Skipped Heart Beats 
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 Skipped Heart Beats

I have noticed the past couple month that my heart is skipping beats, maybe
as much as two or three times a minute max to a few a day all depending.  My
heart also has been beating very hard lately as it is noticeable when I sit
at rest.  Any input would be appreciated or if anyone else has any similar
symptons, please share your experiences.

Regards,
Brad



Wed, 24 Mar 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Skipped Heart Beats

: I have noticed the past couple month that my heart is skipping beats, maybe
: as much as two or three times a minute max to a few a day all depending.  My
: heart also has been beating very hard lately as it is noticeable when I sit
: at rest.  Any input would be appreciated or if anyone else has any similar
: symptons, please share your experiences.

Could just be harmless ectopic beats.  You'd have to be examined to tell.



Wed, 24 Mar 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Skipped Heart Beats
Quote:

> I have noticed the past couple month that my heart is skipping beats, maybe
> as much as two or three times a minute max to a few a day all depending.  My
> heart also has been beating very hard lately as it is noticeable when I sit
> at rest.  Any input would be appreciated or if anyone else has any similar
> symptons, please share your experiences.

> Regards,
> Brad
> my brother in law, sister in  law, brother and wife experienced skipped beats from caffeine in coffee.



Thu, 25 Mar 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Skipped Heart Beats

Quote:

>I have noticed the past couple month that my heart is skipping beats, maybe
>as much as two or three times a minute max to a few a day all depending.  My
>heart also has been beating very hard lately as it is noticeable when I sit
>at rest.  Any input would be appreciated or if anyone else has any similar
>symptons, please share your experiences.

>Regards,
>Brad

Brad, the skipped beats you feel could actually be extra beats
followed by a compensatory pause. It often takes a rhythm strip (part
of an EKG) to identify exactly what's happening.  These extra beats
can be harmless, depending upon the situation, or a marker for more
serious problems.  Extra beats are commonly provoked by excess
caffeine, stress, and decongestants.  Recreational {*filter*}, like
amphetamine and {*filter*}, are also frequent causes.  Medical causes can
include electrolyte imbalances, thyroid excess, and a variety of heart
conditions.  H2


Thu, 25 Mar 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Skipped Heart Beats

Quote:

>I have noticed the past couple month that my heart is skipping beats, maybe
>as much as two or three times a minute max to a few a day all depending.  My
>heart also has been beating very hard lately as it is noticeable when I sit
>at rest.  Any input would be appreciated or if anyone else has any similar
>symptons, please share your experiences.

I have a condition called arrythmia, it runs in the family.  My
grandmother was 72 before she found out she had it, I was about 20
when I found it.   Mine has been quite severe at times.  I can have
'episodes' that make me VERY hyper and unable to sleep for 3 weeks at
a time, and I can have the opposite as well.  A friend also has a
similar problem and his is from an allergic reaction.  Try Benedryl,
if it does nothing, no harm done.   I have seen the doctors and the
most important thing that I have been told is NOT TO WORRY ABOUT IT!
They tell me that the more I worry about it the worse it will get just
from fear.
      Now, when mine acts up I try and figure out what song it is
playing and you should see how fun it is at parties.  My personal
theory is:  If it is still going its ok.  However mine will stop for
30 or more seconds at a time, but it starts going again.
     Go to a doctor, just to be on the safe side.   I am not a doctor
so I cant tell you exactly what yours is caused from and dont know all
the possible problems.  I do know that millions of americans have
arrythmia and dont even know it, it isnt that serious.  If you have
more questions on my experiences and/or the specifics you can email me
any time.


I hope this helped.



Sun, 28 Mar 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Skipped Heart Beats

Someone wrote the quoted material below:
" : I have noticed the past couple month that my heart is skipping beats, maybe
" : as much as two or three times a minute max to a few a day all depending.  My
" : heart also has been beating very hard lately as it is noticeable when I sit
" : at rest.  Any input would be appreciated or if anyone else has any similar
" : symptons, please share your experiences.

Consider your intake of caffeine.  This was my situation.  I had been
drinking a lot of coffee and my heart began skipping.  When I cut back it
stopped skipping.  What's the optimum amount of coffee to drink?  For me
it appears to be about 3 cups a day.  Beyond that and I get the
skipping.  I'm told it's not harmful, in that the heart makes up for the
missed beats, but even so, it scares the hell out of me.

--
Copyright 1996             7 of 50 highest rated TV shows of all time were
David Kaye                     "Beverly Hillbillies" episodes (TV Almanac)



Thu, 01 Apr 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Skipped Heart Beats

Quote:

>>I have noticed the past couple month that my heart is skipping beats, maybe
>>as much as two or three times a minute max to a few a day all depending.  My
>>heart also has been beating very hard lately as it is noticeable when I sit
>>at rest.  Any input would be appreciated or if anyone else has any similar
>>symptons, please share your experiences.

You should have this checked out by your doctor. There are many
different reasons for cardiac arrhythmia (skipped or irregular heart
beat) and they have different causes. Some are associated with sudden
death, so it's not something to be figuring out on your own. Reducing
caffeinre and avoiding certain meds is great, but be sure you know
what's going on with you, first. Some arrhythmias are treated with
medications, but your doctor needs to be the one to start them and
then check that the arrhythmia is gone.

Good luck and take care of yourself,

   - Magdalena M. Plewinska, MD
     Genetics  
     University of Miami, Miami, FL, USA



Sat, 03 Apr 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 
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