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MY HEART EITHER SKIPS 3 BEATS OR I FEEL 3 BEATS PUMPIN REALLY HARD.

I DONT KNOW IF ITS REALLY A PROBLEM BUT IM LAYING DOWN OR JUST SITTING TALKING WHATEVER, AND MY HEART EITHER SKIPS 3 BEATS OR I FEEL 3 BEATS PUMPIN REALLY HARD. LIKE OUT OF NOWHERE MY HEART BEATS REGULAR AND THEN IT BEATS 3 FAST BEATS AND GOES BACK TO NORMAL THEN AGAIN. I HAVE NO PAIN LIKE NO BACKPAIN LEG PAIN OR NOTHING BUT IT FEELS LIKE MY HEART IS IN MY THROATH AND ITS CLOSES UP. I NEED HELP MY MOM THINKS ITS REALLY NOTHING. SHE IS GONNA MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH MY PEDIATRICIAN. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE IF ITS A DISEASE OR I DONT KNOW, I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE IF ITS FATAL OR ITS NOTHING. AND NO IM NOT ON CRACK OR DRUGS OR ANYTHING.
Fri, 11 Dec 2009
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You are describing a symptom called "skip beats". This can be caused by PAC's or Premature Atrial Contractions or PVC's -Premature Ventricular Contractions. You will have to consult with a Cardiologist to figure out which type you have. They will do a resting electrocardiogram-EKG, possibly and echocardiogram to detect any kind of structural abnormality in the heart, and a treadmill test to see if the skip beats worsen with exercise. Depending on your age and the presence of risk factors ( high cholesterol, diabetes, family history, tobacco smoking) the problem could be benign or related to a more serious condition. Some common causes of this type of abnormal rhythm or arrythmia include stress, caffeine, illicit drugs like cocaine, amphetamines, crack, cannabis,etc.
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