Hi, I am going to try to make this short as possible. I am 46 year old male.
So first skipped heartbeat I have felt in about 1997. in resting state. I was a professional athlete from 1985-2005. Gradually the extra beats would increase year by year. I went to numerous exams, and everything was ok. So up until about 2001., the heart skips were happening only in resting, and worst episodes were right after the training. In 2001, I began to feel extra beats during the training, and in 2002. during one game, I actually had an AF episode which required hospitalization, and electroconversion to normal rhythm. After that I would get more and more extra beats before and during the games, and had to stop altogether with the professional sports. I was given Concor 5mg to regulate, which kind of helped, but the extra beats kept happening on and off, but they were about 100-200 per day, and I could live with that.
This past weekend, after hiking for about 1.5 hours, the extra beats increased to about 5-6 per minute, and I went to more checkups, where nothing wrong was found, except they saw the extra beats, and said they were benign.
I was instructed to lower Concor to 2.5mb, and start Ritmonorm 150mg two times per day. So far it seems like this is helping a little, but it is early days still.
However, from my experience, my extra beats were happening mostly while resting, after exercise, after eating, during intestinal problem, during stomach problems, burping...I have long problem with heartburn and GERD, taking 10mg of Rabeprazole makes me feel like new though. All this points out to a sensitive Vagus nerve.
But my initial AF episode (it has never happened later) was induced by high adrenaline. Also, my dad has full blown AF, which I know matters.
Any advice how to proceed, and what to try?