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janie87

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Registered: 3/21/06
skipped heartbeats
Posted: Mar 21, 2006 7:11 PM
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am 37 y/o female who has these crazy skipped heartbeats about twice a day --does anyone else feel like their breath is being taken away? When I feel one i try to remain calm and act normally but if i am trying to talk to someone it is very obvious that i cannot talk normally--it is as i am trying to catch my breath while talking--all tests come back normal but i am getting to where i dont want to venture out --- anyone feel the same symptoms

brokenhearted

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Registered: 4/5/06
Re: skipped heartbeats
Posted: Apr 6, 2006 11:09 AM   in response to: janie87 in response to: janie87
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Okay... well sorry if this is a duplicate, not sure if the other posted or not (love technology). Anyway yes, I have the same problem! I am 23, and for the last 3-4 years I have been telling my doctors I can't breathe etc, they shugged it off as "stress" (not hardly). Last year I was told I had an arrythmia, but still the breathing thing keeps on coming back, I can't carry on a conversation, walk upstairs, or even play outsid w/ my 18 month old daughter. I am on my 4th doctor who finally did an Echocardiogram, and she diagnosed me with minor Mitral Valve regurgitation. BUT I have all the symptoms of moderate-severe MR. I am Exhausted, I sleep ALL THE TIME, I just feel "bad", can't breathe, heart freaks out, my arms tingle sometimes, but always feel very heavy/weak, I have pain under my collar bone (??) and my legs are sore too. Has your doc done an EKG (mine came back normal) or an ECHO? I would suggest you INSIST on an echo...
I also have a holtar monitor appt next week (48 hour deal). You have to stay in control... because you know your body best. With heart disease in my family, it just scares me too bad not to be. Best of luck to you, keep me posted!!!!!!

janie87

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Registered: 3/21/06
Re: skipped heartbeats
Posted: Apr 12, 2006 10:05 PM   in response to: brokenhearted in response to: brokenhearted
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that is the crazy thing--all my lab and tests come back normal--but i hear you loud and clear on the leg pain and fatigue. I have heart disease also in my family but what can you do when the doctors say everything is normal. it is depressing

denise65

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Registered: 4/18/06
Re: skipped heartbeats
Posted: Apr 18, 2006 10:13 AM   in response to: janie87 in response to: janie87
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Hi,
I am 40 and have had this problem for years. My heart skips beats and I feel
breathless when it happens.Sometimes even weak or faint. I have had many
cardiac workups.The problem is getting much worse lately and I've noticed that
when I am anxious, it happens more.I believe that much of this as well as my
low blood sugar problems are directly affected and or caused by hormones.
I have read that peri-menopause, which I am experiencing, can cause imbalances
between the sympathetic and para-sympathetic nervous systems which can
cause the palpitations. I have already been diagnosed as having a "glitch" in
my sympathetic nervous system and these hormone imbalances are affecting
it in a very negative way. I get scared half out of my wits when this happens.
It knocks the wind out of me and I worry that my heart is gonna go into one of
the arrythmias and not come out of it. A very big time Cardiologist in New York
City told me that my condition is not life threatening but is life changing. My hus-
keeps telling me(when I'm panicking that I'm gonna "check-out" any minute) that
this has been happening to me for years and if something was gonna happen,
it would have.The bottom line is, I've read and been told by cardiologists and
cardiac nurses that this really is not dangerous. I have started walking and I have
to start eating better and doing some kind of stress control. I think the best thing
to do is what you're doing and that is to try to stay calm.It passes. I keep telling
myself it always passes.

denise65

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Registered: 4/18/06
Re: skipped heartbeats
Posted: Apr 18, 2006 3:32 PM   in response to: janie87 in response to: janie87
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Other things that help: they say exercise can actually help sometimes and don't
eat or drink things that stimulate your nervous system. Things like caffeine,sugar,
alcohol, chocolate and I've even heard MSG and homeopathics like ginsing.

jtown

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Registered: 6/19/06
Re: skipped heartbeats
Posted: Jun 19, 2006 5:55 PM   in response to: janie87 in response to: janie87
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I am 38 female and getting the same thing. I was told it is an extra heartbeat but still I need to know why??

skydances

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Registered: 6/24/06
Re: skipped heartbeats
Posted: Jun 24, 2006 9:44 PM   in response to: janie87 in response to: janie87
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Have you had an echocardiogram? Sounds like mitral valve stenosis. That is what they say I have, but, I do not have any symptoms. Reading about it.
After one fainting spell, I had the echocardiogram, and then was put through a treadmill test that took me beyond my age related HRM, and my heart went into atrial fib. Now it is chaotic, both skipping beats and/or speeding up. No pain or other symptoms.

Malibu07

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Registered: 6/26/06
Re: skipped heartbeats
Posted: Jun 26, 2006 7:47 PM   in response to: janie87 in response to: janie87
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I am so glad I found this website and you are not alone. For the past four weeks I've been getting palpitations & constant skipped heartbeats. I went to my doctor & he gave me an EKG and said it was fine. He prescribed Toprol and said I should see a Cardiologist. I went to the Cardiologist and explained to him everything I feel. He checked me out and scheduled me for a stress test. I asked him about premenopause, if this could be causing my problem he said no. From what I've read & heard from other people this seems like it is. In the past I was also getting panic attacks. They seemed to subside over the years now their coming back. I feel internal shaking in the am. These are some of the symptoms I read about. Everyone is telling me its probably stress, maybe it is, but after reading everyones stories I dont know. The skipped heartbeats are driving me crazy, when I think its going away, it comes back again. When I am eating it seems to even happen more. Does anyone feel this way?

garden58

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Registered: 7/15/06
Re: skipped heartbeats
Posted: Jul 15, 2006 11:55 AM   in response to: Malibu07 in response to: Malibu07
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I have the same problem. Was really bad when I went off the estrogen and then came back on. Then it stablized and last month they started real bad again. Seems to be after I eat now. They will wake me up at night and I have to get up and try to belch and then it will stop. It is so crazy. I just finished 14 days on a Cardio Net monitor. Am waiting to hear from the doctor. He did mentioned something about indigestion and skipped beats. Am trying to do some research now. Sometimes my heart will skip beats every two or three or four beats for hours! It is ridiculous.

Gingergirl

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Registered: 8/21/06
Re: skipped heartbeats
Posted: Aug 21, 2006 11:10 PM   in response to: Malibu07 in response to: Malibu07
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how did your test come out? I am in the same situation and it is good to hear from others with the same problem. It is so difficult to deal with and it is hard to explain to people. I had the holter monitor completed and have a stress test and echo next week. i am also on toprol 25 mg xl

JAY23

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Registered: 8/24/06
Re: skipped heartbeats
Posted: Aug 24, 2006 1:46 PM   in response to: Gingergirl in response to: Gingergirl
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I also have many of your same signs: I went to a Doctor in Chicago She told me (after all my tests) I had a floppy valve: Which is very common in athletic built bodies. You can feel your heart flutter or beat fast: Usually after to many beers (the next day) or to much caffeine. Also this condition is usually a common thing for someone in there early 40's. You can take a drug to relax you if it really bugs your daily life. It was explained to me your valve almost slams open like throwing a door open: You just can feel it.

scottbushey

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From: Florida
Registered: 8/12/06
Re: skipped heartbeats
Posted: Aug 26, 2006 8:24 AM   in response to: JAY23 in response to: JAY23
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'Flopppy valve'? Ask about regurgitation as with valvular problems, pooling of blood on top of the valve can be a concern; did you have an ultrasound and did it show any regurg? If so, are you on a blood thinner?

joyful1nh

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Registered: 8/27/06
Re: skipped heartbeats
Posted: Aug 27, 2006 9:10 PM   in response to: janie87 in response to: janie87
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I was about your age when I started really noticing skipped heartbeats, so bad that they would wake me up from a deep sleep and then cause insomnia. I went to my Dr., who could not hear anything unusual in my heart, and diagnosed it as stress and put me on what I call 'happy pills.' I had in the past had two different doctors at urgent care facilities mention my irregular heartbeat and tell me to discuss it with my primary care Dr. I mentioned this, but still because of my age and my gender was diagnosed with stress and anxiety -- and the irregular heartbeats chalked up to panic attacks. My complaints about being short of breath were attributed to aging, decreased physical activity, and the fact that as a child I had asthma.

Last year (at the age of 40) it just so happened that the weekend before my annual physical was very stressful -- I lived on caffeine and slept very little. The day of my physical, my heartbeat was so irregular they did an immediate EKG and showed it to the cardiologist, who said it was okay to send me home that day, but did schedule me for a stress echo about two weeks later.

The stress echo revealed that I was born with an atrial septal defect (basically, a hole between the two atria inside my heart). Last September I had the defect closed through a catheterization process. During the closure I went into atrial fibrillation and had to have the 'shock' back into sinus rhythm done the next day. Since then I've had lots and lots of PVCs -- the last time I wore a Holter monitor the count was over 5000 in one day.

My cardiologist (1st and 2nd opinions) assure me the PVC's are benign, but they do still bother me. I am taking a beta blocker (Toprol) with its annoying side effects (I now have a resting pulse in the low 40's). I have found that by avoiding triggers like caffeine and alcohol I can control them a bit more, and that all those stress control breathing exercises actually do help. But it is still annoying.

So, keep asking your doctor for an explanation, and if you are not happy with the explanation do get a 2nd opinion. If your skipped heartbeats turn out to be benign, then learning to live with them will probably involve a combination of relaxation techniques, avoiding triggers, and possibly medication.

Prettygirl90230

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Registered: 9/14/06
Re: skipped heartbeats
Posted: Sep 14, 2006 10:17 PM   in response to: joyful1nh in response to: joyful1nh
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Hi my name is Stephanie, my Boyfriend Ziggy has been having this kind of problems too. he has been feeling hes heart skipped and pause for a few seconds, he didnt known what it was, so he went to the ER and the doctor said it was nothing serious, that he was ok and healthy, they did an EKG test and everything. he was normal from all of that. i was REALLY worried about him when that happen. we have never herd about extra heartbeats before, so its pretty new to us. Are extra Heartbeats fatal?? can u die from it???
just curious. i really love him and wanna have a family with him someday. iam scared that he might die. i might be overreacting. The Doctor said that it might be coming off drugs. he did alot of drugs like, speed, heroin, pills, mushroom, u name it, the doctor said it might go away in 6 months, is that possibly true???
please HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i lost my twin sister 1 month ago too, so iam in GREAT grief right now, iam too stress to worry so much. please respond to this!!!!!


THANKS,
-STEPHANIE!

nennette

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Registered: 9/15/06
Re: skipped heartbeats
Posted: Sep 15, 2006 1:49 PM   in response to: joyful1nh in response to: joyful1nh
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Hello there. I'm new to this forum and wanted to ask you what were the annoying side effects to Toprol that you were referring to. I would like to know more about the drug because my dr. wants to put me on a very low dose of it. I was just diagnosed with PVC and will soon undergo a stress echo test. I did have heart surgery when I was 10 (I'm 46 now) for a congential heart condition called PDA (hole in the heart). I'm interested in your experience. Thank you!

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