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Are ectopics permanent?

Can ectopics be a permanent thing? I seem to be aware of them all the time now. Mine are atrial triplets and I just can't seem to ignore them. I was told by my 3rd cardiologist in 2 years, that my AF occurs in 5 second bursts, so was not a risk. Really? I was offered bisoprolol, but my heart rate is not overly fast. As I am not 65, there is no further treatment, unless things get worse. OK? My Kardia has not picked up an AF run, (maybe it happens when I am asleep), but I am concerned that the ectopics are here to stay. I was wondering if anyone can help me out here; thank you.

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Try the deep and slow breathing technique. Use diaphragm and slow breathing to less than six breaths a minute for at least five minutes. Kills my ectopics! Everybody gets than but it seem only we AFers are so obsessed by them that we notice. Hard not to I know. I had about three months when I was getting several thousand a day according to my monitor but then I can have months of none at all.


They are pesky things and seem to have no logic to them at all. I also find the slow breathing technique stops them completely but it has to be maintained for at least 5 minutes (longer works better). For me, stress is a factor but so is rest after mild exertion! Relaxation techniques are also helpful.

Mine will suddenly go away for weeks and months and then just as suddenly, start up again.


Hi genorm, I occasinally have a day of ectopics, which I find most uncomfortable. However I do have Bisoprolol 1.25mg as a pip and it certainly puts paid to them, if not on the first dose always on the second early evening. Definitely worth trying.



Thank you very much for the replies.

Last night I tried the deep breathing technique - actually it was quite hard to start with. Diaphragm? It is an under-used muscle for me. When stress takes over, so my breathing changes to chest only. I know this is wrong! The deep, slow thing did help, so I will do it as often as I can. Darn these ectopics - for me they seem to take hold at meal-time or a time when I want to relax; at work I can usually get by reasonably well.

I'll also use my bisoprolol as a 'pip' - anything to try to be free of the endless staccato beats.


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