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   Posted 1/30/2008 1:09 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had all the tests and the silly doc told me it's normal BUT my heart does skip more beats then the average person. Why couldn't he just say it's normal instead of stressing me out worry that's it's happening too much.
I physically feel the skipped beats so it's really hard to ignore them, does anyone else experience this and if so what are some coping techniques you use? Thanks.

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   Posted 1/30/2008 7:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Aussieangel,

My best friend in high school found out that she also had an irregular heart pattern. Her's would also skip a beat or two. She's was still one of the fastest sprinters on the track team and didn't let it stop her from doing anything. Best of luck!

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   Posted 1/30/2008 7:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Aussieangel.......I am sure you do feel the beats more than most would unless they had this DD as we do

I would try to do something ..anything to keep my mind off of it ...your life is not in danger from this I am sure or your doc would have done alot more testing on you ........

I believe there are so many out there that have this happening to them and just dont know wahty to tell the doc or others........or how to deal with it

YOU on the other hand have come so FAR in the last while I know you will get thru this too

Try not to concentrate or think of the extra beats or like I said avert your attention to something else.......

I am sure there are more out there that will post and let you know what they do in this case

Be well my friend
Keep us posted plz


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   Posted 1/30/2008 12:30 PM (GMT -6)   

I've had these on and off for 18+ years and it's the one thing that can still throw me into an anxiety state.  Since August I've had them quite a bit, starting off with the missed beats, the flip-flopping feeling, the whole nine yards.  Now it is more just a feeling of one hard beat and one normal beat.  It can really drive me crazy! 

The best way of dealing with it for me is to just keep reminding myself that this is yet another symtpom of anxiety, that my heart is healthy, I'm just way to concentrated on it right now and that's why I'm feeling each beat.  Then I try to keep busy and not sit all day and think about it.  It's not easy, but as long as you've been checked out, you can use that information to help you change your thought pattern about it.  You have a healthy heart, you're just watching it too much and adding a little jolt of adrenaline each time you notice it, which causes it to do it more.  Hope this gets better for you soon!

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   Posted 1/30/2008 12:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey aussie, good morning and you have come a long way, so celebrate your success. You posted "all the tests and the silly doc told me it's normal ". You have received great care per your history above but also because PVCs and PACs are quite common and totally harmless your Doc has said they are normal.  As stress is a major factor in bringing on PVCs you need to find an outlet.
Exercise , done on a daily basis on your own for at least 30minutes, is a great stress reliever.  Now I need to take my own advice.........  :)
Caffeine is another precursor of premature beats.  I used to drink a lot of caffeine at work and then add the stress of work and I was throwing PVCs and I was afraid  even thow I knew it was not going to harm me.  But hey, I am a nurse and we know to many of the what ifs?  lol.
Know that we are here for you and support you. You should continue to see your physician as needed.
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   Posted 1/31/2008 3:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys for replying, I had a set back today my mood has really dropped rotten hormones. It feels worse because you feel like your finally moving forwards and bang life lets you know that thats not the case.

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   Posted 1/31/2008 4:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Dang hormones! They really let you have it don't they?? Take heart (sorry that wasn't meant to be a bad pun) this bad spot will pass.  I don't get irregular heart beats but I have crazy twitches and shaking that used to FREAK me out big time.  Now I think it's kinda funny (until I spill my coffee), you have come so far aussie, sooo proud of you :-)

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   Posted 2/1/2008 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
This seems to be quite a common symptom of anxiety. It can be scary (from personal experience - thought I had a heart condition until my doctor proved otherwise!) but it isn't harmful. There are various different things that can cause this, as well as PVCs, which are a normal and harmless chnage in heart rythm (made more frequent by anxiety) it could actually be comming from elsewhere - also hamrless - a fluttering in your chest can be caused by indigestion if it causes a spasm in your esophaegas.
If your doctor has confirmed no medical problems it's probably something like the above and you don't have to worry.
The biggest way to tackle anxiety I found was excercise. Ironically I took on various different 'symptoms' during my anxiety and it was whilst I had all this fluttering (and sometimes pains in my chest) that my doctor persuaded me I was actually ok to get back into some serious excercise. I took my mountain bike out for the first time in months that afternoon and not only did things get better after I did, but I had a huge ammount of pent-up energy and adrenaline that boosted me along.

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   Posted 2/2/2008 10:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello aussie, nice to meet you! I too have recently been having more flutters than normal especailly at night.It is very annoying and frightning i just try to ignore it as i've been checked out before and wore a monitor to track my heart beat for a few days and i checked out fine.But as someone mentioned in one of the threads caffiene play a big part in the palps. I dont know if you drink alot of caffeine or not,but when i drink alot of sodas i feel it more often.Although lately i haven't been drinking alot of sodas so i dont know why im having the palps.I guess maybe stress! I agree it's very annoying! I hope you feel better darling!!!

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   Posted 2/3/2008 4:02 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks for replying everyone, I normally don't drink caffiene but had a coke the other day and did notice the heart palps were worse.

My mood is still going down the zyprexa is mucking me around so the hormones are going crazy for an even longer time. Rotten things, I just want to be normal but then I question is this 'normal for me'. I find it hard to accept as I do remember a time when things were so different.

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   Posted 2/3/2008 10:45 AM (GMT -6)   
HI aussie i see you are still not feeling better! I know what you mean about that wanting to be normal, i feel like that all the time!! I often ask myself why was i chosen to have this darn panic disorder because it affects every aspect of my life!! But then when i think about it i could be dealing with something much worse because there are people out there who have it far worse than i probably couldd ever imagine!!! Sometimes thinking about that is what keeps me going!! Well I hope you feel better! Keep us posted!

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   Posted 3/24/2008 2:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone had these palps with acute breathlessness, and after the feeling of the skipped beat (which lasts for a second) your breathing is the same as it was. It feels like a sudden loss of breath, then its fine again a second laster. This happens at the same time as the feeling of skipped beat. I've had ekg and stree test say I'm fine. This happens when I'm laying down most of the time, and I do have GERD. thankssss

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   Posted 3/25/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -6)   
My son who is 23 had major surgery in November on his shoulder. When he came home from the hospital his heartbeat was very irregular. I took him back to ER and they could not see any skipped heartbeats. They did not doubt he was having them, but it just didnt show up. A cardiologist came in and suggest he take MagOx, which is a supplement made by Blaine. It calms the heart muscle. If he drinks too much coffee or eats too much sugar he can feel the heart skipping beats. He started taking MagOz and has not had a fluttering since. He claims it to be a miracle drug, and for him it has been.
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   Posted 3/25/2008 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I am glad to see ppl sharing their experiences as you are here
I have not had this happen so I am sure it is scary as all get out

Keep supporting and shaing
IT does help

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