Hello, I am 67. I have had fairly frequent ectopic beats/arrythmia for the past 30 years with nothing untoward found. When I've felt the beat is going to be missed I've learned to pre-emp the ensuing violent "midriff palpitations" by taking a deep breath and holding it. Usually this works but if I do it a bit too late I come over terribly faint. This is quite scary. But I get relief in that the ensuing palpitations are either very short lived or don't happen at all. A doctor once told me to blow ******n my finger which I'd to keep trapped by my lips but I found holding my breath worked better for me. However yesterday I had the worst palpitations ever. I was in the middle of town and I felt a missed beat. So I did what I normally do and took an almighty deep breath and held it but I think I was a bit late as after the horrible faint feeling the palpitations started in my midriff area and were the most violent yet and it took 10 minutes of keeping taking and holding deep breaths before they eventually subsided. It was really horrible. I then tried to eat something in a cafe about 30 minutes later and the food seemed to "stick" in my throat and hurt between my shoulder blades when it eventually went down a bit more. I was so upset I left my light snack and caught the train home. I relaxed for the next two hours but my pulse rate was over 100bpm. Today I've been fine. I can still feel little ectopics as I'm writing this but I've had this for 30 years. A recent ECG showed no abnormalities but the consultant said she could see little electrical beats on the reading which she said weren't anything to worry about - just part of me. My father had heart problems and died from a burst aortic aneurysm and my brother had heart by-pass many years ago. I wouldn't be writing in this blog if yesterdays ectopic had righted itself but it didn't and I am wondering if anyone else has experienced these sort of symptoms and could help me. What else can I do to stop this onslaught of palpitations in my midriff or get them to not be as violent? Please do write to me if you feel you can help as I've been on another site and no-one seems to have had these sorts of episodes. Thank you in anticipation, Sarah.Reply Follow This Thread Stop Following This Thread Flag this Discussion
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