Ectopic heartbeat

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Around 2 years ago I went to the GP with 'odd' heartbeat. I was told it was ectopic heartbeat and nothing to worry about. Sure enough, a week later it stopped.

Recently I had a terrible cold/flu virus that knocked me for six. My odd heartbeats started again, but this time they haven't gone away (6 weeks later). It feel like the heart beat revs up, pauses, and thumps out an almighty beat. I'm very aware of it, and sometime it even hurts. I can get them individually, and then nothing for an hour, but sometimes they come in clusters of 6 or 7 within the space of half a minute.

Recent ECG was normal, but they did observe the ectopic beats and referred me to a specialist (still waiting). My BP was also a little up at 140/90. Could my BP be causing this? My doc seems very relaxed about it, but given that I'm 6'6" and weigh 19 stone, I'm sh*tting myself to be honest.

Does anyone else have similar experiences?

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    Hi spelbound,

    I was interested in your post re: ectopic beats as my hubby was told he has this condition but, he has never felt anything no missing beats, nothing odd. They sent him to have an ablation and said he has multi ectopic beats, they killed some but not all. The hospital put a 24 hour monitor on and this is where they picked it up from.

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    these ectopics are no fun. i have exactly what you have and have had for years. i have had all the tests, stress echocardiogram and just recently a ct angiogram, all show normal heat structure but how can your heart missing beats, thumping, fluttering be normal i ask? i also get a run of them and these cause me a lot of stress, which adds to the problem, i try very hard when they are bad to take some deep breaths and tell myself to relax, easier said than done. i suggest getting all the tests done so that you can be reassured that your heart is structually sound and that these ectopics are just a nuisance, good luck

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