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Significance of missed beats
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Significance of missed beats

Posted By Rick on September 01, 1998 at 17:20:40:







Over the past 3 or 4 weeks I have had 5-10 instances of an irregular heart beat.  Generally this happens when I am resting, such as sitting down or lying down.  When I take my pulse, I seem to skip every fifth, sometimes fourth, beat.  The period of these missed beats may last 5 to 15 minutes or so, and in one case (last night) stopped for a couple of minutes, then started again.  There's a slight "something funny is going on" sensation, but otherwise I don't feel uncomfortable or tired.
Most of the posts I've read here suggest to me that this is probably PVC's and not of great concern if otherwise healthy (whew!), but I'd like someone to confirm that.  I'm a 46 yr old male, moderately active, a non-smoker, and not overweight.  My father had a pacemaker installed at about age 60 and died at 69 of heart attack complications.  
I do know that previous ECG's have shown that I have a left anterior hemiblock, so I'd like to know if this changes the significance of missed beats.  I've not seen a cardiologist; the LAHB came up from a physical some years ago.  The missed beats concern me and I expect to see a cardiologist soon.  Thanks.
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