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So, I've been dealing with 'palpitations' for the better part of 18 years, I am 42 at this point and they started when I was roughly 24.  I have been taking Atenelol since that time frame as well.  I used to get the 'extra beats' or the 'skip beats', 'flutter' or whatever you want to call it, from time to time.  I would say, 1 quick flutter for roughly 2 seconds....that would happen once a day, every month or two.  They were so far apart I rarely took notice of them.  NOW, fast forward to today.  Ever since last Saturday (7/21) I've been having them ALL DAY.  Flutters, hard beat....like 5-10 an hour all day.  I've made a call to my cardiologist and he scheduled me for a stress test and an ECHO (one is Wednesday and the other is in 2 weeks).  It's extremely alarming since it's happening so often, so much more than I have experienced before.  I have cut out caffeine, I don't drink or smoke.  I don't have any other side effects like being dizzy.  I can still complete my everyday tasks at this point, I just get concerned that these beats are happening more often and they are now associated with a headache.

I know I've read these beats can sometimes cause a stroke, I fear the pain I'm having in my head after these flutters are a symptom of that.  Even though the Dr doesn't seem to be worried, I think I would find comfort knowing someone else has had them with the same frequency, I don't even know if this is a lot in the grand scheme of things.  

I've lot about ER, I know they would do a complete workup on my blood, EKG, etc....but I don't know if that's because I'm more panicked than anything.  I'm on the verge of a nervous breakdown with these extra beats.  Like the title says, HELP!!

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    Hey Rich, don't panic! Some people have more than others, I personally get about 5-6 palpitations a minute at the moment! Others get more than this and others have much less. Good news is your getting looked into. Palpitations feel weird but unless you're getting a constant run of them i.e. heart is almost stuck in a rhythm for minutes/hours/days, then you're going to be ok, and even then, you're most likely still going to be ok smile 

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      Hi Jennifer, thanks for the response!  What do your 'palpitations' feel like, I know I read that everyone has a different sort of experience.  For example, mine are just the flutter like feeling that the heart has done an extra beat.  Like I mentioned above, I think the thing that makes me nervous is that I've been dealing with 1-2 a day, then have them gone for a week or two to now dealing with them everyday, all day.  

      What are you doing for your palps??

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      sorry for the late reply, I've only spotted your reply!

      So the palpitations I get now basically feel like a beat, then a pause, then the next beat is a heavy thud in my chest which makes me a bit dizzy and I have to catch my breath. I tend to describe them feeling as though I've just realised I've forgotten to do something, like a little adrenaline rush. according to my last monitor I get about 1500 of them a day at the moment, so that's a lot of little adrenaline rushes!! but learning to live with them. I'm not taking any meds, I had an ablation for a heart condition a few months ago which fixed my exercise-induced V-Tach but hasn't fixed my PVCs/palpitations. When I get a particularly bad day of them, I basically try to distract myself, get away from my desk, take big breaths, try and relax. doesn't always work, I get them no matter what activity i do (currently laying in bed and getting a palp every 10 beats or so) so i just am trying to ignore them!!

      how are you getting on??

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    Hi Rich - I know very well how palpitations can make you feel anxious. I had them for four months straight constantly everyday. Had a complete work up and reassured that they were benign and not doing any heart damage. What was explained as a hiccup in the electrical rhythm. Some people have them and don't feel them. Mine would happen every third or fourth beat and would feel either like a flutter, a thump or like a sinking feeling. Thank God I only feel one rarely and am so thankful. They do cause anxiety and that only makes it worse. I'm sure you'll be OK.

     

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      Hi Marcy, thanks for chiming in.  You got one thing right, they are certainly enough to drive me crazy with anxiety.  I hope you are correct though, I do have the stress test on Wednesday so I know that will offer me a little more comfort if all goes well.  However, if my heart is ok and nothing to be worried about, I hope he can find a way for the flutters to go away because of the anxiety they bring!!
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    I'm another who has had 5-10 per *minute* and worse, and I can't get the doctors interested and, well, I guess I am still walking around.

    But it won't hurt if you take a baby aspirin every day, maybe some fish oil, throw in a CoQ10, taurine, and magnesium for good luck.  If you're not already doing all this - start!

    How much atenolol are you taking?  I've used it as-needed to fight the arrhythmias but at tiny doses, anything like a "normal" dose turns me into a zombie.  It does seem to help.

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      Right now I'm taking the 50mg, cardiologist recently upped it from 25mg but it doesn't seem to have helped.  I'm still experiencing the flutters daily, every hour.  Again, I think they reason for concern on my part is that they were happening so few and far in between that all of a sudden they are happening daily.....just making me anxious. 

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    Hi Rich my name is Kevin I’ve been having these hard heart beats and pvc and pac , and heart palpitations  now for 35 years I’ve been having them the last two months every day a  a bunch of pauses over and over all day long I just wore a 48 hour heart monitor and they told me not to worry about them they can’t hurt you that’s what they say but it does worry me still I had a cardiac ablation for SVT and now I have a lot of extra heartbeats and PVCs ,pvcs are the bottom of your heart beats before the top and causes a Pause I feel Every one of them in my throat area I have a choky feeling every time I have one all day long so don’t worry right now nerves can really make them worse stay stress free if possible  I am 51 now I started having these heart problems at age 16 good luck 
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    Have you had a D-dimer? Or a chest CT scan with contrast? I had palpitations and I went on beta blockers, but still had problems with my heart beat. I got diagnosed with multiple pulmonary emboli earlier this year but had problems for years before where I was misdiagnosed with anxiety.  It is very often missed particularly if you are on beta blockers. If you have the D-dimer don’t take aspirin before hand. 
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    I suddenly started having ectopic beats, always had a few after I had heart surgery, but not often and was on no medication . I think they started with me because of stress and I had knee surgery and was taking Endone etc for 2 months. I was put on beta blocker ,bisoproponal , 2.5 mg anyway took half and my blood pressure went to low, so took a quarter , this seems to stop them and also stops my anxiety. Im hoping when i see cardiologist i can stop. Unfortunately they can have bad side effects , my low dose seems okay but any more and I feel really odd, when they did a holter monitor for 24 hours I had 9000, seems anything over 5000 and they treat it. Try not to worry , but if your head ache is really bad go to emergency better safe, don't worry if its a false alarm. good luck, maybe see about something for your anxiety, also look up York cardiology , and see loads of really helpful videos they have made on all types of arrhythmia , i found it helped me and calmed me down when i got more knowledge, Dr Gupta is the guy he's great and very interesting, let me know if it helped listening to him

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    Rich, how are you doing now?   I had an abliation and cardioverted in March.  I am wearing a two week monitor now. It is so easy to get crazy over these crazy beats.  Frightening. I found the whole thing made me depressed.  
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      Agreed, I don't feel like my normal self because I'm starting to become so consumed by these flutters.  I don't feel bad, not at all....I can still do the same things I always do but when those flutters come, it zaps the energy from me.  Big time. I actually hate it. 

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    Well i have just gone into hospital today in limassol cyprus the doctor said i have heart falure.

    I have had injection in the stomach

    And have taken about 5 tablets.

    Just seen heart beat at 49 bit low.

    But will know more tomorow.

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