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Around 18 months ago I started experiencing palpitations - the sensation of my heart flipping/skipping a beat. I saw my GP who referred me to a cardiologist who ran:
1. 24 hour Holter monitor
2. 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure monitor
3. Transthoracic echocardiogram
All returned normal with the exception of 35 isolated benign supraventricular ectopic beats.
A good few months later, I had prolonged episode while watching TV - this was like a double or triple palpitation. So I went back to the Cardiologist who again performed another 24 hour Holter monitor - this came back with 5 isolated benign supraventricular ectopic beats this time and the Cardiologist reassured me that I have nothing to worry about.
However, I feel like my palpitations are getting worse and I'm extremely concerned. My palpitations seem to be becoming more frequent; whilst visiting friends a couple of weekends ago, (after a long day and two glasses of wine), the thumps were happening every 5-10 minutes or so until I drank some water. The following day, whilst on a short walk, they were again happening every 5-10 minutes or so and again while at the cinema - they sometimes calm down but then start again. Each episode didn’t appear to last more than an hour and appear to be single runs.
The other new symptom I have discovered; is that my pulse sometimes appears irregular; if I press with my index finger I can sometimes feel irregular beats(without thumps), however, this is not always the case, my pulse is regular, this appears very intermittent. I also sometimes experience the palpitation thumps when exercising (running) or walking fast but not always. For example, urgently requiring to pass a stool, running up a flight of stairs and immediately sitting down on the toilet, I sometimes get a run of strong skipped beats (not thumps) for 10 seconds or so - I have noticed this twice when needing to pass a stool and rushing for a toilet.
Do you think it's worth seeing my Cardiologist again? I know my Cardiologist told me that I have a healthy heart and do not need a cardiologist however, I feel that my symptoms are becoming more frequent and it's impacting my life as the anxiety is crippling.
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