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skipolot posted:
Last night I noticed when laying on my left side I noticed a funny sensation with my heart beating weird. I sat up took my blood pressure it was 118/65 pulse 77 but showed I had an irregular heartbeat. I waited about 5 minutes took it again blood pressure was 127/75 pulse 85 no irregular heartbeat symbol. I have had all the test run before, ekg, 30 event monitor, echo all showed normal except the occasional skipped heartbeats that are more like thud and other than mild mitral valve prolapse my heart was structually fine. This is the second time this has happened in a month with the irregular heartbeat symbol on the monitor and me feeling like this. The weird feeling was like my heart was beating out of rhythm. Could this have been Afib or was my heart just skipping alot. I do have alot of acid reflux lately as well. What kind of irregular rhythm would the heart monitor show? I am really concerned now.
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cardiostarusa1 responded:
Hi:

"I am really concerned now."

Then please do consult with your doctor(s) promptly.

......"except the occasional skipped heartbeats that are more like thud and other than mild mitral valve prolapse......"

Noteworthy, some individuals with mitral valve prolapse (MVP, the most common and typically benign heart valve abnormality) may not even notice that they are having palpitations at all, or notice it more so, or only when doing things such as lying down (as the heart rate is often slower and irregularities can become apparent), especially on the left side, as the heart is brought closer to the chest wall.

As applicable, the most common type of palpitations, premature ventricular contractions (PVCs, occurs even in many heart-healthy individuals), described that the heart is flip-flopping, fluttering, jumping, pausing or stopping briefly (though it's actually not doing that), pounding, skipping, thumping, or strong, hard, or forceful beats being felt in the chest, neck, throat, has various causes (cardiac and non-cardiac) or triggers.

As reported, PVCs are typically harmless (benign), 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 when sustained ventricular tachycardia (runs of PVCs over 30 seconds) occurs.

Also, non-sustained ventricular tachycardia (NSVT, runs of PVCs under 30 seconds, but typically not salvos) may/can become serious as well if it occurs frequently (episodes are grouped closely/tightly together).

Additionally, and as applicable to the patient, atrial fibrillation (AF/A-Fib) has various causes (also known to be associated with many cardiac conditons) or triggers, sometimes being a one time-only occurrence, or may/can come and go, or be chronic.

During AF, electrical signals in the atria occur in a very fast, uncontrolled, and chaotic manner so that the atria quiver instead of contract, producing ineffective and disorganized atrial contractions. These disorganized electrical signals then arrive at the ventricles in an irregular fashion.

As reported, AF is an independent risk factor for a brain attack/stroke (increasing the risk about 5-fold), and significantly increases all-cause mortality in most age groups. Additionally, some individuals with AF are at an increased risk of heart failure or cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease).

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