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Old 01-02-2008, 03:27 PM
 
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Does anyone else have heart palpitations? I have had them off and on for the past 10 years (I'm in my early 30's), but have had them every day for one year now, whereas in the past they would come and go every few years.

I was diagnosed with PVCs, which stands for pre-ventricular contractions. What it feels like is your heart pausing or skipping a beat, and then beating very strongly--a thud. I went to the cardiologist complaining of this and I got a holter monitor, which shows what's going on for a 24-hour period. I also got an echocardiogram and an EKG. Anyhow, all these things were normal except for the PVCs.

I'm wondering how other people who have them deal with them. There is no medication that is right for me, because with a normal echo and no history of heart disease in the family, these are usually not treated.

However, they are very bothersome, and some days I feel them several times a minute, whereas other days I just feel 20 or so per day. Sometimes they make me feel anxious, and I'm trying to figure out how to deal with that.

I am also wondering how others feel them during exercise.
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:36 PM
 
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Hi,

I was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse a few years ago. I can't say that I noticed any daily palpitations, but I did have two "episodes" (10 years apart) when my heart went berserk. The first time, it was a flutter and the second time it was clunking randomly around in my chest.

I also recently had two episodes where I was stressed out and my heart did odd things. The first time it started kicking on the side of my chest. The second time it just felt like it was going to burst.

I also had the holter, the episode monitor, ... is that all? I thought there were three monitors, but maybe I'm thinking of the office ekg. Did you do that crazy one where you had to transmit your recording over the phone? Then I had a trans-esophogeal echo. I'm a problem case.

I hate to sound too cliche, but I'd avoid caffeine, alchohol, and things like cold medicines that can cause agitation. I'm wondering if you are just worried that there is something wrong that they are not detecting? Or is it just bothersome as a symptom? I was told that people with mvp are always having odd palpitations, but for me it's never been the case, except for these, I guess 4 incidents I've mentioned.
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Old 01-02-2008, 06:07 PM
 
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I get them periodically. I am in my mid-30's and used to take BC pills, which are said to cause palpitations, but I haven't taken the pill in years and I still get them. I get the fluttering and sometimes I feel it in my throat. Very strange and it makes me anxious as well. I think my problem is poor circulation as I am healthy, but get light headed when I stand up and my hands and feet are always freezing. My doc said the medication side effects are worse than the treatment, so not worth it and advised me to avoid caffeine and to try yoga. Not much of a solution, I know. Hope you figure out what is causing yours.
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Old 01-02-2008, 10:59 PM
 
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i had them for years intermittently--went to an md specializing in electrophysiology---was found to have pvcs,and mitral valve problem----was placed on cozaar---a cure--no more problems--recommend a consult with an md specializing in cardiac rhythms
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Old 01-02-2008, 11:15 PM
 
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Yes, I did go to a cardiologist specializing in arrythmias. They said everything is fine, just have these annoying PVCs. There is nothing to be done about them but cope, but that is difficult sometimes, when they seem to be 2 or 3 times per minute.
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Old 01-03-2008, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Pikeville, Ky.
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I was just diagnosed yesterday with Venticular bigeminy( a type of pvc's). My blood pressure (with my medicine) was 161/66..I was told not to do anything except rest until I can start my cardio testing on Monday (complete echo and the cardiolythe stress/dobutamine..My noticed symptoms are shortness of breath, extreme fatique and pounding heart and swollen feet..I have never, never been sick before and so am a little concerned, because I am a very active 66 year old with a very large family that depends on me to be healthy.
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Old 01-03-2008, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Southeastern North Carolina
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It's possible for arrythmia to be brought on by MSG. I have had health problems from MSG over the years, and that was one of them. It can cause all sorts of symptoms and health problems. I have had hives, sore throats, sinus problems, shortness of breath, heart arrythmia, headaches, and heartburn, all from MSG in my food.

Here's a list of sources of MSG in food: MSG / monosodium glutamate -- hidden in processed food

It's something to consider if you have health problems with no other apparent explanation.
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Old 01-03-2008, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Lots of sun and palm trees with occasional hurricane :)
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I was just diagnosed yesterday with Venticular bigeminy( a type of pvc's). My blood pressure (with my medicine) was 161/66..I was told not to do anything except rest until I can start my cardio testing on Monday (complete echo and the cardiolythe stress/dobutamine..My noticed symptoms are shortness of breath, extreme fatique and pounding heart and swollen feet..I have never, never been sick before and so am a little concerned, because I am a very active 66 year old with a very large family that depends on me to be healthy.
Blue... I had a whole cardiac work-up just before I started taking the Chantix and everything was OK yet I have some of the symptoms you have too, like the SOB and pounding heart. My BP has always been 120/80 or 110/70.

I went to get checked because I had tried to take Chantix about 6 or 7 months before and it made me extremely agitated and I felt like my heart was in my throat the whole time so I stopped that time.

This time I did ok so I think the first time symptoms was actually not the Chantix but some other stuff back then.

About the palpitations doglover feels, I feel them all the time too. They say palpitations are not life threatening but if they bother you (they bother me too), you should try to get to the bottom of it.

Do you trust the doctor you saw? Maybe get a 2nd opinion?
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Old 01-03-2008, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Pikeville, Ky.
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A heart specialist will be doing the testing at the hospital on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday..I am one of those that does all the homework and asks questions I never follow any doctors advice or diagnosis with out a list of questions..I have found that they appreciate this and are more open to discussion about risks and prognosis..If it is a blockage, I will tell them to correct it then and there Thanks Vp..I was doing great until around October, when my energy level started to drop and then I began to get shorter and shorter on breath..
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Old 01-03-2008, 04:05 PM
 
Location: My heart is in Wyoming, my body is soon to follow.....
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I have had pvc's since memorial day of 2007. They came on in 3 hour stints 3 times that week, very scary. I've changed my eating habits and have basically become a health nut. I'm buying a treadmill next week and am going to take up yoga also. I noticed big changes when I quit eating crap such as fast food, lots of sugar, trans fats, and foods filled with preservatives and such. I also noticed a difference when I was walking every night this summer. I also notice that I get them if I wait too long to eat between meals, which suggests that blood sugar levels have an effect on them. Also, if I'm not getting to sleep early enough it will happen. I've also learned to de-stress - I could use more though, hence the yoga. Also, if I need to burp I will get them and then when I do they stop, that's the really weird one. Basically as long as I'm doing a relaxing type exercise, eating healthy, avoiding sugar, not drinking alcohol, sleeping from 11 to 8, and getting a massage at least once a month I'm fine. I needed a kick in the butt to start being healthier anyway, so I'm glad in a way, but I'm hoping that after a period of this changed life style that I won'd experience them anymore. I want more children but I'm going to wait a bit to do that, I'm worried about what effect being pregnant will have on them.
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