I am A 52 year old female. I keep feeling thumps in chest feels like my heart stops for a second and then a thump comes and it quite often flutters. I have had an echo and ECG and holters done all normal results but still no answers to why this is happeing all the time. I'm scared because it feels so awful when i get them. I usually get between 10 - 30 of these things a day and the doctor said that is "nothing". Is this true that 10 - 30 is nothing?? I sometimes get a run of fast beats as well and then it just goes back to normal with a thump. They say my heart if perfect. I find that so hard to believe. I have had these things for 20 years or so and I am still here so I guess they aren't going to kill me but I still want to know how many of these things a person usually has a day. I don't know anyone that feels these and I feel every single one of them. Am I worrying myself about nothing and should I just really ignore these things?? The cardiologist says "move on"....there is nothing wrong. I just don't believe it though!
That sounds like you are having PVC's and your cardiologist is correct, they are nothing to even think about - everybody can get them and probably everyone has at least once.
They are very common and certain things can trigger them, certain foods, stimulants, emotional states, stress levels, sometimes posture, etc. That fact that you feel every one of them is because you are probably very tuned in to your heart as well, making them more obvious to you than normal. What would be best, is to get yourself "de-tuned" to your heart so much, just practice keeping your attention on other things and over time, you can get over the focus you place on them. But they really are normal and typical to every person and they're nothing to have concern over.
PVC's are incredibly common and you would be hard pressed to find somebody who doesn't have any. Most people aren't aware of them at all and some people are very aware of them. I can watch mine on a monitor and not feel them at all even when I'm seeing them occur. For some once they begin to notice them, they can become hyper vigilant about them, causing them to notice them even more. You could try paying attention to whether they tend to occur if you even a certain of food or consumed caffeine, or if they are tied to a certain type of situation. Then perhaps you could either cut out or avoid triggers.
Yes, many people get these once in while. And some can have ten thousand per day. Some only get them once in a blue moon. Either preventricular contractions or preatrial contractions are common occurances. They're just like the occasional stomach ache really.
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