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As a sufferer of cardiac arrhythmias for over 40 years (see my other posts on the forum) I have had long periods of remission followed by the very opposite. Currently I am in the throes of a prolonged phase of ectopics, punctuated by atrial tachycardia, which has been causing utter misery. Recent echocardiogram data confirms that my heart is structurally sound (and it behaved impeccably during the investigation - wouldn't it just!)
Something I have wondered about for quite a while: if one's attention is diverted, through activity involving the presence of other people (friends, colleagues, etc), does this detract from the unpleasant symptoms and focus the mind away from the problem to the extent that these become unnoticeable? This has been my experience of late, in my earnest search for ways of mitigating my symptoms. I notice that, when in company (I live on my own most of the time), social interaction with others makes the symptoms all but disappear! Once on my own again, it isn't long before they re-assert themselves. Does this point firmly in the direction of the triggers of arrhythmia being, in part at least, induced psychologically? Does the lessening of anxiety while in the company of others remove these triggers? I'd be very interested to hear from anyone who has had similar experiences with cadiac misdemeanours while in and out of the company of others.
Good wishes to everyone,
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