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Extra ectopic beats

Hi. I am a 57 year old female and am experiencing extra ectopic beats daily along with a strange heart quiver. I am probably getting between 6 and 12 a minute at the moment. Twelve years ago I had an ablation for exactly the same thing. This thankfully got rid of them but on three occasions due to a foolish excess of alchohol I went into af. The first time I was hospitalised and was put back into sinus rhythm with flecanide. On the other two occasions it seemed to rectify itself without any intervention after around three hours however this time it has left me with these awful extopic beats.

I have seen an EP privately and had an ecg, echo, holter for seven days and an exercise test. All was good with my heart and it stayed in sinus rhythm but with ventricular ectopics and a little svt. The Doctor has told me to stop worrying and it should settle back down on its own. I am finding it increasingly difficult to focus on not being anxious and was hoping that I may get some support from here if anyone can help please.

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I’m 58 and managed to settle my erroneous beats with a decent daily dose of magnesium plus other supplements(touching wood here). The type I take is Magnesium citrate at 800mg-1000mg a day. It’s no good for people with kidney problems but otherwise it’s certainly worth you giving it a try. In my experience if taken in a high enough dose regularly it’s highly likely to give you some/ much improvement . Read up on it.

Good luck I know it’s not nice having those constant hiccups in your chest.

Pat

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Thank you Pat for your reply. I do have a slight issue with my kidneys so am trying to take magnesium from today via a spray. I hope that this works.

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If you search "ectopics- breathing" at top right there is an excellent slow deep breathing exercise which many of us finds calms the ectopics or even eliminates them all together.

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Thank you Bob for your reply. I will research now and give it a try. Many thanks

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Hi princesscaroline

I agree!

Breathing - deep in slowly out.

Thoughts - you do not have to accept all the scary thoughts.

Believe - In yourself, your doctor's insight and God.

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Also- bin the alcohol! You've shown yourself it a no no for you!

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I am finding deep breathing good for anxiety. Breathe slowly in for 7 and slowly out for 11. Make sure you breathe from the belly and not the upper chest ..keep shoulders down. I also find that if I repeat to myself "anti-coagulation is helping protect me" I panic less. If nothing else it's a distraction. I also use recordings from a clinical hypnotherapist specialising in anxiety. You can find plenty online e.g Glasgow well being group.

Best wishes,

Janet

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Follow your doctor’s advice, do not get contaminated with obsessive thoughts like some people.

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tachp that’s a bit harsh isn’t it ? Especially after the other lady’s post you were on before about similar symptoms 🤔

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