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Heart Palpitations
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Heart Palpitations

Hi I am 21 years old and have been experiencing Palpitaions frequently for about 2 years. When I have my Palpitations it feels like my heart has stopped and then The next beat hits really hard. I also experience palpitions that feel like my heart stopped and then the next few beats are like a studder with rapid heart beat in between the studdered beats. I have been evaluated by Cardiology at Metro Health and have had EKG, and echocardiogram done. I also wore a ECG event monitor for 1 month and all my tests came back fine. When i experience my palpitions i get dizzy and tired. I also get a stabbing in my left breast bone when I do not experience palpitions. When Im dizzy I feel pulse and it is very faint and can barely be felt and when i feel good my pulse can be felt easily. I also feel off balance all the time. Like I said i have been experiencing this for two years and just want to feel normal again. I have never had any health problems in the past. Can someone tell me something about this PLEASE
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Based on what you wrote, it is unfortunately very difficult to say what might be going on. There are a number of different causes for palpitations or irregular heart beats (PVC's, PAC's, sinus arrhythmia, atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, etc). The best test that is used to evaluate this are things that sound like have already been completed - ECG, echocardiogram, holter monitor (for an extended period of time). There is the small possibility that the holter did not catch any events -- which means you did not have any episodes for the entire month, but is unlikely. However, if you are still having persistent symptoms, and are causing significant problems with your daily activities, you should speak to your physician about possibly setting up another holter study. If done, you should keep a log of when you are experiencing your symptoms and see if there is any correlating evidence on the recorded data. If not done already, basic blood work should also be performed to evaluate your thyroid function.
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