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Heart Palpitation

Can anybody advice me the reason for heart palpitation, especially in the night just before going to bed or in sleep. I checked with my Dr who checked ECG Cholestrol etc and said no problem and gave some vitamin tablets, then it decreased, after one week again started. Anybody have similar experiences?
Sun, 20 Dec 2009
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I have these and they really used to freak me out. You can feel your heart skipping and sometimes it makes you have to catch your breath. It's very unsettling. I talked to my Dr. and I wore a monitor for a week. Unfortunately nothing showed up. I then wore another type of monitor for a month where it would constantly monitor my heart and if I had a palpitation I would press a button and it would record and retain the last minute of my heart rhythm. I would then call a phone number and transmit the results. In the end I had several heart tests run including a stress test, EKG's and sonogram. My Dr. eventually told me that I was having benign PVC's or Pre-Ventricular Contractions. He said they were harmless and many people have them...some more than others. A woman I work with was having hundreds of them a day for a while so she started taking medication which helped. For me it ended up that I also have high blood pressure and needed medication for that and a side affect of it is that it regulates heart rhythm so I haven't had them for a long time now...except occasionally. If you're worried be sure to get it checked out. It could be a valve problem or murmur, but you might also be one of the many people that have these totally benign PVC's. Concerning the vitamins you take, I have a perpetually low Magnesium which helps regulate heart rhythm. Perhaps you have this or a low Potassium and taking the vitamins helps with this. Best Wishes!!! :)
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Heart Palpitation

I have these and they really used to freak me out. You can feel your heart skipping and sometimes it makes you have to catch your breath. It s very unsettling. I talked to my Dr. and I wore a monitor for a week. Unfortunately nothing showed up. I then wore another type of monitor for a month where it would constantly monitor my heart and if I had a palpitation I would press a button and it would record and retain the last minute of my heart rhythm. I would then call a phone number and transmit the results. In the end I had several heart tests run including a stress test, EKG s and sonogram. My Dr. eventually told me that I was having benign PVC s or Pre-Ventricular Contractions. He said they were harmless and many people have them...some more than others. A woman I work with was having hundreds of them a day for a while so she started taking medication which helped. For me it ended up that I also have high blood pressure and needed medication for that and a side affect of it is that it regulates heart rhythm so I haven t had them for a long time now...except occasionally. If you re worried be sure to get it checked out. It could be a valve problem or murmur, but you might also be one of the many people that have these totally benign PVC s. Concerning the vitamins you take, I have a perpetually low Magnesium which helps regulate heart rhythm. Perhaps you have this or a low Potassium and taking the vitamins helps with this. Best Wishes!!! :)