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This is about "skipped heart beats".

So right off the bat, I'll explain that I have anxiety and panic disorder. Usually I have these skipped beats under control and I don't worry. However the last 3 weeks or so I have been exercising trying to get fitter. One thing I have noticed my resting heart rate seems to have lowered dramatically from a usual 78-85bpm to 68-76bpm in just these last weeks. Also dropping to around 62-65bpm at night, like right now for me. Problem is, last 2 or 3 days I've started noticing I'm getting a lot more skipped beats when I'm laying there at night watching tv. Should I be worried? I've heard of fit healthy people having undiagnosed heart problems and dying. Like even the footballer Davide from Fiorentina. This has put me on edge. I had a ultrascan on my heart a few years ago like 2015 or something and they said my heart was structurally fine but with me doing exercises now could that all change? I'm agoraphobic so I struggle to get out to see a doctor... life is difficult and there is no winning..

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    You maybe need to get a holster monitor for 24 hours to see , or have an echo cardiogram , I have ventricular ectopic beats , more like an extra beat , they suddenly got worse when I was feeling really stressed and so put on beta blockers , have cut them down from2.5 mg to a quarter and that seems enough , it has stopped the funny beats , and also my anxiety . I may get the odd one , but that’s not unusual or a problem. I’m under a cardiologist do I get yearly or 6 monthly check ups anyway as had valve repair surgery . Look at York Cardiology on google , the cardiologist has lots of videos on various types of arrhythmia , he’s very good . If you are that worried you should go and see someone . 
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    Hello AussieLee,

    I have P A-FIB and am on Flecainide and Warfarin.

    No Afib for +2 years.

    Now this is just me so see what others say.

    I would see your doctor about the reducing HR if nothing else in your life has changed just to put you at ease.  I have found just walking an hour a night has reduced my HR from high 50s to low 50s. Plenty of meds also reduce HR.

    Aside from that I get skipped beats all the time even in my doctors office and my docs say not a problem. I

    I had a 10 day Zio patch which monitored my HR for 10 days and told the complete story.

    It could be that you are now more aware of your heart beating.  When I get freaked out about something cardiac related I become much more aware of my heart beat, feel the skipped beats and normal ones as swell and of course worrying only makes things worse for me.  

    I  have been talking to my doc about taking CBD oil with no THC to mellow me out without the THC stonner effects. 

    Regards

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      Hey bud, I don't know if it is just me stressing or not. It's just I only seem to get them at night. I am very aware of my heart beat during the day but do not seem to get them in the day. I have had days where I have skipped beats all day but not for a while, it's just recently started happening most nights.. when my heart rate gets lower so it's putting me on edge that I'll die or something. Like I used to say just cuz I'm exercising doesn't mean it's healthy.. I'm only just starting my CBT for agoraphobia so i struggle to get out the house so I can't even see a doctor.. I'm in a really sh***y situation at the moment.. I'm regretting exercising for 3 weeks though. My belly fat hasn't budged much.

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    It looks  like exercise is paying off if your HR is has dropped 10BMP. Professional foot ball players put a lot of stress on their hearts so I wouldn't worry about that. 

    I would expect you would loose 1-2 lbs a month exercising 30 min a day.

    Eat 1/2 a chocolate bar and there goes a day's exercise.

    Maybe you can get phone appointment with a doctor?

    I just had one with my doc today. 

     

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      Hey just thought I'd follow up. I think it was me stressing out about it. I havent had any skipped beats for 3 days so I'm a lot less on edge. I've took it easy on the exercising as I think I may have been pushing myself too hard also.. I've lost 2lbs in the last week smile I've stopped eating chocolate altogether just been eating what I need to. Stopped eating junk food too. Except on Saturdays I treat myself to a good curry or kebab depending on what I feel. I haven't rang my doctor either, I just thought I'd see how it goes and I'm feeling fine for now. I'm just not used to exercising hard. I assume that is what was causing it and also worrying about it. But thank you for your words, wisdom and time. I really appreciate it smile

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