Heart palpitations. What kind is it?

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Every now and then, but becoming more frequent I have had a heartbeat that freaks me out. It almost feels like the heart stops or just sputters. When it happens I can't move I can't think or do anything and the one time I was standing when it happened I almost went to the floor. I wouldn't say it hurts, but it feels like there is just suddenly a hole in my chest with a horrible feeling.

EKG showed nothing, and my endocrinologist thinks they are due to hyperthyroidism and have a 70% chance of going away when I get my thyroid fixed.

Also when I take my blood pressure almost half the time I take it the arrhythmia meter lights up.

Any idea which kind of palpitations these are? 

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    For two years NHS failed to detect my palpitations with their 24 hour monitor. In the end it became obvious to me it was my heart as I could see my stomach jump when I got the feeling. So I bought my own ecg, that way, I could take an ecg when I was getting the feelings and then show my doctor.

    Turned out I had Ventricular Tachycardia.

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    Go see a heart specialist, I have irregular beats that got worse after surgery and stress, I had to wear a Holter monitor for 24 hours and in that time had 9000 irregular beats , 5000 is okay , put on beta blockers and have stopped, I take my blood pressure andnowhardlyget any . It was a horrible feeling , sort of dizzy and spaced out . Worrying about it makes it worse and makes you really notice them. So get it checked could be okay 
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    Endocrinologist is right, probably a result of hyperthyroid. Could ask for referral to cardiology so they can investigate further. I have SVT, have had it 4 years +, only diagnosed January this year. I’ve been told that palpitations are rarely life threatening but unless an EKG/ECG is done when you suffer an attack there is little to be done about it. Now I have a diagnosis I have had to stop driving and send licence back to DVLA until SVT is fixed, as it could happen in car whilst driving! 
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    Hi Brenna - Sounds like you are having palpitations When I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism it was awful, but its true once that is fixed it will go away. However, after many years of not having palpitations I now have them, almost everyday and yes they feel like your heart will not start up again. I've had a cardiac work up and all is normal and palpitations are very, very common and as long as you don't have heart disease, it's really nothing to worry about. Took me a long time to get to that point of not worrying. Make an appointment to see a cardiologist if anything for peace of mind. Hope this helps you.

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