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my heart skips a beat and it takes my breathe. Whats wrong ?

In the middle of talking, every now and then, my heart skips a beat and it takes my breathe. I also assumed it was because I was talking a lot, and running out of breathe, so there wasn t enough oxygen going to my brain or something of that sort. But I was outside talking to my boyfriend and it seemed like it skipped for a long period of time, I went to feel my pulse and there was nothing for what seemed like 3 or 4 seconds. Then when it picked back up, it was beating a little faster then normal... I do get heart palpitations.. My heart will race for no reason sometimes. I get dizzy and feel faint. Is this something normal that happens to a lot of people or does it sound like something more serious? I don t think love makes your heart skip beats... and I know how to check my pulse, because I find myself doing it all the time, since my heart races and skips beats often. Also, I highly doubt lung cancer, since I don t smoke, and I m only 21. (Female, not over weight, if this has anything to do with anything.) I ve had the racing heart problem since I was in like 11th grade. I noticed it after school one day, it was beating so fast I felt like I was going to faint. My mother told me it might be due to caffeine and sugar, so I stopped drinking soda and stopped eating things with so much sugar. It doesn t happen as often now, but sometimes if I bend over too quickly, or sit down/stand up, it happens.
Thu, 6 May 2010
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My husband's pulse showed his heart was skipping two beats several times a minute. My husband had the same symptoms you described.  Turned out he has thyroiditis (Hashimoto's disease).  Dr prescribed Synthroid and Cytomel.  No more heart palps, no more skips...back to normal.  P.S. Apparently he had this condition for many years before it was property diagnosed.  Have your thyroid checked.   Good luck.

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WOw that sounds like what I have and its called SVT..  google that and read the symptoms or psvt...  My heart would be fast when I would bend down to pick something up and stand up! I went to the hospital as soon as it happened and they did a ekg and said it is svt! I take medicine for  it.  My heart also skips beats it scary! I hate feeling like i cant breath 4 a sec!

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They're called premature ventricular contractions, or PVCs for short. For some reason, your heart will "double beat" and then has to pause and reset its rhythm. Most people have PVCs every now and then, but not everyone can feel them, and for those of us who can, they can be everything from annoying to downright frightening. Sometimes your heart adjusting to gravity will cause the skips while bending over or standing. Don't worry too much. Anxiety and fatigue are big contributors to PVCs. If they are particularly bothersome to you, beta blocker therapy might be worth looking into. Check with your doctor.
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