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I have been suffering with heart palpitation

I have been suffering with heart palpitations for about 2 years now. Some days they are extremely bad... always in the evening and they can start as soon as I sit down after work until I finally get to sleep. They are quite violent sometimes and I have passed out with them, but only twice. I spent the best part of last year going back to my doc over and over with no joy - just a 'it's nothing to worry about, may be stress, caffeine etc. I had an ecg which didn't show much but I didn't suffer them whilst undergoing the test... typical! They are not doing anymore now and have just told me to get on with it but they are causing so much discomfort... making me breathless and unable to sleep sometimes. I am fit, undertake regular sport and switched to decaff coffee two years ago and only drink water apart from that. I do worry as my Aunt and Grandmother suffered with palpitations and ended up with heart problems. Should I be worried - anyone have any experience of this? By the way - in UK so have to be referred to specialists by GP... cannot just see one... grrr NHS :( And I have seen about three docs ... but at the same practice so maybe I will switch practices.....
Fri, 26 Aug 2011
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Hopefully this link works: It's a previous question I asked a while back. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AsTZZXHiLp0sZJ5dIuCT1z3ty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20070803174252AALVJPv I too have been having plapitations, all year in 2005, then they stoped, and came back for all of 2007. Now they have stopped again for the last 5-6 months. I completely understand, they are terrifying. Mine would last ALL day long, one palpitation every three or four beats. The only time they would slow down was if I was actually sleeping. I had a 24 hour holter monitor, which did show the palpitations. Then the results were sent to my cardiologist, and he scheduled an ecg. Of course, I wasn't having any palpitations during the ecg, just like you. My doc told me that I had a mild heart murmur, which he said I probably had since birth. He also told me I had two heart valves which were slightly leaking, and said that it was most definitely NOT life threatening. Honestly I don't really like my doc, but I haven't done anything about it, due to the fact that I have no insurance, and the palpitations have stopped. I also smoke cigarettes, drink coffee, don't really excercise, and drink alcohol 2-3 times a week. So it sounds like you're in much better shape than me. And mine just stopped one day. I am 28 y/o. Unfortunately since I have NO idea why they start and stop, I really can't offer you any advice. It could just be anxiety. I also get occasional panic/anxiety attacks, and my heart palpitates then. I was under A LOT of stress last year, so I think that may have contributed to them. Sometimes I would take Clonopin (spelling?) which is an anti-anxiety medication, and that would relax me and my heart would chill out. Maybe you should talk to your doc about trying xanax or clonopin for anxiety. Even though you may not THINK you are stressed and having anxiety, you just might be. Good luck!!
General & Family Physician Dr. Ramesh M.Vachharajani's  Response
Hi,Austin,
Thanks for query,
You have not mentioned your age.
Palpitition is very vague term.
Mostly it may be due to stress,taking more coffee,tea alcohol,smoking, etc.
But what ever is the cause it should be evaluated.
Consult physician.
Go for ECG,if require stress test.
Ok and bye.
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