ectopic heartbeat

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I went through a particular stressful time last year and was very anxious in a new job. I started with heart flutters every now and then. These got worse and i started having them every day. Affected sleeping. I had to give up job. Doctor didn't seem concerned explained about adrenaline and ectopic beats. I was sent to a specialist and had a 24 hour holter monitor and echocardigram and ecg four in fact. All came back fine. My heart was healthy apparently. Holter monitor picked up pav and pcv. But I am now over a year down the line and I still get them every day not as bad some days i only feel one or two but I am fed up of them. I am not stressed or anxious but these things are ruining my life I am scared to get another job in case they get worse again. Do they ever go or am I stuck with them? Has my heart got into a bad habit? Just wondered if anyone could advise thank you.

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    Hi Susan,

    like you, I suffer with ectopic beats every day, sometimes most of the day. There are very occasional times when I may have a day without anything.  I have a loop recorder inside my chest and every few months I do a recording which goes straight through to the hospital. They are just monitoring my ectopic beats. My cardiologist decided to do this. Perhaps this issomething your cardiologist could recommend for you. Like you also I have been told that my heart is healthy. I am afraid this is something you have to live with.I work as well. Have you given up coffee, tea ,chocolate,  All of these have caffeine which is a trigger.Also don't drink fizzy drinks,they have caffeine as well.  Also if you like liquorice,that has an ingredient in it which causes your heart to miss a beat. I gave all these up. It's a real pain  I know and when it happens it does make you anxious.  I hope this is a little helpful for you.

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      Thanks for your reply Ann. It's as though stress was the trigger. I will go back to the doctors and see what they say I guess they will refer me back to the cardiologist. I never had them ten years ago with stress and they went away but they seem to not want to go this time. Some days I only feel one or two and others five or six. I exercise regularly and sometimes feel them then but mostly when I am relaxed. Xxx
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      Hi Ann. I just wondered how u sleep? I sleep a bit better now as they have reduced but when they were in full force I can't sleep. X
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      Hi Susan,

      Sometimes I find it difficult to sleep other times they make me so tired that I sleep well.  Interesting today I have had them since I got up this morning and they haven't stopped, Iam exhausted today. Tomorrow could be completely  different.

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      When did yours start Ann? I had them 10 years ago when my dad passed away I was only 30 when they started. Doc said it was adrenaline, they came in runs but they went away and I have only felt the odd one over the years normally when anxious. Then last year when I was 40 I was very anxious in a job and they started and got worse but they just don't seem to want to go this time although I am only feeling two or three now sometimes a few more. X
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      Also Ann I am sorry u are suffering today I know how horrible they are but like u said what can we do there doesn't seem to be a cure? I hope they ease up tomorrow x
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      Hi Susan,

      Mine started about 10 years ago but they were very erratic.I am on 5mg biosopralol and I put myself on magnesium as well as the cardiologist said they would help, which they have. They have calmed a lot so Iguess this is something I have to live with. xx

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      Thanks Ann. I will try the magnesium. I eat a healthy diet and stay away from all the things u mentioned. I make myself a smoothies every morning with coconut water and fruit. I try everything to help. Xxx
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