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Heart paused

Everyday I experience a pause in my heart for like 2-3 seconds then a strong beat followed after. I really hate this feeling as I have to think when is my heart going to pause today. I use to take 40 mg of propanolol for migraines and anxiety witch really did help with that heart feeling. I stopped taking it 2-3 months ago and I was fine, but now that feeling of my heart pausing came back!

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I have this often and I too really hate it. I seem to have runs of it then it subsides for a week or more. My EP does not seem over concerned about it unless it becomes more frequent or longer in duration each time.

Every time it happens it feels as though it lasts a long time and feels very scary in reality it's a few seconds but never the less it's very unnerving.

Could you speak with your cardiac medic about restarting the beta blocker if he thinks it would help. Ask them for their advice. In the meantime you have my empathy big style.

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Hello Jazzieelena :-) I am not a Dr but what you describe sounds like Ectopic Beats explained very well in this video below . I get them too and they were scary at first, now I know what they are I am no longer scared. Have you discussed this with your Doctor, there could a number of things causing these symptoms..

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You should get your heart checked to be on the safe side but they sound like Ectopic Beats which in a healthy heart are no cause for concern. I have them multiple times during the day and agree they create anxiety but I had my heart checked and everything is normal.

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I agree, because if the pause really is three seconds that is something else, an ectopic just feels like it because it is scary.....

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hye Jazzieele

I get these ectopic heart beats as well, and have had them as long as I can remember, one one occasion some years ago now, I had a whole 24hours+ when the odd beats came one after the other, it took an injection of Valium [probably wouldn't be used now?] to calm it down, point is, it did calm down. It is a horrible sensation, I always describe it as though my heart has run up to a high cliff, paused for a moment and then jumped!! it can feel as though your heart is going to pound out of your chest when it gives that 'thud' try not to get too stressed when it happens, oh, and avoid caffeine, I find it can bring these type of beats on, boy, do I miss a certain fizzy drink, but it was worth it. Take care of yourself.

Lyzzie. PS why do I always have trouble finding the entry prompt?? its drives me potty trying to get out of this screen and post my message. ARGH!!!

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Brilliant description!

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I first had that moment when I was 21 years old (now 70), diagnosed as palpitations. After many years of indifference from doctors, I guess that I got a bit ticked off with them not really being able to help, by then adopting (rightly or wrongly) the attitude of.........what will be - will be! The bottom line was that I became less worried/stressed. It happens (the pause/missed beats etc), acknowledge/recognise it - move on, you'll be alright.

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