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So hard not to worry about PACs

Oct 25, 2011 - 3 comments

Every time I feel a PAC, it is accompanied by a huge jolt of fear and a lingering feeling of doom for hours afterwards. They are just so scary! It feels like my entire system pauses, hovering on the brink of collapse, and that my heart could easily stop for good rather than getting started again. I swear that one of these days it will fail to rebound from a skipped beat, and that will be the end of me. I just am having such a hard time living with these ... they are even scarier than racing heartbeats in a way, because at least when my heart is racing, I can feel it beating! I have been told over and over (and over) that these are not dangerous, but why does it feel like just the opposite??

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by suzy74601, Oct 25, 2011
Its a hard thing to deal with.  Have you spoken with you doctor about maybe a beta blocker?  I am on one now it does help but I kinda want to get off of it.  But it did help me to relax and not worry so much about them.  I am on acebutolol it helps with about 75% of my pac's and pvc's   I still have them but not as constant.  

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by gothic_beauty, Oct 25, 2011
My doctor said that a beta blocker is an option for me, but he doesn't think it's a good one given the number of PACs I have. He says that because I'm young, my heart is healthy and my skipped beats are relatively infrequent, medication would be more for my peace of mind than anything, and is probably not worth it. I don't like the idea of being on meds either, even well-tested ones like beta blockers. I guess I just need to have faith that my doctor knows what he is talking about, and that if he thought there was something dangerous in my heart rhythms he would have insisted I take the meds. I guess the rational side of my brain understands that I am unlikely to die from these symptoms, but there's always the other side sparking the fear ...

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by suzy74601, Oct 26, 2011
I completely understand I started the meds to calm my nerves and worked really well.  Although I do not want to stay on them forever.  They help so much with the skips but not so much with my brain telling me I dont really need them.  

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