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skipped beats and fast beats

Hi DR.
I have had PVC's for at least 9yrs.  Saw Electrophoiologist in Boston and got the same answer as everyone on this site.  DON'T WORRY and live your life.  No restrictions.  Had echo, ekg, holter, and been to the ER a couple of time.  But every DR. says the same thing.  Your heart is healthy don't worry.  

So with that said.

Should people like us take an Asperin every day?

I used to get just PVC's with an occasional odd flutter that would really scare me.  Now I seem to be getting a short speady beat that last only a couple of seconds, but it is different than the pvc.  I felt my pulse and it was beating .......... fast.  And then when back to normal.  Is this of concern?
With the PVC's it beats . . . .    . . . . . .    . . . . .?

And WHEN is the fast beating of concern?  What are the clues that we should get to a hosptal.  And is there any thing we can do to slow it back down on our own while we seek medical help.

I carry atentol (but don't take it) but thought it would be good to have if needed.  Is that something that would slow the heart rate in enough time to get medical help?

This recent different beat, that I am not used to has made me scared again.  I don't want that fear of going somewhere.  I use to avoid things due to the PVC's, and I finally got over that.  Now it had changed, and the fear is coming back.

I could probably go on all day.   These people are a special group, as no one else understands me when I talk about my heart.

Thanks for your time.

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Hi Heart3,

I am sorry to hear that you are so scared.  Becareful not to let the fear consume you.  PVCs are alarming, they can scare you, but don't let them control.  

1. Should people like us take an Asperin every day?

No.  For simple PVCs alone, there is no indication for aspirin.

I used to get just PVC's with an occasional odd flutter that would really scare me. Now I seem to be getting a short speady beat that last only a couple of seconds, but it is different than the pvc. I felt my pulse and it was beating .......... fast. And then when back to normal. Is this of concern?

I doubt it.  The easiest thing to do is get a holter monitor and record the time when they happen in a diary.  That way you can correlate the symptoms with the heart rhythm at that time.

And WHEN is the fast beating of concern?

Anytime there a sustained fast heart rate or you are feeling faint associated with the symptoms and certainly if you lose consciousness, but any of this would be very rare with simple PVCs.  This is a very individualized question -- you should probably address this with your doctor.  

Is that something that would slow the heart rate in enough time to get medical help?

PVCs will not cause tachycarda.  If you have tachycardia, you should find out why.  It may be sinus tachycardia, it may be an axiety attack with tachycardia.  The problem is I can't give you a range of rates.  We have patients who have baseline heart rates of 110 or 120 and we can't change it, but if someone has a normal heart rate of 60 beats per min and increases to 120 that is much different than a normal rate of 110 and is now 120.  That is why this should be an individualized decision.

This recent different beat, that I am not used to has made me scared again. I don't want that fear of going somewhere. I use to avoid things due to the PVC's, and I finally got over that. Now it had changed, and the fear is coming back.

If the symptoms have change, talk to your doctor and figure out why (if possible).  A holter monitor may answer these questions.

I hope this helps a little.  Good luck and thanks for posting.
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Hi All.  My above display of my PVC's didn't show right.  

We all know what they feel like  beat beat beat     beat beat beat beat     beat beat beat    beat     beat beat beat beat         beat beat beat     beat beat beat     beat beat.  

That's better (lol)
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Ok, so that is not better.  I guess you can't display the skipped beats on the site.  Once I post it, it takes my skipped beats away.  Too bad that wasn't in real life too.....:)
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First off, im not a doctor. oral atenolol would take a couple hours for your body to absorb and take effect, so youd be better off going to the hospital. i occasionally have a short tachycardia like youre describing (might be a bigemeny; 2 PVCs in a row) and i was told the worst that would happen is id get light headed or faint. you should probably have a doc evaluate your case though, or listen to whatever the doc here posts
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Most beta blockers usually work for slowing the heartrate within 30-45 minutes after taking it orally, of course that is for those that respond to beta blockers, others it might have no effect at all.

My experience after suffering with PVcs for over 20 years is that the very same pvcs feel different at times, if they feel different have them reevaluated either by ekg, or holter , chances are you will find out that its the very same arrhythmia just the feeling is different. Most people that suffer from one arrhythmia will usually have the same arrhythmia repeatedly throughout their lifetime.
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I take a beta blocker twice daily and mine kicks in within 15 to 20 minutes tops!  It is wonderful.  I have my life back since I started taking beta blockers.
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I have had pvc's for 5 years now and this month is the absolute worst.  I am having about 1000 to 4000 a day, just did the EKG and holter monitor, with blood testing to have a heart check up since it got worse.  Dr. said I'm perfectly fine.  ???  It is so hard to really believe that.  These pvc's are different feeling as well, they literally keep kicking me in the chest, rolling stomache feeling, light headed, chest pain, left arm pain.  Dr. wants me to take Xanax for the anxiety.  He said with me and my reactions to medications that he doesn't recommended a beta blocker because he thinks I would have bad side effects.  I have also heard that some people have actually had worse pvc's when taking a beta blocker.  Still, I wish I could try it.  I'd try your beta blocker, why haven't you?  At least you will know if it helped or not.  Good luck!  Michelle
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This is my first post so I hope I am doing it right. First off to the OP I feel for you. I have been having the "same" thing happen now for over 2 months and I thought I was going mad till I found this site and started reading that I am not the only one.
I have wanted to post a very similar question but for some reason the questions are full when I try...but I digress.
The one thing I have noticed is the different advice some get from Cardiologists regarding skipped beats and fast beats. I was just diagnosed yesterday by the cardio with benign tachycardia (wouldn't tell me what type just said it was not life threatning) and skipped beats (I was in a state of shock and had my 4yo with me and was not expecting to actually see the MD since I was dropping off my event monitor) and he suggests a Cardiac Ablasion and for now a Beta blocker. I don't know what to do...my regular MD didn't even want me to see a Cardio just told me it was stress and to take a couple zanex.
I wish I could give you some great advice but just know you are not alone. I hope the MD here is able to give you some answers.
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Hi All,   Thanks so much for all your posts.  I know we are all in the same boat.  And it really makes a difference finding this site.  You just know your are not alone.  I am going for a physical in a couple of weeks, and I am going to ask to recheck my heart with another echo etc.  I haven't been exercising lately (more like in forever) so I am sure that doesn't help anything.

It is just so strange how they come on out of the blue, and go away the same way.  There is almost no way to find a pattern of what brings them on.  Some times I am under the most stress ever and not a single beat out of wack, but then 4 or 5 months later boom there they are when every thing in my life seems to be going just smoothly.  They only thing I do know is that if I let them get to me and I panic they get 100% worse right there on the spot.  So I just try to keep myself calm, and talk myself through it.  

thanks  :)
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Am I the only one who thinks "no my palps are different then all these people's, mine are worse, mine are dangerous"I feel like these can't be right, I mean my heart really stops for a time..it atops..then that hard beat...then the flutter sometimes...how do I know that I am really OK?  I had a echo and ECG and 24 hour monitor 2 years ago, but that was two years ago, what if it changed?  What if they missed something?  What is this feeling that comes in my throat?  I did not keep[ my 24 hour diary right, could that have changed my results?  Are things worse now?  I have all these questions but I have no insurance to check...someone please help...
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I think everybody here has asked those same questions and had the same pangs of fear and anxiety. Not a good situation!

I am not a doctor, but your symptoms and problems closely resemble what so many of us have complained about, both on this board and with our own doctors. Speaking from vast personal experience, the endless fear and "what ifs" will absolutely eat you alive if you let them. Looking at it from the professional point of view (as an observer...like all of us), I think a doctor would be a bloody fool to deliberately mislead a patient. The potential for legal and professional or ethical disaster is huge!

If you are as genuinely troubled as you seem to be, you should at least call your doctor if not actually go for an office visit. Maybe your doc can take a moment to reassure you over the phone. Whatever...you have to find some peace of mind, otherwise your fear/adrenaline/fear cycle will continue to exacerbate your symptoms and emotionally beat the stuffing out of you.

I hope you find some help and feel better soon.
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Hello everyone, this is my first time on this site and i have heard alot of stories about heart palpatations and being scared and feeling as if you were going crazy, well my story is that i have had these same symptoms for about a year and they seem to be getting worse, i really feel like i am going to have a heart attack and die. A few months ago i was having chest pains and felling like i couldn't breath and i had this scary feeling of
dying, i went to the er and they did an ekg and found nothing
but i kept having chest pains not major but a sort of pinching an squeezing feeling so they gave me nitro, that didnt help, it made my heart rate go up to 160 bpm which scared the hell out of me. anyhow the dr decided to keep me in the hosp for a night to monitor me but nothing ever came out of the whole ordeal. anyway from that point the feeling of being scared and the heart palps seemed to get worse. does any one out there get these feelings and the pains at night more like i do? or when it gets extremly cold. I feel like i cant deal sometimes, and i look at my kids and wonder am i gonna die???? that scares me more and then my heart starts hearting again, will it ever end??
i guess im just rambling on but i really get scared.
                           thanx everyone for listening
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I swear by Inderol (long acting)........insurance wont cover it for me so I am paying it out of pocket.........money well spent if it continues to help me.
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Don't be scaired, just read the comments in here and chill out....keep trying to discover the cause, and work at that, your heart is ok, and so is mine.........we need to keep saying that....I think we have lost faith in our physicians and thats a bad bad thing!!!! Try something to calm your nerves, and maybe the pvc's will stop. I hope so......cause I know how nasty it is....take care. MAdge
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I had thought  about what you mentioned.  Possibly I was having PVC's and it led to the increased heart rate.  --  That could have been the feeling in my chest that led me to feel my pulse at the neck.  And when my heart rate was so fast I got freaked out a little which didn't help the situation.  But it only lasted a few seconds.  

I am so used to feeling the pvc's that I don't even notice them all the time unless it is one of those bigger thumps in the chest.  


F.Y.I    Sometimes we get a bigger thump vs. a little thump because of our heart rate.  I think if your heart is beating slower 60 beats per minute you feel a bigger thump.  and if it is going a little faster 70 to 80 beats per minute, then you don't seem to notice the pvc's as much.  That is just my analogy.
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Blan, I think everyone that has posted on this forum has those thoughts - that's why they are here.  That is why almost every other question on this forum is about PVC's because everyone thinks "mine are different, mine are worse, mine feel like my heart actually stops", so we go on to post the millionth question about PVC's because "mine are different".  
I hope this is reassuring.  I had severe anxiety for about a year because of those exact same thoughts, but I finally got to the point where I hardly think about them anymore, and amazingly once my adrenline rush from the extreme anxiety subsided so did my PVC's!  WoW!  So please take comfort from knowing that we all have felt these same thoughts!  Take care.
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I know where you are coming from as I sometimes feel the same way.  I have a weird beat and I start thinking about it.  Then, those thoughts and stress cause others..it is a vicious cycle.  Or I will have PVCs for days on end then they will stop.  For a day I will be normal.  Then, when they start up again, because I am frustrated that they even started again, it makes it difficult to manage as they alway seem like "different" beats than before.    

To make things easier for me to manage my PVCs I come back to this site and feel comforted to read others posts especially when people chime in and say they have had PVCs for 25 years.  I realize I am not alone and that my life expectancy will not be diminished because of the PVCs unless I let it.

In speaking to my cardiologist, he did say that he never realized how devastating this condition is until a good friend of his started having PVCs and PACs.  He said his friend would call him all hours of the night and day in panic mode.  Because of this he is more sympathetic to me and others that see him with these symptoms.  

Finally, every time I have gone in to have the irregular beats monitored, the doctors just look at me and say, "Yeah, your having PVCs/PACs.  Have a nice day."  

Hang in there.  Have a positive attitude (as hard as that seems) and things will get better.  

Good luck.
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Hello. I too have heart palps and mitral valve prolapse and the pvcs and so on. Had the palps and mvp for 20 years (I am 42). You said the feeling in your throat. Could you be a little more specific on the feeling? I have a symptom like that and I hate that part. It feels like it takes your breath or sensation, it is just weird. Sometimes it isn't just when my heart is palping it just comes and goes in a second but I think my heart triggers it and does something to cause it. Anyone else here have this problem? I take lopressor and the ep doc just put me on rhythmol. Doesn't seem to help the throat thing though. Any thoughts anyone? Joy
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I sympathize with those of you here who are suffering from these nasty extra beats.  Since I
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Hi all --  

Speaking about the feeling of the heart stopping, or skipping a beat.  

It is actually  an early beat and then the pause and then the next natural beat.  And the reason for the thud in the chest is because the when the early beat fired, there was just a little blood to pump.  So the pause let the ventrical fill up a little extra and the heart pump harder to get the blood to get out.
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Great post woodruff - comments like yours help put a lot of minds at ease, especially for pvc "newbies".

Thanks to heart3 also.  The first time I noticed my pvcs, I also thought my heart had stoppped! But once you realize that your "pacemaker" (the SA node) is ticking along fine, you just don't feel the pulse because of the lack of volume, it's less unsettling (mentally - physically of course, it still feels like crud!)
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Heartygirl which betablocker do you take? I want my life back too as I am scared to death of these stupid irregular heart rthyms that I get along with my pvc's. I want a damn beta blocker , I am going to force my doctor to prescribe it for me as he don't ever want to give me any medicine.
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Hey Lutheran, I take 50 mg. of Metoprolol (generic form of Lopressor) every 12 hours.  I LOVE it!  My internist suggested
that he might think about eventually weaning me off it and I said NO WAY!   He told me that I was the only person that he had ever known that wanted to stay on it.  It has truly truly given me my life back.  I am so thankful that my cardiologist placed me on it.  
Just as a side note, for the first week that you are on it you will feel draggy and tired, but trust me it WILL go away after about a week.  I have been on it for over a year now and I have no side effects whatsoever - unless you count the good side effects, like a low/normal heart rate and almost no PVC's / PAC's!  
Good luck and I would love to know how you do once you have been on them for awhile.  
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Thx for the information , my pacs or pvcs dont happen 100 times a day but I get them a lot but my biggest worry is the few times a week when i get a odd 5-10 sec weird rhythm. When that happens I just get devestated and it ruins the rest of my day as I get scared and wonder if it will keep happening or not go back to a normal beat the next time it happens. I will mention this drug to my doctor on thursday. Does it come in a smaller dose for me to try in the beginning?
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" Do not stop taking metoprolol without talking to your doctor. Suddenly stopping metoprolol may cause chest pain or heart attack. Your doctor will probably ..."

LOL thats the first line I seen when searching on google for metoprolol  :) Why the hell do I have to have a problem with the most important part in my body!!! I wish our heart didn't need to beat , just be there and do its job without a heart rhythm to worry about.
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