Heart Rhythm Conditions – Welcome to the group

Welcome to the Heart Rhythm Conditions group on Mayo Clinic Connect.
Did you know that the average heart beats 100,000 times a day? Millions of people live with heart rhythm problems (heart arrhythmias) which occur when the electrical impulses that coordinate heartbeats don’t work properly. Let’s connect with each other; we can share stories and learn about coping with the challenges, and living well with abnormal heart rhythms. I invite you to follow the group. Simply click the +FOLLOW icon on the group landing page.

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@anniegk

I have had irregular heartbeat on and off since i was in my late 20's. Iam now in my 70's and they have become much worse. I have had several 24 hour halter monitors. So far i have been told i have SVT, premature heartbeats etc. My last 24 hour monitor showed 500 events. The doctor just blew it off. I sometimes find that a walk stops the irregularity. I take propanolol for it.

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I notice that exercise and taking walks can temporarily relieve pvcs, even after going up 16 stairs. I am out of breath but pulse is regular after that for a while. My cardiologist is very sympathetic and listens to me. I will try the abdomen thing!

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@anniegk

I have had irregular heartbeat on and off since i was in my late 20's. Iam now in my 70's and they have become much worse. I have had several 24 hour halter monitors. So far i have been told i have SVT, premature heartbeats etc. My last 24 hour monitor showed 500 events. The doctor just blew it off. I sometimes find that a walk stops the irregularity. I take propanolol for it.

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Iam going to try the abdomen thing. Do you find when you are getting the palps that you have trouble getting a deep breath?

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@jamienolson

Hello @jeannieg7 and @mommabyrd. Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect! Thank you for posting!

Jeannie, has the yoga and meditation helped? And Sonja, how are you controlling the blackouts?

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I am going to start & will keep you posted

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@anniegk

I have had irregular heartbeat on and off since i was in my late 20's. Iam now in my 70's and they have become much worse. I have had several 24 hour halter monitors. So far i have been told i have SVT, premature heartbeats etc. My last 24 hour monitor showed 500 events. The doctor just blew it off. I sometimes find that a walk stops the irregularity. I take propanolol for it.

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When I get my palps every other beat, then I feel a bit winded. It's more like an adrenalin rush for me. I feel it in my shoulders and the top of my head.

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I am not winded but i keep trying to get a deep breath…does that make sense?

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@anniegk

I am not winded but i keep trying to get a deep breath…does that make sense?

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That makes total sense to me. I've experienced that. Just wanting to get a deep breath and then not being able to.

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@anniegk

I have had irregular heartbeat on and off since i was in my late 20's. Iam now in my 70's and they have become much worse. I have had several 24 hour halter monitors. So far i have been told i have SVT, premature heartbeats etc. My last 24 hour monitor showed 500 events. The doctor just blew it off. I sometimes find that a walk stops the irregularity. I take propanolol for it.

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Yes, I get out of breath, especially when I first wake up in the morning. I will have results from my two-week monitor soon. I am a little scared. I tried a yoga exercise yesterday, (standing position, arms up) and I passed out/fainted and fell.

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@anniegk

I have had irregular heartbeat on and off since i was in my late 20's. Iam now in my 70's and they have become much worse. I have had several 24 hour halter monitors. So far i have been told i have SVT, premature heartbeats etc. My last 24 hour monitor showed 500 events. The doctor just blew it off. I sometimes find that a walk stops the irregularity. I take propanolol for it.

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When I first wake up in the morning with PVCs/palps, even before I get out of bed, I have huge adrenalin rushes going through my entire body. Very uncomfortable.

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Hello. I am Karen, age 68, diagnosed with A-fib about four years ago and just started having PVCs in the last month or two. I have commented on other threads but not this one. I have a holter monitor until tomorrow and then will get results in a week or so. I am a little scared because I seem to be having PVCs all he time now whereas I only have A-fib a couple of times a week. The PVCs make me feel very weak, out of breath, and generally uncomfortable with adrenalin rushes, dizziness, sometimes slight nausea. I passed out for a second and fell doing yoga yesterday. I am also underdoing cancer treatment (lucky me) which might be adding to my discomfort.

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@karenatmayo

Hello. I am Karen, age 68, diagnosed with A-fib about four years ago and just started having PVCs in the last month or two. I have commented on other threads but not this one. I have a holter monitor until tomorrow and then will get results in a week or so. I am a little scared because I seem to be having PVCs all he time now whereas I only have A-fib a couple of times a week. The PVCs make me feel very weak, out of breath, and generally uncomfortable with adrenalin rushes, dizziness, sometimes slight nausea. I passed out for a second and fell doing yoga yesterday. I am also underdoing cancer treatment (lucky me) which might be adding to my discomfort.

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Hi, I think you should contact your doctor concerning your passing out especially if this is something new that is going on. I really hope you do that. Iam 72 and have had PVC's since my 20's. I noe have SVT. I really hate the PVC's. They bring on anxiety and discomfort. It sounds like you have a lot on your plate right now. Please call a doctor.

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@jamienolson

Hello @jeannieg7 and @mommabyrd. Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect! Thank you for posting!

Jeannie, has the yoga and meditation helped? And Sonja, how are you controlling the blackouts?

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Please see a doctor about the blackouts.

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Thank You. I have an appointment with my oncologist this week and cardiologist next week.

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I am enfermo and I have lived with PVCs for more than 20 years.

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I have had them a long time as well. Completely bothersome.

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@enfermo

I am enfermo and I have lived with PVCs for more than 20 years.

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Welcome to Connect, @enfermo. Would you be able to share some more information, or perhaps some insight as to how you've managed and coped with PVCs for such a long time? Do you take medications to control them; are there any triggers you've learned to be aware of?

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