it happening.  I went inot the doctor a few months back and she said she isnt concerned unless I pass out or something, and that her re-assurance will hopefully be enough.  There will be weeks that go by where I might feel one here or there and I shrug it off, but its these days in a row where it's pretty consistent all day unless I take a Klonopin.  I get so scared and alone, wondering if somthing is really wrong.  But I am 25 years old, other than panic I am in good health, I always go to the doctor.  I just cant seem to find the cycle of these suckers, and I want them to dissapear because i let them take control of my thoughts/days/life.  Any advice would be extremely helpful.
Thank You so much for your time.

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   Posted 11/8/2006 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi! Welcome to the club! These things stink! I've had them for about five years. When they first started, I really freaked and would get the tachy heartrate which would last anywhere from 2-6 hours. I really don't get the fast rate anymore. (knock on wood) When it does ocassionally happen now, it only last 2-20minutes. I really think that is because I have learned biofeedback and relaxation techniques which help to short curcuit my episodes. I think my anxiety was making them last for so long.
I still get the skips. I use to try to rack my brain to figure out WHY????? Now after tons of reading, I don't think there is a  reason. They just seem to cycle. Sometimes I get TONS. Sometimes I get just a few. Sometimes I have none! If I think about them, I am sure to have more and More AND MORE!!!! If I ignore them and remain calm and keep busy doing something else, it seems like I get fewer of them. ????? If my heart is 'jumpy', anything and everything triggers them-caffeine, stress, being tired, angry, hot beverages, reflux.... If I am in a 'quiet period', only LOTS of chocolate and/or major stress triggers them. (Oh Yeah, my period seems to trigger them. I quess it is hormonal but what can I do about that?)
For the time being, I am handling them. However in January, I went thru a major period of them coming on every other beat to every 7th beat for days. I was a mess. I just wanted them to stop or for me to be at the doctor's hooked up to a monitor while screaming at the aforementioned doctor "YOU CALL THIS NORMAL!?!" -Only I couldn't do that because my doctor gets them also and knows what I am going thru. I actually was in his office once a year ago hooked up to an EKG monitor and  getting them every 7th beat. He came in, looked at the read out and said, "Oh Yeah, these are going to bother anyone at this frequency but your fine."  So I went home.
My only advice is stay busy and try to keep your mind off of them. Some kind of relaxation practiced every day can be helpful and I hope your heart decides to go thru a 'quiet period' real soon!

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   Posted 11/8/2006 8:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Leah,

I'm not sure what is going on with you, however, I used to get the sensation that my heart was skipping a beat also. (along with palpitations and tachycardia) It was determined that it wasn't skipping a beat but rather I had a premature heart beat. Medication seems to have helped and I do not notice this so much anymore. Relaxation is a good idea, but why not get back into exercise (with doctor's approval)? It really helps reduce anxiety and is good for your overall health. If you are able, make the time and do it for yourself!

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   Posted 11/12/2006 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I have heart problems, i had ventricular tachacardia and they burnt my extra passage way shut. Without doing this it would send me into cardiac arrest eventually because my heart beat would get up to almost 300 beats per minute. Now that they burnt it shut it has been around 4 years and i am doing well. I do have irregular beats though. It may skip a beat sometimes also. I often feel light headed and dizy but i do not pass out either. Maybe we are relating to the same thing?

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   Posted 11/13/2006 3:15 AM (GMT -6)   
I have skipped beats-have had holters and positive tilt table. I have tachycardia-have had ekg's record afib flutter and sinus tach-POTS related as well as misfiring. It causes me to get extremely dizzy to the point of passing out or near passing out at times. I take topral xl for it which works pretty well, but am wanting to ask doc about taking a non extended realease topral, so that I do not take it everyday, only when I need it, because although I was told it was safe and benefit outweighed risk either way, I am nursing and would just like to take something fast acting when Iactually have symptoms as opposed to every day. Anyways, I know the feeling of skipped beats, although for me it is more like a flutter, or incomplete beat-which is pretty much what I have. If it's anxiety related-ask your doc abut anxiety treatment, if it is heart related-try not to focus and dwell on them, because it can cause you anxiety which could make it worse. seek treatment and unless you feel you need immediate treatment or feel dizzy or lose consciousness, inwhich case you should seek immediate medical treatment, try not to worry until you have seen a doc and he has looked into it. worry will only make you feel worse. easier said than done, I know, but try to find something to keep your mind occupied. Do seek treatment and check in with a doc though.
When life hands you lemons...stick 'em in your bra! Can't hurt, might help! -Maxine

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   Posted 11/13/2006 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Leahbeans,

I dealt with an irregular beat for MANY years.  I remember experiencing these kooky beats from about the age of twelve.  My heart would skip beats and alternate between skipping and extra beats.  I mentioned this to Doctors that I had over the years and none seemed too concerned.  I have had EKGs performed but of course when they were ordered my heart beat normally.  This condition flared up sometimes once a month, sometimes once a week and other times once in a blue moon.  I went in for surgery on my cervical spine this past January and of course the pre-surgical tests all came back well.  During the surgery, my heart escalated to 160 bpm and the Neurosurgeon called in a Cardiologist who performed Cardioversion (electric shock) to get my heart rate down to normal.  For about 27 years I had been living with undiagnosed Atrial Fibrilation (a-fib).  I am now on meds (anticoagulant, antiarrythmic, beta blockers).  You may want to ask your doctor about this.  One of the nurses at my Cardiologists office also told me about a monitor called an Event Monitor which can be used to record cardiac events as they occur.  You may want to investigate that too.  Hope this helps!


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   Posted 6/4/2013 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello I am 36 and 60 lbs. overweight, don't smoke, and don't drink.
I am experiencing exactly the same thing since jan 2013. And have panics attacks since 2004, the year I got pregnant with my daughter that is 8 now. The skipping and racing of the heart is drive me crazy and paranoid every day. I am getting a monitor any time soon from my family doc, but I really want to visit a cardiologist to be able to get help and solve this problem.
I just want to share something that I just started doing 2 days ago. I started taking muscle relaxers or tranquilizers, I only take 1/4 of a pill twice a day and seems to help a lot with the problem, my heart seems to be more relax and normal. I know that auto-medicating myself is not a good idea, but since I only take 1/4 of a pill I feel that it helps more than it harms me at this moment. I am renewing my insurance and until I don't have that I can't visit my doc, because visits are super expensive.

I do have a question for you all, does anybody runs or does any cardiovascular exercise that would really increase the heart rate? and what how do you feel afterwards? I want to start running again but I am a little scared that I could stress my heart even more and cause more harm... I would start out walking fast
for a couple a days to see what happens, but I am still scared to see what could happen.
Please help!!
and good luck, you are not alone :-)

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   Posted 6/12/2013 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   

Don't be ashamed to say that you have panic/anxiety attacks. I am 29 and have been dealing with these issues for the past 18 years or so. There are more people suffering from them out there than you know, myself included. A few summers ago I had a bad 3 months of severe PVC's and PAC's. Had a 30 day event monitor- caught a lot- all benign. I also suffer from PSVT, which is a sudden fast heart rate originating in the atrira. I went in on May 15 to have the extra pathways ablated, and since am dealing with a lot of PVCs and PACs while my heart recovers from the procedure. I am in the same boat as you- I just want these to stop forever. However, you are right when you say that the more you think about it, the more they occur. Also, the more nervous/anxious you become, the more they occur too. It's a vicious cycle. What other people have said on here is true- the more active you are, the better off you are. While relaxation techniques (biofeedback, yoga, etc) is great, so is exercise. It's been shown that both reduce PVC's and PAC's. If you're concerned, have your doc do a stress test with echo to make sure that the valves and heart itself is normal. If it is, you really don't have anything to worry about. I have also researched this area extensively, and can say that while they feel HORRIBLE, they are benign if your heart is structurally normal. Hope this helps, and stay happy. :)

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   Posted 6/13/2013 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Pam and Laura,

Welcome to healingWell. Your comments and support to Leah were very helpful. Leah started this thread on 2006 and was last seen online in 2008.

As this is an old post I am going to lock it down.

I kindly invite each of you to start a thread of your own and share with us a bit about yourself. Also know we are here for you and hope you stay with us.

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