Heart skipping beats....

  1. Does anyone know why my heart skips beats, sometimes a couple at a time. It takes my breath away. Should I be concerned?
    Steph
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  3. by   NurseRatchet26
    Quote from stephera
    Does anyone know why my heart skips beats, sometimes a couple at a time. It takes my breath away. Should I be concerned?
    Steph
    It could be any number of things but none of us can Dx you on a message board (nor should we try to). You really should see your M.D. Particularly if this is a common occurence. I hope you feel better.
  4. by   kyti
    Just a thought, are you taking any diet pills or ephedra herbs, stackers ect...?
  5. by   mandykal
    I do agree with Ratchet...

    Anyone who finds their heart is not beating normally, especially when its not unual, they should definitely get checked...
  6. by   stephera
    No I am on no diet pills but am diabetic for 21 years now. I have had it checked out had a stress test and they said everything was fine. I had one dr. tell me that if I didn't pay attention to it that I wouldn't even know it was there!!!

    Steph
  7. by   athomas91
    do you work nites...drink alot of coffee...have alot of stress....
  8. by   rollingstone
    Quote from athomas91
    do you work nites...drink alot of coffee...have alot of stress....
    Do you smoke cigarettes?
  9. by   askater11
    Quote from stephera
    Does anyone know why my heart skips beats, sometimes a couple at a time. It takes my breath away. Should I be concerned?
    Steph
    Anybody with irregular heartbeats should see a Dr. What concerns me more with you--you're symptomatic. (SOB)
    A number a things cause irregular heart beats. (smoking, stress, certain RX's, heart dx. and etc...etc....etc.)
    Please see a dr. ASAP.

    A side note--we put a upper 20 year old co-worker whom had 5 children, smoked constantly, if not smoking drinking caffeine, working a lot while in nursing school. You should have seen all her PVC's.
  10. by   Havin' A Party!
    What about other caffeine, Nutrasweet (or other artificial sweeteners), MSG, calcium supplements, or alcohol? Do you keep yourself well hydrated throughout the day? Is your heart in rhythm?
  11. by   Dinith88
    Stephera, don't let all this talk freak you out. Palpitations (esp. pvc's) are very common, and MOST of the time benign. If you've had a stress-test and other stuff to 'check it out', your doc's would've seen an arrythmia....and would know if you have any underlying coronary disease. (if you're worried about an MI). This is why they said not to worry. The biggest problem you might be having is the Doc's (and others involved w/your care) not explaining everything in greater detail. A very good test would be a 24-hour halter monitor...especially if you werent having palpitations during your stress-test, ecg's, etc. You may want to bring this up w/your doc. Again, pvc's are common, usually benign, but can make you feel like your heart is doing flips....
  12. by   MellyAnn
    During nursing school one of my instructors was throwing PVCs and she ended up hospitalized to get her dx. Turned out her potassium was low.
  13. by   stephera
    I only drink caffeine free diet dr. pepper. I don't use sweetners and all that. I am not on any meds except for insulin. Skipping beats or fluttering isn't everyday. It is sometimes worse than other days. Thanks for everyones input .

    Steph
  14. by   athomas91
    i agree w/ Dinith...PVC's are very common...i started w/ them when i was 22 (and started working nites....) it was lack of sleep, indulgence of caffeine and stress...when i remedied those...the irregularities went away...

    usually hit just as i lay down to sleep...figures...

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