Here's a New Strange Heart Feeling!

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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 8/31/2007 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear friends here at HW--
  It's me "Robert" again---if i'm not having problems w various irregular heart beats--it's IBS....or whatever.  IBS, i can take (an Immodium or Librax)--it's this darn...heart arrythmias that are driving me..nuts! eyes
 Quick review--been seeing a cardio for 20 yrs--have had EVERY test (echo- stress echo--stress EKG  isotopes---AND about 7 "event monitor" studies)---everything "normal"...except these darn "irregular heartbeats"----dx---SVT-----
-------NOW---I THINK or "feel" a new one is starting!  I'm HOPING this one is in my head!  (At least if it's there--it won't kill me! tongue
  Had my first "Strange 'NEW' feeling" w heart....about 2 months ago---went to bed.......(i ALWAYS lay on my stomach)---& suddenly.....before going off to sleep---was it seemed my heart...was NOT speeding up--but--had this strange feeling....IT WAS STOPPING!
  I move to another position---again it happens.....after 3 or 4 "feelings" like this...i finally go off to sleep--& i'm ok for the nite!
  Today----needed a nap---took my small valium dose---& laid in bed-----sports talk radio on---tired....felt myself going "off"...when..."IT" hit me ...AGAIN mad my heart was stopping....OH...gosh---AGAIN!    It happened ...once or twice more--before i went off to a lite nap----
  What is so "strange" about it---is...inlike my SVT...where I can feel the more like a "sensation"...UNLESS some NEW arrythmia is taking place--i am NOT aware of----
  My dear friends at HW--you've ALWAYS been a great source of support & help for me---has...ANYONE....anyone here....experienced ANYTHING even like this?    IF so, WHAT could it be?  Could it be ...just stress or anxiety?         Or---the heart itself? confused
  ANY & ALL responses will help---please--get have NO IDEA how this helps !   Thanks---Robert yeah

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Date Joined Feb 2006
Total Posts : 297
   Posted 9/1/2007 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Robert, The sensation you are talking about is usually associated with PVCs or PACs-ectopic beats. Beats which occur a bit too soon in the cycle. They are nothing to worry about if your heart is structurally normal with all your tests you would KNOW if it was not and your cardiologist would have you on a bunch of meds. Your heart is NOT stopping and you are not feeling the early beat but the next beat. It will be a little later than normal because your natural rhythm is resetting so to speak and harder because it will be pumping out a bit more blood on the second beat. It didn't fill completely on the first early beat so the next one is a bit fuller. This is not dangerous! It is just annoying as HE**! MANY people have these types of beats. The lucky ones do not feel them. It is not dangerous although MANY people can't accept this and ruin their lives in worry. SOme let these beats suck all the pleasure out of their lives. You see I know because I did that for a couple of years.
If you have never experienced these types of beats before, you should go to the doctor to make sure that PACs/PVCs are really what you are dealing with, just describe the sensation to them, tell them that you have never had this before and you want to know what it is. They will probaly do an EKG which will show nothing unless you are having those beats right then and there. Next you might wear a 24hr holter or a monitor for awhile to "catch" the beats. Then you will know for sure. Let me just warn you though. Every time I'd wear a monitor or such, my heart behaved beautifully!...LOL. I threatend to buy one and wear it all the time just to make my heart behave tongue
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