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Very rarely, my heart will give a single strong beat for no discernable reason.

Sometimes I'll be going to sleep, or watching something, and my heart will give a single really hard thump that will make me feel like coughing. This has only started happening in the past year (I am 19). I'm moderately fit, I lift weights and run regularly. Other accounts of heart palpitations report that it happens several times over a certain period, E.G. happening every 3rd beat over the course of a half hour, but for me it is not like this at all.

To simplify, maybe once in a couple of months i'll have a very random very hard heartbeat that will make me cough, and I have no idea why.
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17020225 tn?1455749597
This also started happening to me in the last year.  A few months ago it went from every once in awhile to a couple times a week.  Then to a few times a day.  My doctor suspected it was PVC's. Which she told me they don't do anything about.  I got an ekg and a Holter monitor and they showed nothing abnormal.  So my doctor told me to cut out eating chocolate and cut down on caffeine.  So I cut down on both and haven't had any PVC's since.  Which was about a week ago.  I also found out I have a vitamin d deficiency which I have read could cause palpitations.  Try cutting down on caffeine.  Go to the doctor and try to get your vitamins and thyroid checked.
1807132 tn?1318743597
They are fairly common in people who work out regularly.  I would say watch that you don't over strain but otherwise try to not worry.  If you start to get more then it may be a good idea to get your heart evaluated but in generally they show up for really no good reason at all.  Stomach, caffeine, and anxiety are the biggest triggers but I do think overly heavy work out routines can irritate the heart and cause the pvcs to flare off more.  I agree with the suggestions from the previous poster.
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I also get those single "skipped heartbeats" that can be anywhere from a day apart to many months in between. I have had them for about 28 years and never got a satisfactory diagnosis. The first time it happened, I had moved to a new city to go to college. I figured, it was anxiety due to the move. Over the years, I saw dozens of physicians including several cardiologists. I had all relevant tests done and all results were normal. The only answer I got was anxiety. Years later, on an office visit with a Dr. for a checkup, I got a blood test for magnesium. It showed a low Magnesium level and started taking Mg supplements. I didn't have a single episode for the next 5 years. Recently I started experiencing them again every couple of months. I went to a Dr. again in search for answers. This time to an endocrinologist. A thyroid test showed that my thyroid level was a little low. Also was positive for H. Pylori in the stomach which both conditions have been linked to palpitations. Started taking levothyroxine for low thyroid level and a 2 week antibiotic treatment for the H. Pylori infection. Have felt much better since then and rare palpitations I have experienced have decreased in intensity by about 80% which makes them barely perceivable. There are so many possible causes, that it is a matter of discarding them by you and your Dr. by doing all the relevant tests. Good luck to you.
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