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What causes ectopic heartbeats?

Hi, I ve experienced ectopic heart beat for quite some time now, probably since 2010. Im 35 years old, male. Ive read quite a number of articles regarding ectopic heart beat, eventho most of them says it is harmless, but i can assure you the experience is really scary. How do i know when it is dangerous and need to seek for medical attention? Mine will go like boom boom boom boom then silence for a moment.. Then BOOM boom boom .. This can continue for few minutes. And it is really scary.
Tue, 13 Nov 2018
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Hello,

Ectopic heartbeat cause is often unknown. Stimulants such as these can trigger palpitations:

•      alcohol
•      caffeine
•      certain medicines (both prescription and over-the-counter)
•      recreational drugs
•      tobacco

You may have an electrocardiogram (ECG). If your ECG is abnormal or your symptoms continue to bother you, you may need to have further tests, such as a 24-hour ECG.

Whether or not you need treatment will depend on the underlying cause of your palpitations, and how severe your symptoms are. Avoiding the triggers of palpitations and ectopic beats may help.

Beta-blockers may be prescribed to lower your heart rate and control your heart rhythm on prescription only.

In more serious cases you may be referred to a specialist, especially if your doctor thinks you may have a heart condition. I'm sure if you avoid the triggers, that will help you a lot.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Suzana Zharri, General & Family Physician
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What causes ectopic heartbeats?

Hello, Ectopic heartbeat cause is often unknown. Stimulants such as these can trigger palpitations: •      alcohol •      caffeine •      certain medicines (both prescription and over-the-counter) •      recreational drugs •      tobacco You may have an electrocardiogram (ECG). If your ECG is abnormal or your symptoms continue to bother you, you may need to have further tests, such as a 24-hour ECG. Whether or not you need treatment will depend on the underlying cause of your palpitations, and how severe your symptoms are. Avoiding the triggers of palpitations and ectopic beats may help. Beta-blockers may be prescribed to lower your heart rate and control your heart rhythm on prescription only. In more serious cases you may be referred to a specialist, especially if your doctor thinks you may have a heart condition. I m sure if you avoid the triggers, that will help you a lot. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Take care Regards, Dr Suzana Zharri, General & Family Physician