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Is there a difference between an acoptic and a pause?

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    Hi Betty47298,  An ectopic is a missed beat (hence the pause) then it catches up which can feel like a mild thud. This is what I experience even more so when I've eaten.  I've been told they are nothing to worry about.  Quite a few members of my family have them and they're all doctors!   Obviously, any concerns you may have should always be discussed with your doctor or cardiologist. Good Luck.

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    *Ectopic*. This is where there is a beat intitiated from a different part of the heart. The next one from the normal part is 'cancelled out' so the re is a pause before the next one. In that pause, theheart slightly over fills with blood, so therefore the next beat is a bigger one, a 'thud!' or 'snap!'

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      Thanks. In one way so far I have been lucky not experiencing these difficult symptoms even though plenty of afib whatever that means. Does anyone know how much afib is considered to much afib? Asymptomatic afib is scary in its own way although probably very scary with symptoms. Psychologicall affected anyway..not good. 
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      I've never understood how one can be asymptomatic, I'd rather be that way. The only symptom that would present would be shortness of breath on exertion. Too much Afib would be 24 hrs of it without any anti clotting therapy, such as clexane or Warfarin. 

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      Just don't have all the symptoms I read about..I do have difficulty on exertion ..dancing...sort of going up steps...I can walk for several miles. do feel tired afterwards. If I didn't know better would think just getting old. 

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      I'm 17 and can walk miles and exhausted after.. It certainly isn't an old person thing!

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