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At times, for no apart reason, my heart beats super fast

At times, for no apart reason, my heart beats super fast. It usually happens when I am relaxed. Should I worry I m 42 years old and was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse when I was 20. Because of my MVP I ve always had to deal with skipped beats and regurgatation. But in the last year I ve had 5 or 6 episodes where my heart just starts racing and won t slow down. Fortunately it usually stops after a while or I get it to stop by bearing down as if I m taking a bowel movement. Each time it has happened it started at a time when I was either falling asleep or just sitting doing nothing strenuous. I m asking here because I don t currently have medical insurance (though I will soon) so I can t get any tests done at the moment
Thu, 15 Apr 2010
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I have a similar problem. I have what they call SVT which is Supraventriclar Tachycardia(heart rate of over 100bpm). However I also have Nocturnal Bradycardia (low heart rate of under 60bpm) I am currently on Calcium Channel Blocker drugs that are used for Angina (I don't have angina). My Echo sonogram slowed that my Bi-cuspid value has an extra leaflet so in stead of having two flaps it has three so technically I have two Tri-cuspid valves. It gives me ectopic beats that feel like my heart is "skipping a beat" but it is actually doing a double beat. The Calcium Channel blockers slow down the heart rate allowing more time for filling consequently a greater blood supply (ie: better preload and therefore a greater afterload). I no longer have the dizzy spells that I was suffering. Unstable Angina causes symptoms at rest. Have you had your Cholesterol checked lately. Low density lipoproteins can contribute to the formation of the Atherosclerosis type plague which forms a scab or cap which can break apart then lead to an embolism. I'm not saying that you have Angina just that it would be worthwhile having it checked. One doesn't need to be overweight to have a cholesterol problem, even skinny people can show signs of Angina. If symptoms persist make an appointment for the cardiologist soon.
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