Irregular heart beat
I’m sat here on the sofa, all relaxed and reading through the posts on this here forum, and my heart is beating irregularly. Seems like regular beats, say a dozen or so, and then a couple of much stronger, irregular beats that I can physically feel.
I’ve felt this on and off since between Xmas and the new year
Worried over nothing or should I speak to someone?Posted 5 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
I had something a bit like that for a while, my heart would stop….. then do a few big beats to catch up. Mentioned it to the quack but by they time I had an appointment for and ECG it seem to have sorted itself though. Personally I think its a lack of natural rhythm and probably the principle reason I’m incapable of doing anything that even looks like dancing.Posted 5 years agoiamtheresurrectionSubscriber
Best get it checked, but almost certainly normal.
I get them regularly and have done for nearly 20 years, from 500 to 10,000+ a day. Sometimes they are noticeable and can stop me from sleeping (especially on my left) and other times I don’t feel them. They used to really bother me.
Had every test, including more this year as I’ve seen a big increase in them since September. Cardiologist (an EP) keeps wondering what I’m doing in her office… I think she’s genuinely fed up seeing me! 🙂
Caffeine makes them worse, but I’m not giving up coffee for anything.Posted 5 years agobryan-g-Subscriber
I have this as well, have had it for about 2 months and only really notice it when lying on the couch. Strangely enough I have had little or no work in the last 2 months which is a bit of a worry. Had it before and mentioned to the doctor and was told it was nothing to worry about.Posted 5 years agoourmaninthenorthSubscriber
Just over a year ago I felt the same. It lasted around for days. I went to my GP, then on to a cardiologist.
I’ve now seen for cardiologists in the last twelve months and been tested for two very rare heart conditions. Turns out I have neither (probably). Am back at the electrophysiologist on Thursday for a check up and to plan my next MRI scan. In short I have a very unusual resting ECG.
Go to your GP. It’s likely fine but still worth checking out.
Feel free to mail me if you want to chat.
TomPosted 5 years agopetefromearthMember
I’ve had an irregular heartbeat on and off for a few years. It used to cause quite bad panic attacks, but I was just making it worse for myself by getting worried. Doctor assured me (many times) it was nothing serious. Had ecg’s, X-rays, blood tests, saw a cardio specialist. I actually discovered sometimes it was just indigestion or trapped wind (sounds stupid!) causing discomfort as well.
Get it checked out, for me, worrying about it made things (in ny head) worse than they actually were. Still get the odd missed beat, but I just stay calm now and its fine.Posted 5 years agoStoatsbrotherMember
As the others have said. GP not A&E unless you get short of breath/faint/chest/pain
One odd question – anyone die suddenly of an unknown condition in your family before the age of 40, or any family history of “Cardiomyopathy”? If not, don’t worry too much. If so, tell the GP.
Standard work up for me for this as a GP these days would be 12 lead ECG and bloods including thyroid function (for over-activity), if ok try caffeine reduction, if anything abnormal or things get worse get echocardiogram and 7 day ECG event monitor (which we can fit at the surgery). 19/20 times we don’t need to do this. Most of the people who need referral to an EP Cardiologist have longer sustained arrhythmias. And I’ve had these (probable) PVCs myself.
One message I would like more people to know, is if you have a sustained completely irregular heart beat (the drummer of the band is completely smashed, not playing jazz or a tango…) for more than an hour, and you know it was normal before it started, there is a window of 24-28 hours before we need to get into warfarin etc… so seek help stat. Same applies to if you have a regular but fast heart rate at rest of 145-155 bpm – in which case you probably have Atrial Flutter with a 2:1 block and need to be seen quickly. to get you out of it without warfarin etc…Posted 5 years ago
i appreciate all the comments – thank you 🙂
Spoke with my doctor this afternoon and have an appointment to see him this evening. what i’m most concerned about is my lack of English grammer – i will never again refer to being ‘sat’ on the sofa again, from now oni shall mainly be sitting!! (Hat off to Derek Starfish!!).Posted 5 years ago
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