Skipped beats

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So basically I suffer from health anxiety and I've been to the doctors and even seen a heart specialist had echo and 24 hours ecg my blood work is always fine as is my ecgs when I've been hospital just recently I've been getting the ectopic beats constant like after every 8 beats I don't always feel them unless I'm checking my pulse and then I can feel the pause in my pulse this is really starting to scare me cause I feel like my heart will just stop which in turn is making me constantly check my pulse someone please tell me they get these as well!??

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    Hello, Kayleighbebs smile

    Yes, I get this. In fact, the more I think about it the more it happens.

    Mostly it is caused by a panick attack, or when I am extremely anxious and suddenly become hyper aware of my body. I suddenly feel like some part could do what you describe and almost 'switch off'.

    If In this mindset I become aware of my heart I notice flutters or a sensation of a skipped beat.

    Remember... This is all your anxiety. You said yourself that you have had all relevant tests needed that state your heart is healthy.

    Checking your pulse will only feed your obsession. You have no need to.. Next time this happens I always recommend taking three, deep breaths with a pause in between.

    Breath in slow and deeply through your nose and then hold for ten seconds. Then exhale through the mouth slowly.

    Repeat this two more times. It slows your body down and reduces the 'fight or flight' response which high anxiety and/or panick attacks create.

    It will also help you to not fixate on your heart beat.

    As you relax the symptoms will ease.

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    I have a conjenital Heart problem and I now just trust all my tests, it has been around for sixty six years, so I do not take any notice now. as I was born with it.

    If your GP is happy and the risk outweighs the condition as far as operations are concerned go with the flow and live with your dancing, galloping beat


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