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I get heart palpatations every day

hello all, i have had palpatations for a while now and there getting worse, ive had heart scan and 24 hour ecg test, but i wasnt really getting them then ,, but it came back fine and for the past few days ive been having them non stop all day and all night even wen i go to sleep, i went to docs today and he said take propranolol 40 mgs once a day, will they help me and ease the palps off, im worried i will die from it, can palps kill u , thank u. would Magnesium tablets help too, and wat side effects do u get with propranolol and how long b4 i will see the palps getting better, sorry i just am so worried and think it will kill me and the doctor dont seem interested thanks in advance. i do worry bout them, some times i go get stressed but nothing no more than others, well maybe litle bit more, but the doctor just says its anxiety, but surely that cant cause palps this bad ? thank u to u all, im still worried but if it cant kill me then i should be ok and ill take tablets and does any one know if Magnesium tablets will help too thanks again ok ty i will try to calm down its just hard wen u worry bout it.
Tue, 15 Dec 2009
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You won't die from palpitations. Palpitations are simply an awareness of ones own heart beating. They are generally always a benign variation of normal and do not generally represent pathology. If blood work, echo and an 24 ECG haven't detected any abnormalities then there is nothing to worry about. The beta blocker may help reduce them. If anxiety is a problem then your GP can refer you for CBT. The problem with palpitations is the more you worry about them, the worse they are and it can be a catch 22 situation. Things like stress and caffeine do make them worse. Edit Some evidence suggests that taking magnesium (with either supplements or increasing it in the diet), helps palpitations- you could give it a try, just be careful not to over do it though. I can tell by the tone of your question that you are anxious, this is what is causing your palpitations and/or is making them worse. You have to accept this and realise that until you calm down and accept they are nothing to worry about, nothing is going to improve. You have had tests which have failed to reveal any pathology.
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