Hey! I have had an irregular heartbeat since I was 14 and I get palpitations too. I'm 20 now and I have had a follow up 24hr halter monitor study done every year. The pvcs (premature ventricular contractions-- another name for my irregular heartbeat) have actually lessened. So maybe you have something to look forward to. I had numerous studies done on my heart because a serious rare heart disease called ARVD was suspected when I was 14. After going to John Hopkins Hospital in Maryland for a number of studies, including an MRI where they could see my heart beating real-time in 3-d on the screen, they said my heart was in PERFECT physical condition and these things just HAPPEN. they have diagnosed them as benign and do not know the cause of them. My specialist told me that you have your 2 nodes that send out electrical impulses. the nodes are made up of specialized cells with properties that allow them to send out these impulses. His theory is that undiagnosable irregular heartbeats occur when a small group of these cells is somehow separated from the 2 nodes and starts to send out signals of its own. He assured that if this is what happens, The two MAIN nodes will ALWAYS override the irregular heartbeats, so the condition is no cause for alarm. He told me I'm no more pr
less at risk for a heart problem that anyone with a perfectly beating heart. Now I'd suggest you get a 24 hour halter study done and I also had an EKG and echo cardiogram before I was sent off to a specialist. You don't want to just forget about it, you should follow up on it, but chances are at your age it will be something like mine, or something else small. Just thought I'd give ya some ideas. Good luck!!!