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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have skipping heart beats. I was in emergency back February. Heart attacked was ruled out. Diagnosis: PVC. No treatment was advised. I was told to ignore and continue regular activities. Since then the skipping has gotten worse. Today has been especially bad. Sometimes every 3rd or 4th beat and other times every 10th or 15th beat. And this under routine house cleaning tasks. No other symptoms. I'm age 70, excellent physical condition, non-smoker, no weight issue & no other physical issues. The skipping stops after sitting for a short period time. The skipping begins again after I get up and start moving around again. Am I in danger? Any suggestions?
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Doctor :   let me read
Doctor :   what did the cardiologist say about the skip beats and the present status of the heart
User :   Did a consult. with cardiologist a month after the emergency room. I was told no danger and to just continue regular exercise and routine daily activities. However today is new information for me. I've never had skipping like today. My anxiety level has gone way up.
Doctor :   relax

Doctor :   the cardiac status is normal so this PVC is harmless
Doctor :   and no treatment is required
Doctor :   as suggested it needs to be ignored, if you concentrate on it the skip beats will increase and make you more anxious and in turn it will increase the skip beats
User :   Question: When the missing beats are as close as today, at what point do I get checked out? In other words, when do I stop ignoring the issue and ask for help?
Doctor :   if you get a syncope attack( loss of consciousness), chest pain. dizziness, breathing difficulty, and the skip beats do not terminate with adequate rest.
Doctor :   also it is better to follow up every six months or as frequently as suggested by the cardiologist if there is no symptoms
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