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having heart palpitations for over a week

Hi, I have been having heart palpitations for over a week now.? I went to my dr and had an EKG which was normal, but they kept coming so I went to the ER the next day and had another EKG and a meart monitor for 2 hours. Still they say heart looks good. THey also drew blood and said my Thyroid is good, potassium levels are good along with magnesium. THey also said I am not pregnant. Any suggestions what may be the cause???? I am 27 years old, I don t smoke, don t drink alot of caffine, no supplements. I don t work out as much as I used too! I am on no meds except my Dr. gave me anxiety meds when I feel anxious becasue of them. I do have anxiety attacks alot, sometime for no reason. I just have never felt the palpitations before. Thank you for all your wonderful answers! I am new to this but I found it very helpful!!
Thu, 17 Dec 2009
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Chances are you are having what is called a PVC or a PAC PVC=Premature Ventricular Contraction PAC=Premature Atrial Contraction They are totally harmless, but they can be very unsettling. It is when 1 of the 4 chambers of the heart beats out of sequence. While it feels like a skipped beat, it is actually an extra-beat and then a pause. Everybody has them, but things like lack of sleep, bad eating, and stress can cause them to increase. Also, once you get stressed out about them, you start to notice them more which makes it seem like you're having them more often, when in actuality, you're just listening for them and focusing on it a lot more. The only way to confirm that this is what it is is to wear a 24-hour holter monitor. If your EKG is fine, and you are under 50, I wouldn't worry about it.
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