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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   I am a very active, very healthy 62-year-old man. In the past six months or so I have been drinking a great deal of skim milk. Recently, I have been experiencing an occasional chest sensation, not painful but annoying, that feels like a momentary arrhythmia -- a skipped beat. Might there be a correlation?
Doctor :   HI
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Are you there?
User :   Yes.
Doctor :   Can you describe your symptoms?
User :   The momentary sensation of a heart flutter that I mentioned above.
Doctor :   Do you mean palpitations?
User :   I suppose so. I'm not really sure what a palpitation feels like.
Doctor :  
Arrhythmia and missed beats can only be diagnosed after an EKG.
Doctor :  
And the treatment for such disturbances can only be done after diagnosis.
Doctor :  
So if I can know about your symptoms, I would be able to correlate better.
User :   I understand. However, if I am, indeed, experiencing arrhythmia, might it have anything to do with my dietary change?
Doctor :  
If you have been fasting for some time, may be for a few days, or if are severely dehydrated or
Doctor :   Then yes, it could be because of that.
User :   No, I am referring to my increased intake of skim milk in the past few months.
Doctor :  
Or if you have a chronic kidney failure then changes in your diet would make an arrythmia.
Doctor :  
No, just skim milk does not cause it
Doctor :   Can I ask a few question to know more about your problem?
User :   Certainly.
Doctor :  
For how long did your symptoms last ans since when did you notice this?
Doctor :  
Do you have dizziness, breathing difficulties during the episodes?
User :   As I said in my initial inquiry, I am a very active and healthy 62-year-old man. I do a great deal of cardiovascular exercise and weight training. I don't smoke or drink alcohol and eat very little meat. I weigh the same 127 pounds I did when I was a boxer twenty-five years ago. In the past few weeks, however, I get this slight chest sensation of a skipped heart beat. It does not last long and is not accompanied by any dizziness or breathing difficulty.
Doctor :  
Doctor :  
Your symptoms do not sound to me as that of arrhythmia or missed beats.
Doctor :   It may have occurred due to anxiety.
Doctor :  
I would suggest you to get an examination done and may be a record of EKG too to confirm this.
Doctor :  
If any signs of conduction disturbances are noticed in the EKG then the treatment have to be directed towards it.
Doctor :  
In general continue with your healthy diet.
User :   Thank you.
Doctor :  
Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.
Doctor :  
To prevent palpitations from occuring.
Doctor :  
Have you followed?
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Do you have any other query?
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