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The Beat Goes On??

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 20, 2007
  • 09:47 PM

I have a problem which seems to becoming more and more frequent. My heart will stop beating and the only reason I know this is because of the way it "pounds" furiously when it starts back up again as I try and catch my breath. I tried to see if there was some sort of pattern to it, certain foods I ate might have been triggering it, medications I was taking, etc. It didn't matter. I thought maybe my salt consumption may have been a contributing factor (used to be a huge saltaholic here), but even cutting way back on it, didn't stop these episodes. I can be fine for a month or up to six weeks, and then they just hit several times, even waking me up out of a sound sleep. My doctor seems unconcerned, just indicating they were PVCs. I've had these for years, but they seem to be becoming more intense, lasting longer in duration and just a touch painful. Anyone else suffer from this malady or have any good recommendations? I'm a 45 year old woman, good health, taking no medications.

~ jade ~

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  • Hi - sitting here at 4:00 AM because of pain, anxiety and heart pounding - sometimes feels like it stops and then races to catch up. Was explained to me as extra or ectopic beats, nothing to worry about, but with a holter monitor a few years ago I was throwing thousands of these extra beats in a day, and felt exhausted. I was put on a medication called Sectral, and it helped, but the pounding and being out of breath are getting worse - just no rhyme or reason - can't figure out cause. Do have mitral valve prolapse and other problems, - fibromyalgia, if you get a doctor who believes in it. Hope you can find something to help you.
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