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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Very Good Posted in: Heart Rate and Rhythm Disorders
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User :   I have felt like I my heart is skipping beat all day. I am slightly short of breath having to take deep breaths to catch my breath. I feel no pain, but a slight heaviness in my chest. When I take my pulse I notice the skips.
123_0000__123_ Do I need to go to the hospital. I do not have a primary care MD or insurance.
Doctor :   hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   D. XXXXXXXX here. let me read what you have typed
Doctor :   is there other symptoms like sweating, chest pain?
Doctor :   is this the first time you are having such symptoms?
User :   No, just the slight heaviness. I have also woken up a couple of nights with tightness in my chest.
Doctor :   please provide your age, gender, location, occupation, height , weight , details of past medical illness if any
User :   Yes, first time. I am 46 y/o female. I smoke. Do not take any medications. 2 years post Diffuse Large B-Cell Abdominal Lymphoma. Treated with Chop plus R. S/p bowel resection because of the cancer. Social worker, 5'6 200# Wisconsin
Doctor :   you should get a check done along with ECG, and ECHO to see if the skipped beats are due to any organic cause
User :   Should I go to ER?
Doctor :   if the skipped beats are still continuing, then it is recommended that you visit ER and get investigations done
Doctor :   ask for a cardiology opinion if the ECG or ECHO comes abnormal
User :   That is what I was afraid of. Do you think they will let me come home?
Doctor :   if the problem is not serous, and can be fixed with medications, they wil let you come home once all investigations are done and you are fine
Doctor :   but if there are any organic causes found, you might need to prolong hospital stay
User :   Thank you for your time and knowledge doctor. Appreciate it. Not going to think of a long stay. Just a quick fix : ) Have a good night.
Doctor :   if the symtom is associated with anxiety
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