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Old 10-06-2012, 03:05 AM   #1
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Something or nothing?

I was recently hospitalised after an anaphylactic reaction to a medication. During my hospital stay the doctors asked me if I had previous problems with my heart. I explained that I had had years of episodes whereby I could feel my heart irregular and/or periods of palpitations. Based on this information and what they could see during my hospital stay I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. I was started on aspirin. A week or so after discharge from hospital i noticed long periods (3-7 hours) whereby my heart would be irregular. I had some occasional chest pain. I saw my local doctor who confirmed the irregular beats on ECG and prescribed a small dose of beta blocker. This seemed to work well.
I saw cardiologist a week ago who has decided to take me off all the medication and will put me on an event monitor for a week or two. I am quite happy with this decision. Cardiologist thinks the atrial fibrillation could just have been a temporary thing (post anaphylaxis).
The cardiologist told me that the irregular heartbeat was ectopic beats and this was considered normal.
Since coming off the beta blocker I am once again back to hours and hours of irregular heart-beat (i can feel it and although I can go about my usual activities, it is off-putting and it feels uncomfortable). So I guess my question is: how can this be normal if everyone else around me doesn't feel the same thing with their heart. This is not something I have felt day after day throughout my whole life. So it definitely doesn't feel normal to me. If it is normal for the heart to skip beats for hours on end then have I got some type of psychological condition that makes me aware of it more so than other people? These, of course, are the questions I will put to the specialist but I am interest to hear others experiences.

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Old 10-06-2012, 03:21 AM   #2
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Re: Something or nothing?

I forgot to add that I have high blood pressure as well. This has been a problem for 10+ years and I have been on meds for this intermittently. I am expecting my blood pressure to go up now I am off the beta blockers (by high I am talking 150/100).

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