irregular heartbests

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I have been getting irregular heartbests for about three years

I have seen a number of cardiologists and had numerous tests but no cause or cure can be found.

they are really scary especially if I get a run of a dozen or so one after the other because I am never sure its going to right itself.

they seem to be worse after activity or if I am tired.

the only thing I am seem able to do to help is controlled breathing but this is not always possible.

any suggestions on helping them would be much appreciated.

Many thanks in advance...

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    Whatever you are doing, you can try to control your breathing. I think sometimes we get caught up in what we are doing maybe, and we don't even realise we are not breathing properly, ie taking very shallow short breaths. Then we might notice an ectopic........Even if I'm in a group of people and we are all talking, I deliberately slow down my breathing, consciously put my hand on my stomach and feel the breath into that area. I also relax my shoulders, it's at those times I can definitely feel I am tense. This does help, and although I still get the ectopics, after food, or perhaps when I've seen or heard something that upsets me - if I can deliberately concentrate on my breathing and relax my shoulders, the ectopics do decrease. Good luck with it, we are all with you....Lizzie in Oz
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      Thanks for your response.

      I do try with the breathing...its just the worse they get the harder they become to try and control.

      Wishing you well.


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      I know, we all understand. They are awful. When I went for an echo last year, both my cardiologist and nurse had a little discussion with each other about how they both got ectopics. They were both so relaxed about it. I've been told my heart is fine on many occasions, so I have to try and live with this as best I can. You will have bad days with them, you will have days when you don't get many at all. But you will learn to cope better when they occur, and it's always good to know you are not alone with them......Lizzie in Oz
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      I know ... my cardiologist said something similar.

      This is the first forum I have ever joined so I'm a little unsure of the etiquette of them so forgive me if I'm not 'with it'.

      Is it impolite to ask questions of people?

      Its just I suffer other side effects and wondered if others do ie shortness of breath and chest pain.

      Again thank you for replying.

      Please don't be afraid to tell me to stop writing I won't be offended.

      I'm just learning how to talk to others on the site.

      Keep well


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      Gosh, ask questions, as many as you want'll find us a friendly helpful bunch of people generally, all of us suffering from ectopics or svt's or similar. And all looking for answers. As long as you have had your heart checked out and they say it's fine, then these forums can help enormously because you will discover how common this complaint is. Ignore the posts that spell doom and gloom, ignore the posts that advise you to do something you know won't be right for you. Most of the people posting here will try to help and will tell you how they are coping, and one or two of those methods just might help are never on your own with ectopics, it's incredible just how common they are.......and how many of us make them so much worse because our anxiety builds each time. Sounds like you are on the right track for you with your breathing and relaxing techniques, practice makes perfect with this scenario and I myself am so grateful I also found this way to help myself some....regards Lizzie in Oz
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    Hi I think as you have been reasssured that all is fine with your heart you must accept this.  I have been getting these for years since I was in my twenties and am now 60 and still here to tell the tale.  When they happen try and distract yourself by counting backwards in 9's from 300 or some mathematical problem.  Good luck.  Everyone is so helpful on this forum.  Thanks.
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