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Constant palpitations for over a month
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Constant palpitations for over a month

Hi
I am a 43 year old male non-smoker, moderate drinker. For the past month I have had constant palpitations 3-4 maybe per minute. I did an ECG and 24n hour holder monitor, both came back more or less normal – the Holter showed I had isolated systolic beats. I also had a chest x ray to rule out aorta dissection as I have also had pain and numbness in left arm for 4 months. Unfortunately, the palpitations are still making my life miserable, it’s so difficult to work, sleep or function in general. I am on a mild dose of beta blocker (1.25mg bisoprolol) but it doesn’t seem to make much difference.

Peter
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Dear Peter,

I'm sorry to hear about your symptoms.  It sounds like you are having premature ventricular contractions and are having a lot of them.  They can be very symptomatic for some people.  Have you seen a cardiologist?  While premature contractions can be benign, someone having them as frequently as you are should probably be evaluated with some imaging, such as an echocardiogram or cardiac MRI.  
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