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Old 12-04-2003, 03:41 PM   #1
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Question Skipped Beats esp. when exercising

I am scared. I have always had "skipped" or early heartbeats, but generally I only noticed it once a month or even less. I have never had it while exercising. In the past two months, I have been having what feels like really strong missed beats, especially when I exercise, and very frequently. My regular doctor is not concerned, and says they are benign. I am worried that I am not getting across to him the intensity of them, and that he is missing a more serious diagnosis. I know a lot of you out there have this skipped heartbeat sensation, but can anyone tell me how exercise affects them? Do you have them worse when you exercise? Have you been checked out, and told that even during exercise it is benign? I think my doctor may be missing something... Anyone who can help me - please please!!! Thank you![FONT=Tahoma]

 
Old 12-04-2003, 04:58 PM   #2
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Re: Skipped Beats esp. when exercising

I cant help you with the exercise question but i know how you feel about your doctor. Do you know its taken me exactly 7 doctors and 12 years later to find a doctor who is extremely interested i me. Whatever i said, i just couldnt make them understand how scared i was with these beats and was positive they were all missing something bad.
Now my new doctor has put me on a very low dosage of beta blockers and they are a miracle worker. I only with i was prescribed them 12 years ago.
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Old 12-04-2003, 06:27 PM   #3
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Re: Skipped Beats esp. when exercising

I too have these ectopic (or skipped or early) beats but this happens more when I am at rest. I notice that when I exercise, the beats seem to abate and I don't notice them. I've had them for about 2 weeks now and am still trying to find the source of these annoying beats (have ruled out alcohol and caffeine; unfortunately can't rule out stress due to anxiety because stress can't be measured ). I've read that in most cases, ectopic beats' origins can't be traced and only a small minority of people can positively assign reasons to why they have ectopic beats (usually alcohol or caffeine consumption).

Having said that, I've also read about people where they say that their ectopic beats are more pronounced during exercise, and they have learned to ignore it.

It would probably be best to have a complete round of tests done on you - ranging from ECG/EKG, echocardiogram and stress testing, the latter two if necessary. There are also other specialist tests that your cardiologist can adminster if he/she finds anything of concern in the ECG/EKG. In my case, my cardiologist said that there was no need for me to go for any tests other than the ECG/EKG which showed normal results, in the absence of any other symptoms and family history of heart disease. She just told me to keep my total cholestorol in check (this I blame on bad genes, high triglycerides in my body was inherited ) and keep on living a healthy lifestyle.

Bottom line is that once you're assured by a doctor/cardiologist you can trust that there is absolutely nothing wrong with you, stop worrying about it! These things can appear suddenly, and they *can* just disappear just as suddenly. The less you think of them, the better for your mental and physical health. I've been told that almost everyone has these ectopic beats; the difference are how many they feel in a day, and also whether they can feel these ectopic beats (most ectopic beats in otherwise normal healthy individuals can't be felt at all!). We just happen to fall into the "lucky" category of people where we can feel these ectopic beats (some like me, are also unlucky enough to be able to feel my heart beating whenever I lie down!)...

Take care, and get those tests done to put your mind at ease!

 
Old 12-06-2003, 09:31 PM   #4
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Re: Skipped Beats esp. when exercising

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Originally Posted by orchidlover
I am scared. I have always had "skipped" or early heartbeats, but generally I only noticed it once a month or even less. I have never had it while exercising. In the past two months, I have been having what feels like really strong missed beats, especially when I exercise, and very frequently. My regular doctor is not concerned, and says they are benign. I am worried that I am not getting across to him the intensity of them, and that he is missing a more serious diagnosis. I know a lot of you out there have this skipped heartbeat sensation, but can anyone tell me how exercise affects them? Do you have them worse when you exercise? Have you been checked out, and told that even during exercise it is benign? I think my doctor may be missing something... Anyone who can help me - please please!!! Thank you![FONT=Tahoma]

Funny thing is i was about to get on here and post a similar question. If I run work out or anything that revolves cardio 60% of the time i get skipped beats. Iam scared to death about them not sure what to do!

 
Old 12-06-2003, 10:58 PM   #5
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Re: Skipped Beats esp. when exercising

I would probably advise you to go see a doctor (preferably a cardiologist) and start off with an ECG/EKG. The doctor/cardiologist will then know what to do next and be able to advise you accordingly. In the meantime, don't panic, if it's just "skipped" beats without an underlying cause, then it's nothing to worry about. Anxiety will add more to the stress, creating a vicious circle that never ends, making the situation worse. Try to make an appointment with the doctor soonest possible to put your mind at rest. If it's any comfort, I have 5-10 "palpitations" per HOUR, and you only have them per DAY...

By the way, when did this begin?

 
Old 12-07-2003, 01:49 AM   #6
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Re: Skipped Beats esp. when exercising

Hi Orchidlover, Tracey, Wr6969 and GodChaser777

I think I answered one of Traceys questions a while ago but I read just about any thread that is to do with arrhythmia Orchidlover to answer your question I asked my Doctor the exact same question (more than once and actually more than one Dr - I need a lot of reassurance) and he told me to just excercise through them if I can and if not just to take a breather and then carry on. I get roughly the same amount during excercise as at rest but feel them a bit more because of the activity. I know exactly what you mean by trying to express or get across the message to the Dr how forceful and terrifying they feel. I like some other people actually get chest pain and stomach pain with them (feels like someone just punched me and 'winded' me) when the harder ones come along and still the Dr's and the Cardiologists are TOTALLY unconcerned. There not worried about the frequency or strength of them they are more concerned with how I mentally cope with them and not the physical aspect of them at all. I have actually spoken to a couple of Dr's and menioned that the fact that they brush these 'benign' arrhythmias off so lightly is almost as frightening as having the dam things. The answer is always the same 'we brush them off because they are of no consequence and will not harm you'. This to me always feels like I still haven't got the urgency of my situation over. I have even changed my Dr (once) because I was so afraid that he just wasn't listening (well him and the other 5 Drs or so at that practice - I had got it into my head that the Dr I usually see had either told them or written on my notes that I was some kind of obsessive hypochondriac) BUT I was told the exact same thing at my NEW Dr's but he did start looking for ways to suppress the arrhythmia more aggresively than my last Dr. I fell lucky with 'jumping' from my last Dr's surgery to another Dr something that I will not do again (Dr hopping is I suppose a symptom of obsessing so maybe there right but dam its so hard to ignore these dam things isnt it lol).

Anyway I'm rambling again, but just to let you know that there are thousands of people just like you out there that have a very very very hard time dealing with these 'skips' and know exactly how you feel. If we were all to write a book about our experiences with these 'skips' I'm sure we'd all write exactly the same things. Sad but true.

Hope everyones having a skip free day.

Richard.

 
Old 12-07-2003, 04:02 AM   #7
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Re: Skipped Beats esp. when exercising

Thats a relief thanks richard for the reply personally helped me out after reading some disturbing stuff on the web lastnight that scared me majorly!

 
Old 12-07-2003, 09:46 AM   #8
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Thats a relief thanks richard for the reply personally helped me out after reading some disturbing stuff on the web lastnight that scared me majorly!

Was it a report on Excercise and PVC's by any chance because I have an answer already typed but it was a massive assumption that I made so I was just wondering before I shoot my mouth off what got you so worried LOL

Take care. Richard.

 
Old 12-09-2003, 06:52 AM   #9
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Re: Skipped Beats esp. when exercising

How do you know when your heart skips a beat while normal exercising or resting?

I am unaware of my heart beat unless I am full of adrenal hormones, then I can sense them.

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Old 12-12-2003, 08:31 AM   #10
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Re: Skipped Beats esp. when exercising

Gine2D

Simple answer is you just feel them as a flutter in your heart/chest in your neck perhaps as a brief head rush/blood drain or a sickly fealing in the stomach or a squeazing sensation for a second or so in the lower chest upper abdominal area. Sometimes you can feel the premature beat as well as the extra blood being pumped out from the extra filling time. Sometimes they are light other times its as if someone has just punched and winded you. I have been told that some people are totaly unaware of the sensation of their heart beat and also of any PVC/PACs they may have (lucky so and so's) and others such as myself are fine tuned into every little thing that their heart does.

Hope this answers your question. Richard.

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How do you know when your heart skips a beat while normal exercising or resting?

I am unaware of my heart beat unless I am full of adrenal hormones, then I can sense them.

G

 
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