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Having found this site, I am quite shocked by how many sufferers there are all suffering with ectopic beats, me included. A lot of you are very young, unlike me at 70! It would be great if the heart specialists out there could read the cries for help on this site and maybe offer us some solutions instead of the flippant comments we get in the consulting room ie. "it's just something your heart likes to do", "it's benign", "it's like hiccups", "walk around your garden 3 times" bla bla bla. Having read many articles in newspapers and magazines on the subject, a lot of them view ectopic beats as abnormal and need investigating - they can cause blood clots to form as blood backs up in the chambers of the heart and could lead to a stroke or heart attack. So why do our consultants largely dismiss us. Is it because it is too costly for the NHS to treat us in that offering us an operation is something our doctors could not afford from their budgets? I am rather cynically suspecting this!
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