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heart keeps stopping
« on: May 24, 2014, 04:16:51 AM »
Ive been having weird scary heart palpitation. My heart would just stop beating for 1 second and restart again. I would measure my pulse on my wrist and i would have the same heart palp and i cant feel the pulse on my wrist. The nurse practitioner said its anxiety and my ekg was normal. I dont know if it is anxiety because my heart would flutter rather than stop when i have anxiety. Does anyone else have this same issue?
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Re: heart keeps stopping
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2014, 05:20:35 AM »
Your heart isn't stopping; it's a short extra beat that feels like your heart is "skipping."  Totally benign, happens to everyone, some people more than others.
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Re: heart keeps stopping
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2014, 05:56:45 AM »
I have BOTH issues with anxiety heart...
The heart would seemingly stop (yes, you feel it in your pulse too) sometimes when it "stops" you get a hollow feeling or even a wave of dizziness (I do anyway!) then the heart will beat again forcefully or you'll get 2 quick beats afterwards.  I've gotten it for hours straight every 30 seconds!  (that's what sent ME to the doctor the first time!)  I also get the fluttery kind and that's the one that if I take my pulse I either feel NOTHING at all or it's going fast.  BOTH benign.
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Re: heart keeps stopping
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2014, 07:29:24 AM »
For me it feels like a stillness followed by a WHOOOSHH!!!!

Tends to happen more when I'm dehydrated
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Re: heart keeps stopping
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2014, 07:38:06 AM »
For me it feels like a stillness followed by a WHOOOSHH!!!!

Tends to happen more when I'm dehydrated

Really??  THAT is very interesting, as that stuff happens to me a lot and I am usually "borderline" dehydrated (when they do the urine test and you get the specific gravity reading, it's always in mild dehydration.  (because I NEVER get thirsty and rarely drink) - I am going to put water near me when I can so it will remind me to drink more and see if it helps!
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Re: heart keeps stopping
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2014, 11:52:11 PM »
I also get the woosh feeling. Like my heart would stop, restart and i can hear my blood swooshing in my head
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Re: heart keeps stopping
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2014, 01:30:57 AM »
It's anxiety especially if the ekg was normal. Try relaxing and see it get better :)
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Re: heart keeps stopping
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2014, 08:07:27 AM »
Dehydration causes all sorts of bad things - even if you're mildly dehydrated.  If you're consistently dehydrated try making a conscious effort for the next 2 weeks to drink plenty of fluids (not soda, or sports drinks or a lot of caffeine) - drink water and/or herbal tea.

I bet you'll be surprised at how quickly you feel better.

I struggle with this too - even thought I know I need to be hydrated I somethings just don't drink enough and then stuff like you describe kick in.  No fun but easy to resolve.
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Re: heart keeps stopping
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2014, 08:22:11 AM »
I agree with mollyfin. It is most likely a PVC.
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Re: heart keeps stopping
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2014, 12:24:32 PM »
I'm dealing with this exact same thing right now. 

I'll just be sitting and suddenly feel my heart skip and make a thud feeling.  Sometimes I have to move around or cough.  I have had this off and on for years but just recently I have scared myself enough to see a cardiologist.

He told me I have PVC's.  It's very common and nothing to be concerned about.  I told him that I was worried my heart would just stop or keep skipping.  He assured me that would not happen.  I mentioned my anxiety and he suggested I stop anything with caffeine.  I have been caffeine free since last Thursday.  I do try to drink a lot of water but there are days I just forget.  I also drink herbal (chamomile) tea some nights.

I usually feel one or two a day but he heard two of them when he listened to my heart and I didn't feel them.  So who knows how many are happening. 

Long story short, you are not alone with this.  I know what a scary feeling it is.  Just "try" to relax and know that it's very common and nothing to worry over.
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Re: heart keeps stopping
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2014, 12:53:26 PM »
Contrary to popular belief, your heart does not always beat at a constant rate. In fact its the exact opposite; it will speed up or slow down based on the demand at that moment. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Real-time_MRI_-_Thorax.ogv This is a real-time MRI of a heart beating. You can see just how much the timing changes from moment to moment, and Im pretty sure the stopping sensation you mentioned is apparent during part of the video.
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Re: heart keeps stopping
« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2014, 02:25:32 PM »
I get that "heart stop" feeling too sometimes. It used to worry me until I went to a specialist and they monitored my heart and found that I was having premature atrial contractions (PACs), which are totally harmless. I'm sure you're fine. :)
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Re: heart keeps stopping
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2014, 07:50:37 PM »
This is odd but I've noticed that I seem to get palpitations right after I've eaten a large meal.  I feel extremely full and then I'll feel it. 

Does this happen to anyone else?  I'm going to ask my cardiologist why that is.  I really hate palpitations.  I just had what felt like two in a row after leaving a restaurant tonight.  Freaked me out!  I didn't think it would stop. 
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Re: heart keeps stopping
« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2014, 08:31:23 PM »
famv5: It could be due to the bodies need to send blood to the stomach to aid in digestion when we eat. Same way that we sometimes feel a rush of blood and a rapid heartbeat when we move suddenly, and why it can be more noticeable after exercise. When our heart needs to move blood hastily, it will beat faster, and that'll make the beats more noticeable.
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Re: heart keeps stopping
« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2014, 08:34:50 PM »
Yes, I was just reading about that.  It's a very common complaint, apparently, to have them after eating.  I'm trying to research and learn as much as I can to try to ease my mind and understand why it happens.

Thank you for replying so quickly.
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