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Hello, I have posted hear a few times, and offered encouragement to people, who like me, have palpitations. There are times when my palps are worse, so I get on the board to read about the "millions" of others who have them, and this brings me great comfort. Please bear with me as I recount my past and current situations, and then give me encouragement. I just had an episode of several palps in quick succession, and as always it has frightened me. Tonight, I just need personal encouragement rather than just the general encouragement I garner from reading about others.

I am a 40 year old female. When I was 19, my brother-in-law who was 36 years old at the time, died of a sudden massive heart attack. We found out from the autopsy that it was from a congenital defect. He was healthy, but just dropped dead quite literally at his wife's feet. This caused me to start suffering severe panic attacks where I was certain every twinge I felt was a fatal heart attack. I had numerous ekgs and was always assured that my heart was perfect. After much prayer, and after not dying after my 500th "heart attack,” I figured that I was alright. Then when I was about 24 or so, I started having heart palpitations. This time the ekg picked up pre-atrial contractions. My doctor assured me that this was a very common palp and that literally millions of people suffered from them. I was able to accept this without returning to my panic attacks. I did find that nutra-sweet caused them to be extreme as in a palp every 4 or 5 beats. Quitting nutra-sweet was a life saver as my palps went down to a few a month most notably around the time of ovulation and menstruating. I had more ekgs and wore the holter monitor for 24 hours over the next few years as my symptoms bothered me. Always the same diagnosis from my doctor. Nothing to worry about. About 3 years ago, I had pain in my left upper chest and in my back around the shoulder bone. It felt muscular, but being the worrier that I am, I immediately thought heart. This time I had a stress echo, and the doctor said that my heart was fine. The pain was indeed muscular. I felt wonderful about all this even though I still
have episodes of palps that scare me. I take calcium and magnesium, and the magnesium has lessened them.

Now this brings me up to tonight. I laid down on the couch to watch a bit of tv, and I had a series of palps that are absolutely no different from my normal ones. In fact I have had much more severe episodes before. I guess I am just so tired, so tired, so tired of being scared of these things. I don't want to think for the rest of my life that I have to fear the next palps will cause my heart to never return to a good rhythm.

With the ekgs, holter, and stress echo, and doctors' reassurance, can I be satisfied that my palps are truly benign? I want to be responsible for my health, but I do not want to be a hypochondriac. I don't want doctors to ignore any future problems I have because I have been a nuisances with what they consider a normal occurrence for the general population.

Can you give me further assurance that my abnormality is really a normal thing for many people? Have I been diligent enough, or should I go to the doctor with every episode? When I am not so anxious, I think that I have been responsible in keeping a check on my heart health, but when I am as keyed up as I am tonight, I fear that I have not been as diligent as I should have been.

I do take altace for hypertension, which I believe is mostly stress induced, but otherwise I am healthy. Well except for anxiety and my palps. :)

Any encouragement would be helpful. Thank you for listening to my long story.