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It's a relief to finally find other people going through the same symptoms and discussing it on this forum. I'm 33 years old and have suffered from ectopic hearbeats since i was a high school kid!
Wanted to share my experience and look for new advice on how to deal with these horrible things!
Basically it's good days and bad days. Been having them for over 17 years. At times of stress i could easily get a dozen every hour for most of the day. Lack of sleep and general fatigue bring them on. Exercising makes them disappear. Im an active,healthy man. Gym and cardio workouts 3-4 times a day for the past 4 years. Non smoker. My GP has dismissed the 'skipped' beats over the years and always joked about the 1000 other things which might kill me lol. Saw 2 cadiologists. Did a cardiac ultrasound, cardiac stress test, tons of blood tests,wore a 24 hours Holter (1 episode of SVT and 2 ectopics caught, was having a good day 😉 ). All tests came back clear. No idea whether i have PVCs or PACs but ibe never had tachycardia. Cadioslogist also basically explained ive got nthg to worry abt and will have to live with it. My resting heart rate is usually between 55 and 64 bpm which ive always believed is a good sign and due to the constant workouts/hiking/jogging etc
Alcohol seems to bring them on and so does caffein of course. So i rarely drink now and have completely stopped coffee for the past few months. No heart problems in the family. Although my mum complains once in a blue moon of a random heart palpitation.
I could go months on end without feeling a single one. Then they come back with a vengeance for a week or two.
Ive read a lot about these buggers and decided to finally post here because of a recent developpement. Due to the covid situation and the gym closure ive been working out at home for the past month. My exercice routine has been rather harder than usual with more cardio and leg workouts. I woke up 2 weeks ago,after a harder than usual daily workout, with a series of ectopic beats for 15 min. Many in a row! Or every other beat. Scarred the heck out of me cuz ive only extremely rarely felt that many in a row. Since then ive been having almost daily episodes of multiple ectopics in a row but only at night just as i lay down to sleep. Im terrified im having them while sleeping as well cuz ive been waking up tired on some days. They stop and become rare throughout the day. Had 6 in a row (every beat was an ectopic beat) yesterday evening and it was truly terrifying.
Anyone here has faced a similar situation? Could the increase in frequency be related to the harder workouts? Could the vagal nerve be involved? (ive been having acid reflux issues for the past year, read somewhere it could be an aggravating factor,sthg abt the GI-Vagal Nerve-Heart connection).Is having numerous ectopic beats in a row life threatning? Any advice or insight would be a bliss! Thanks and stay safe everyone
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