I am hoping someone may have had a similar experience to me and may have some advice...
I am 48 and started experiencing palpitations in January of this year. When my partner feels my pulse, he will feel it miss a beat and at the same time I feel a judder/flutter in my chest. I don't experience my heart racing, just this skipping of a beat and the sensation in my chest. This can be most of the day and then a week or so without anything notable. When I lie on my left side in bed I can feel some thumps when it is acting up. Again, the thumps coincide with skipped beats.
I have just had a 24 hour ECG test and am totally baffled. I had many flutters and judders throughout this test. My partner felt my pulse and definitely felt it skipping beats, yet the results say it was a good recording and it detected absolutely nothing. Can some arrhythmias go undetected during this test?
My Dad, Grandmother and Aunt have all had a leaking mitral valve leading to AF and other issues. I understand this to be hereditary which is why I am particularly concerned to find out what is going on. I have had three recent light-headed spells where it really did feel like I was about to faint - these lasted a sudden one second and then I just felt a bit queasy for a while afterwards.
My doctor is writing to the local hospital for advice. I'm not sure how long a response will take at the moment. She offered me beta blockers which I refused until I know what is going on. I would have thought blood thinner would have been a better bet? I am on medication for high blood pressure - my readings are around 102 over 73 at the moment and my pulse approx 63.
I was certain the ECG would pick up all the activity I experience so am confused and frustrated!
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and any thoughts/experiences would be very welcome.