I have been to a hospital today and they said I had 45,000 ectopic beats in a 24hr period... I thought this was a lot?

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    That is a lot , almost every other beat is dropped ? Definitely 45000 not 4500?

    what did they suggest doing as that number , even 4500, would give cause for concern. I had around 4000 , and the GP got very panicked , but they've managed to get mine down to neglible using a drug called ivabradine although that isn't normally a first choice drug. Usually you've got other things going on as well with that many,  so the Dr will want to reduce the load on your heart and the risk of blood clots. I got banned from sport until it had all settled down but  I'm medicated now and can do most things 

     

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      Thankyou for your reply. It's interesting as I was told I could exercise and I am at the gym as I type this. Yes, definit 45,000 ectopics in one 24 hr period. 

      They are talking about doing an ablation. 

      They also discovered I have a PFO. 

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      Yes that's what they reckoned caused mine. I was a bit shocked as I'd run marathons with it but the dr I saw reckoned my body had adapted to handle it as I never had a symptom. It was found completely by accident. 
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      They are going to salt you:-)

      An ultrasound of the heart is called an “echocardiogram.” It is done to get pictures of the heart and the areas around the heart.  Better pictures are sometimes seen if a material called “contrast” is used during the ultrasound. One type of contrast is saline (sterile salt water). When saline is used it is called a “bubble study”. During a bubble study the doctor or nurse will shake the salt water until it forms small bubbles. The bubbles are then injected into the vein through an intravenous line (IV). In a normal heart the bubbles are filtered by the lungs and are seen only on the right side of the heart. If the bubbles are seen on the left side, it shows that there is an opening between the two sides of the heart, which is abnormal. The abnormality can be an atrial-septal defect or a ventricular septal defect. The bubble study helps to identify those abnormalities.

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      Thankyou for your knowledge.  I have actually had a bubble study done which clearly showed the PFO.  I also had a MRI scan done which showed an enlarged right side of the heart and the echo showed loads of extra beats. 

      I suppose they need to work out if everything is linked, at the moment they are saying the ectopic beats are nothing to do with the enlarged side of the heart of the PFO 

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