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shineshine36 posted:
hi, i have cad, cardiomyopithy, and heart failure. i have complained to my doctor about having a feeling that my heart is flip flopping or fluttering in my chest. they have put a monitor on me but always tell me that it did'nt pick up anything please help i have already had a heart attack and i am can i get them to help me? or to listen to me ?
billh99 responded:
they have put a monitor on me but always tell me that it did'nt pick up anything

What kind of monitor?

There is the 24/48 hr Holter monitor.

And there are event recorders. similar to the Holter except that you have it for 30-90 days. And it logs unusual events.

The is also a long term event recorder that is implanted under the skin and can be interrogated externally to get it's data.
cardiostarusa1 responded:

You have quite a medical history.

"They have put a monitor on me but always tell me that it didn't pick up anything"

We assume it was a Holter monitor. If so, an event recorder can be used for much longer periods of time, to capture/record an elusive/transient arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat).

"I have complained to my doctor about having a feeling that my heart is flip flopping or fluttering in my chest."

As applicable to the patient, the most common type of palpitations, premature ventricular contractions (PVCs, occurs even in many heart-healthy individuals), has various causes or triggers, cardiac and non-cardiac.

Often, PVCs are typically harmless, be it isolated (single), couplets (2-in-row), triplets (3-in-a-row) or salvos (short bursts of 3 or more in-a-row), bigeminy (occurring every other beat), trigeminy (occurring every third beat), quadrigeminy (occurring every fourth beat), etc., etc.

HOWEVER, the main problem or concern (even more so, much more emphasized for those with certain major or serious heart conditions) with PVCs is if/when sustained ventricular tachycardia (runs of PVCs over 30 seconds) occurs.

Symptoms that may/can occur wih PVCs includes none at all or chest pain/discomfort/pressure/tightness, difficulty breathing, lightheadedness/dizziness, and in uncommon to rare cases, near-syncope or syncope (temporary loss of consciousness, includes fainting and passing out).

"How can I get them to help me or to listen to me?"

You know your body best. ALWAYS be proactive in your health care and treatment. Sometimes, this not only requires being assertive but also consulting with another/other doctors.

Best of luck down the road of life.

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