I am new to the forum and rather desperate to get some answers as the symptom I am experiencing is becoming bothersome to the point my anxiety is yet again through the roof and I am fearing my heart stopping on a daily basis. I have been experiencing a rather nasty flare up of, what I believe, are ectopic heartbeats. My pulse will be fine, and sometimes I will get this strange sensation in my chest/throat and my heart will skip a beat and return with a rather powerful 'thud'. My heart then resumes to normal beating. I have had this sensation for as long as I can remember but it rarely happened and I never paid any attention to it. Since the start of the year, I have noticed these have become more common and tend to happen for a couple of days up to a week, then go away for two or so weeks and come back again. In the past, when I was younger, they would also happen about once in a day and now I can feel them a few times a day - the ones I can feel, I could count about 15-20 instances of an ectopic heartbeat.
It is truthfully stressing me out because I am already being treated for anxiety under hypochondria with particular emphasis on cardiovascular health, so this is not exactly bringing much soothing or allowing me to progress in my therapy. I have been prescribed propranolol to treat my anxiety however I have stopped taking it, as I did not feel the need to alter my heartbeat so much and finally found a way to manage on my own.
Contextually, I went off birth control in November last year and November was also the time I was taken into A&E for a fast heart rate following a night of drinking and being poisoned (turns out I am most probably alcohol intolerant). I had an ECG done at the time, and despite the fast heart rate, everything was fine. My blood work was also fine, and finally they let me go home. Initially, I thought that these ectopics could have been caused by the fact I had gone off birth control (single hormone pill) and during PMS, my hormones were all over the place causing me these ectopic heartbeats. Initially, it could have worked as they only manifested themselves a few days before my period was due, but since the end of last month and certainly this month, they have been present everyday. I became so anxious, I have contacted my GP who said I have ectopic beats (over the phone) and that there is nothing that can be done about them. He told me to eliminate all tea and coffee - I only drink decaf, but this has not helped. I am booked in for a blood test tomorrow to check if I have any deficiency.
I am just so desperate to have an answer as everyone is easy to claim that it's anxiety based and to 'get over it' which in a way makes me feel like what I am experiencing is not real - however these ectopics can manifest themselves also in moments when I am not anxious and not waiting for them. What could they be? Should I be worried? They are giving me a lot of anxiety.
FYI: I am a female, aged 23, ex-smoker, do not drink alcohol or caffeine, eat healthy and I am moderately active, 60kg.
Thank you in advance and sorry for the long post!