Heart palpitations and scared! please help

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Hello my name is Jenn and I am struggling with heart palpitations and it is causing a great deal of anxiety.  I already have an anxiety disorder so this is making it worse. Nine years ago I had a Echocardiogram and all was normal.  I went to a cardiologist three years ago and had a EKG and blood work all normal.  Dr said he thought it was anxiety.  I do have a lot of stress lately with family issues so I am feeling more high strung lately than usual, I am getting a fluttering feeling or missed beat not sure what you call it.  It has been happening a lot during the day and night.  I am scared out of my mind.  I have no other symptoms but this..could someone please give me some advice

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    I get them sometimes there called pvc or pacs. There just extra heartbeats. I have anxiety to so try not to worry. Your not a lone. Ive heard magnesium helps with them although ive nver tried because mine have subsidised alot.
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      Hello Samantha,  thank you so much for your reply, I was getting really scared because it's a very uncomfortable feeling.  My friend just told me earlier that Perimenopause can cause palpitations also.  Have you ever had a cardiologist or doctor explain what causes these .  Now I know they have a name is a little more comforting.  Maybe I will try the magnesium.

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    My cardiologist said that is is very common and most people get them buts its the few like us that can feel them.
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      Oh wow! thank you , you have really helped me to understand this whole thing.  I will try to remember this when I have them probably tonight trying to go to sleep.  Thank you Samantha🙂

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    Hi Jennifer,I have had this "skips"jumps and bumps"for 40 years.Had every test.They say they are harmless PVC's or PACs. Now, they may be harmless physically, but mentally, no way! I have anxiety disorder too. Makes it very hard to ignore them as drs say to do. But, I really try. I get a couple everyday that I feel. ( probabaly more I don't) Since everyone living gets them occasionally. Honest. And yes, people going into menopause get them more frequently, its the hormone thing. They will get better. I would recommend a product called Heart Calm on Amazon. It is Magnesium, and Taurine and CoQ10 and a small bit of Potassium. I took it to my heart doc and he says alot of his patients take it. Honey, he is the No. 3 EP specialist in Florida( where I live) EP doc specializes in heart rhythm. Now , I have a pacemaker , not because of the the skips, because I had a slow heart rate. I am 65 and it happens. But, I still get the skips. They will not kill you. Try to do some meditation and deep breathing . It helps . Exercise usually helps them go away too. You can message me anytime. I am the biggest chicken of these things. I take Xanax too to calm me. Low dose. We can beat these things. I try to just say" there is my heart hiccuping again " that is really what it is!! Go to Ytube and look up dr Sanjay Gupta. He is a cardiologist in York England who discusses these things at length and how to handle them and all kinds of videos!! Honest, would I lie! Take care and keep on  keeping on!! Hugs, Mabel!!( I just had a skip as I typed, because hubby is making my nuts!)Deep Breaths!!!!!

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      Hello Mabel,  I am speechless over your wonderful reply, this site is so fabulous.  You are so up beat and inspiring and I feel so much better that so many people have given me such caring and informative advice.  I just came back from walking with my dog, I try to walk fast and take deep breaths while we walk.  I notice when I walk I do not get any skips or bumps.  I just sat down a little while ago and got a few.  I am 51 and have been told I am in perimenopause, what a challenge!  my periods are shorter and closer together now can't wait until it goes, I've had it since I was 9!  You sound like a very positive person which is wonderful.   But, having anxiety is a real challenge also and positively makes these PVCs worse I am learning. I think what made me so conscience of them is that my friend was hospitalized last week for congestive heart failure and she"s 45.  She had water retention, out of breath, weak couldn't walk it was terrible.  She is better now and at home on diuretics.  But that scared the life out of me.  I also take Xanax from time to time and I am on Paxil and Nortriptyline for anxiety and depression.  I come from a very high strung family and genetics of depression and anxiety, so we have all had to learn to calm down.  I will probably go to a cardiologist to make 100% sure I am ok, but now I am not scared to death and panicking... Thank you so much and I hope you stay well and I will keep you posted.  smile

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      Great that you mention the dr sanjay gupta. When I have frequent palpitations I go to his utube videos and watch a few. They help the anxiety. And I agree with the exercise - if I can get busy with some type of physical activity, they seem to go away. Meditation and breathing techniques also are good.

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      Hi Charles, yes I love Dr Guptas videos ! He knows so much about them and about their connection with food, nerves, etc. His outlook is always positive. I like that he concentrates on quality of life, not quantity. He really trys to knock out fears down a few levels. He does so much research. I signed up to get his videos sent to my mail when he has new ones. Thank you for helping Jennifer. We have to back each other up if we can. Take care. To a peaceful day, with a laugh or 2! Mabel27
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      Mabel, your reply and information to Jenn is so kind and helpful to me. I've been having terrible PVCs since beginning of December. It's been a nightmare and so hard to relax. Get so scared and feel so alone. Cardiologist has told me my heart is fine, and not to think about it so much. Yeah, easier said than done. The PVCs can be so uncomfortable at times. I'm taking a beta blocker and something for anxiety. Just want the symptoms to go away.

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      Hi Jennie, I am glad I could help you some. I hate when the "skips" and jumps come a lot. I still get scared some. But, I try hard not too,I think this just "feeds" them. They like the adrenaline. Something I have a lot of. Sometimes I only get a couple every few days, then some every day. Usually, when I am relaxing or going to sleep. I hate that, feels like they want to make me jump. I try so hard not to feel my pulse and just ignore them. Don't succeed often. I am constantly alert to them . I know how miserable it can be. But, like I said, have had them for over forty years. And they do get worse with age I am afraid to say. But, the mag and the beta blockers and watching the alcohol etc helps. But, I do have some sake, or champagne, or a tiny drink most nights( try to keep the alcohol content low) but drink lots of water with any drink I have. Dehydration is bad for your heart. I hope you are having a good day. I am going to see a movie with Hubby this afternoon. I will try not to eat too much popcorn!! Take good care, Mabel

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      Hi Mabel, thanks so much for your reply and taking the time to do so. You are great and such a good attitude. It's so hard to talk to anyone about it especially since they are not serious. It's hard to ignore and be normal. I'm actually on a leave of absence from work. The symptoms are better but still make me feel anxious. I ordered the Heart Calm. Hope it helps.

      Thanks again for being so kind. I hope you enjoyed the movie with your husband ... and not too much popcorn ... darn! ??

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      Hello Mabel,

      I started taking the Heart Calm today. I hope it works for me! Couple questions. You said you take three capsules. Do you take one pill in morning, then noon and then evening? Also are your palpitations different types of feelings ... skipping, hard thuds, fluttering, swooshing, and palpitations in upper stomach area? I get so many sypmtoms. I even get a feeling like my heart aches, like the surrounding muscle area is achy. So strange. I just curious what you felt.

      Thanks again for your time and help!! Hope you are having a good day! : )

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      Hi Jennie, Glad you started the heart Calm. It may take a week or more to feel the difference. Maybe shorter. Yes, i take it morning ,noon and night. Try to take it with food. Absorbs better. Oh yes, I be the hard thuds, ( sometimes painful) also the weird stomach ones. I get a lot in my throat, sometimes in the front or on the side. They said when I had my loop recorder I had more PACS than PVCs Sometimes I get the long pause and then the huge thump!( hate those) They are all different. And at all different times. I can just be talking, and get one by my throat. I only have one lady I know here that gets these, they don't bother her. They do me! Scare me when I get a couple in a row. I really feel like they have calmed down a lot. But, when hubby upsets me they come back with a vengeance! I am just getting going here!it is before nine in morning! 😹You take care, and don't let them get to you. I try to say, they are heart hiccups. God will heal you, he has you by your right hand always!!God bless!!

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      Hi Mabel!

      Thanks again so, so much for your kind, caring and supportive words. It is truly helpful! I was all ready to start the Heart Calm, but then got nervous. Cannot help being nervous about everything right now. I will start, I need to give a try. Will keep you posted.

      Thank you again so much!!! Big HUG ... Jennie

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      Jennie, call your Dr and ask him if you can take it. I am sure you c an. Nothing bad for you in it. If you don't want to take pills, just get some pure magnesium oil and rub it on. Or Epson salt soaks work. The magnesium oil will help calm you. I use it during the day and at night before bed. Honest. We are all lacking in it.Hugs back. You can beat this!!😊 God bless!Breathe!

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      I went to doctors today and seen a GP but not my usual GP I asked him if magnesium could help with anxiety and sleep problems he looked at me like I was crazy and said I have never heard anything about magnesium helping anxiety, then I said well would it be safe to take with propanolol and he said well it's not safe if u take too much bc can cause irregular heart beat then then I said well what is the recommended doseage and he said he didn't know! Absolutely useless won't be seeing that doctor again

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      I agree, that doctor is worthless. Are you sure he's a real doctor. 😕 Sorry you had to deal with someone like that. Makes our symptoms worse!

      Good luck finding the right doctor. I hope you feel better.

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      Anxiety, seems the "site moderators" did not like what I wrote. I am not sure why. Maybe because I said that most Drs don't know much about vitamins or nutrition. It is true. But, I will try again,I don't understand why he could not look up what the recommended dosage was. That would have made sense. I guess he did not feel it was important. You can look it up yourself. If you rub the magnesium oil on your skin, it will get to you on a cellular level. Have the Dr do a magnesium blood test to see what your levels are. I did,mine were so what low. I take magnesium and rub the oil on the bottoms of my feet at night and use some during the day too. Recommended, by my physician. To the moderator on here, I would like to know what I said to have 2 of my replies removed. Thank you. Take care dear!

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      Jennie, I replied to you, but the" moderators" took it off. I don't know why. Seems you have we have "watchdogs" on this site. I know I did not say anything bad. I may get off this site. I know this comes from the UK and you have some rules about" freedom of speech" Glad we don't have your rules here, Good luck

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      Hi Mabel,

      No worries. I am so thankful for your special posts!!

      Enjoy your evening ... Super Bowl time. I will keep you posted on my progress.

      Jennie in California ♡

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      Mabel, I wish people had another way of making contact during their times of need and worry. Makes me sad since I feel so alone with these heart palpitations.
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      Jennie on Facebook their is a group called Benign and Untreated PVC's and Pac's It is great, go look there my name is Debbie van Dijk on there!!Hugs, hope to see you there

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      Great, what is your name there so I can talk to you( if you want me too?) You will love them, so much knowledge!!
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      Still waiting to get in. They sent me a message but not sure where to retrieve. Im a knucklehead. smile My name is Jennie Cecchini... thanks
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      Hi Jennie - You and me are the same. Mine started also in December. When I feel my pulse every 3rd or 4th beat then a skip. Goes on for a long time. I've seen by cardiologist and so far my work up is normal. Just need a stress test now, but that scare me if I have them during that and my heart beats fast. I'm told not to worry my heart is fine - easier said than done. I've been on a beta blocker for years for my hypertension and have had no problems with this. Hope things get better for you, but it's so nice to chat with others who experience the same thing. Helps to put the mind at ease.

       

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      Hi Marcy, I totally understand!! It's not easy to deal with when your heart is not beating in a normal rhythm. And hard to not think about it. Mine can last all day. Started taking the magnesium. I think it's helping. Thanks for your post. I hope you start feeling better. ??

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