Skipped heart beat 
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 Skipped heart beat

There are many things that can cause skipped heart beats. You
really need to check it out with a doctor. It doesn't have to be
that serious. Smoking and caffeine are prime suspects. Are you
sure you don't get much caffeine? Do you eat a lot of chocolate,
drink tea? Decaffeinated coffee still has caffeine. Thyroid
disease is another possibility. If nothing shows up on an EKG, a
24 hour halter monitor is like a tape recording of your heart's
activity, and can show what the heart is doing when you feel the
skipped beats. {*filter*} tests can also rule out endocrine problems,
such as thyroid disease. The important thing is that you need to
see a doctor if you want to get to the core of the problem.
                                       Arlene RN

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Arlene RN



Thu, 29 Jul 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Skipped heart beat

Mario,

Get yourself checked out by a cardiologist. A skipped heartbeat is not
normal. It could be cardiomyopathy which can be controlled by medications
or other serious heart problems or just something simple.

These are warning signs so don't ignore them, make an appt. I am a 38 yr
old female with cardiomyopathy and thought i was always healthy,
medications have made a big difference for me. I am not a medical person
but know from my own problems that the sooner you take care of your
problems the better off you are.
good luck mario, let me know how you made out,




Sat, 31 Jul 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Skipped heart beat

Mario,

As a matter of fact, skipped heart beats are normal.  My cardiologist
said everyone has them, it's just that most people don't notice them.
They are a lot more prevalent in many people with MVP.  In most cases
they're harmless, just extremely irritating.

Dave

Quote:

> Mario,

> Get yourself checked out by a cardiologist. A skipped heartbeat is not
> normal.



Sat, 31 Jul 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Skipped heart beat

Quote:

> Mario,

> As a matter of fact, skipped heart beats are normal.  My cardiologist
> said everyone has them, it's just that most people don't notice them.

I know I'm being pedantic here but the beats that are normal are ectopic
beats. These are in fact _extra_ beats not missing beats. What happens
is an extra beat occurs earlier than expected. This disturbs the timing
mechanism and the subsequent beat may be delayed. When it is delayed the
heart is more full of {*filter*} and beats more vigorously. This is what is
felt ... an apparent pause where the extra, usually weaker, beat occurs
followed by a thump.

If a skipped beat means a _missing_ beat then this is not normal. If the
heart suddenly decides not to beat on one occasion and there hasn't been
an ectopic beat to cause the pause then it is abnormal. You can only
diagnose that on an electrocardiogram and not by any form of sensation
in the chest or pulse.

For your interest there is an example of an atrial premature (ectopic)
beat causing a pause and triggering an electronic pacemaker on the ECG
library below. Follow the link for ventricular pacemaker.

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 ECG library http://www.***.com/
 comments and additions welcomed - obquote "Romani ite domum"



Sun, 01 Aug 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Skipped heart beat


Quote:


> > Mario,

> > As a matter of fact, skipped heart beats are normal.  My cardiologist
> > said everyone has them, it's just that most people don't notice them.


> ... These are in fact _extra_ beats not missing beats.
> If a skipped beat means a _missing_ beat then this is not normal.
> If the heart suddenly decides not to beat on one occasion and there
> hasn't been an ectopic beat to cause the pause then it is abnormal.
> library below. Follow the link for ventricular pacemaker.

Actually, skipped beats have AFAIK _always_ been identified with
PVCs/PACs in this newsgroup.
Does the condition of really _missing_ beats (without a PVC/PAC)
really exist? How frequent is it, and what might the underlying
cause be?

Rainer Kayser
I am a physicist, not a physician

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Hamburg, Germany                       an apple pie from scratch,

                                       invent the universe.  Carl Sagan



Mon, 02 Aug 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 Skipped heart beat

Rainer Kayser reminded us:

Quote:
> skipped beats have AFAIK _always_ been identified with
> PVCs/PACs in this newsgroup.

I confess I was being too pedantic.

Rainer then went on to ask ...

Quote:
> Does the condition of really _missing_ beats (without a PVC/PAC)
> really exist? How frequent is it, and what might the underlying
> cause be?

Missing beats do exist and they can be caused by AV node disease such as
second degree heart block which is quite common. They can also be caused
by a condition called 'sick sinus syndrome' where sino-atrial exit block
may occur. I don't have examples of these on the ECG library (although a
Mobitz type II second degree AV block will soon be there) but they are
all in my forthcoming book ... available from all good bookstores ;-)

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 ECG library http://homepages.enterprise.net/djenkins/ecghome.html
 comments and additions welcomed - obquote "Romani ite domum"



Tue, 03 Aug 1999 03:00:00 GMT
 
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