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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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