I'm a 24 year old female who's been suffering with skipped beats for the past year or so. When they first starting happening this time last year they majorly freaked me out so I went to my doctor, she listened to my heart, checked my BP and told me everything was normal and that it was probably just stress causing them. So I was reassured - until a couple of days later when they happened again, at a time when I couldn't have felt less stressed (I think I was relaxing, watching the TV or something). Back then, I was feeling like I was getting them maybe once or twice a day, and sometimes they could disappear for a few weeks, but I just kept ignoring them and trying to remember my doctor's assurances. But then earlier this week, I got a bad run of them, about 4-5 in a row, just when I had woken up and should've been at my least stressed. So in a panic I went straight to the emergency room and of course by the time I got there I felt completely fine. Eventually, I saw a doctor who looked at my ecg, told me it couldn't be more normal, there's no sign at all of any kind of arrythmia, she listened to my heart as well and assured me it sounded normal, no murmurs or anything. She then asked me all the usual questions about family history (there's absolutely no family history of heart problems), chest pains, dizziness (none of which I get) and then the one that reassured me the most - did I get these skipped beats during exercise? I said no, that's the one time where I know I'm not going to get them. Well, she said that's great, if they're mainly occurring at times of rest they're almost definitely nothing to worry about, but she's arranged for me to have Holter next month just to be sure.
But now, I'm seriously worried - I was warming up for my morning exercise this morning and decided for some unknown reason to check my heart rate before I got into the full swing of things. Well to my surprise, there they were, those dreaded palps and much worse than when I get them at rest because when I get them at rest, I can feel the flutter but it appears that when I exercise I do get them but just don't feel the flutter. I stopped my exercise right away and pretty much spent the rest of the morning in tears. It felt like exercise was my one refuge from these and now I discover I've probably been having them all along, which scares me because I know that these types of palps during exercise mean there's something wrong with my heart. I'm so fed up of them, they're slowly taking over every part of my life because I'm too scared to do anything in case it brings them on and that maybe this time my heart won't go back to its normal rhythm. Now I feel too scared to even exercise. It's funny because when I was in my teens I never had any interest in exercise and was probably quite unfit but I never had palpitations, yet last year when they started happening I was probably in the best shape I'd ever been in.
Has anybody got any tips on how to cope with this? Sometimes I nearly feel it would be better if my heart did just pack up on me so I can stop feeling like this