Odd Heart Rhythm

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Hello! I was looking for some advice on a weird thing. When I was about 13 or 14 or 15 (I'm now 20), there was an incident where my heart rate briefly seemed to go a bit odd. I had been doing some kind of exercise which left me out of breath, and for some reason I then decided to lie on my bed with my legs on the wall, and my body at such an angle that I was essentially upside down (I hope that makes sense, it was a while back and I don't recall it perfectly). I happened to put my hand across my heart, and noticed that it was beating in an unusual rhythm. It would beat very fast, then skip a couple of beats, then there would be precisely two beats in quick succession, then another skipped beat, and then it would go back to beating very fast. It returned soon enough to a normal rhythm, and I didn't think anything of it at the time, I just thought it was kind of fascinating. Skip forward five or six years, I'm a much more anxious person, and the memory of it has been bothering me recently. I don't think it sounds a very normal thing for the heart to do. I haven't noticed it happening at all since that time, but I suspect it might be worth going to see a doctor about? I had a basic five minute ECG test done a couple of years ago after I had some breathing difficulties, but it came back fine and the breathing got much better the less I panicked about it. I'm especially worried because I'm going to have an operation on Monday which I think requires me to be under general anesthetic, and I've been nervous about that and wondering, if I did have a heart problem, whether the anesthetic would interfere with it. It's all just making me a bit troubled.   

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    You always get a good check up before any surgery so any heart problem would be noticed. I had a slight possible problem once and they did and ECg and an echocardiogram before going ahead.

    An operating theatre is a safe place nowadays with everything needed for every emergency.

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    Jack, I've had some experience I'm heart health. I was scheduled for knee surgery about 9 years ago, and they did the general pre surgery blood work and EKG.

    They called me after the test and said my EKG was abnormal, so they refused to put me to sleep until I was checked out by a Cardioligist. After several test, they discovered my Aortic valve was bad, and I'm lucky to be here today.

    I know per my Cardioligist that anxiety can cause heart skips, but there is a few other things that may cause it. If your ever in doubt, seek professional medical advice.

    The bottom line is they won't operate if any abnormal thing is going on. I know many older folks that have had a skipping heart for years, I'm one of them. Good luck!!!

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      Like you my aortic stenosis was only discovered by chance when I tried to get on to a new hypertension treatment programme. Otherwise who knows how it would have ended.
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    Hi jack18054. Welcome to what seems to me to be Ectopic beats . I have had them for some time and had many tests done. According to to all the drs i have seen they are unpleasant but pretty normal in some unlucky people like us ! Beleive me they scared the hell outta me at first but as your young its probably pretty normal. However im no specialist so its just my own opinion ! Anyway i wish you all the best and dont be too worried as Anxiety definately makes them worse ok ?
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