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Wed, Jun 5 9:26pm · Sudden Appearance of Skin Pathology in Skin Health

Thanks so much for that thoughtful response Ginger. You have nailed her profile exactly – porcelain skinned, a history of severe sunburns in her youth and some sort of clotting disorder that manifests once a month or so as a scary looking red blotch in the white of the eye not to mention little blood filled “blebs” that show up on her skin occasionally. She doesn’t take the baby aspirins as her blood is too “thin” already and the only vitamins she takes are the multi vitamin formulations. This particular pathology is quite different from the above mentioned phenomena that we have had in the past so that’s why I posted it to the forum. I think that your answer is most reassuring for us and we’ll give it a couple of weeks to fade. If it doesn’t cooperate, then we’ll do the primary doctor route.

Mon, Jun 3 9:34pm · Sudden Appearance of Skin Pathology in Skin Health

No – she doesn't have any memory of an unusual contact, trauma, insect bite or anything of the sort so we can't ascribe anything to the sudden appearance of the lesion.

Sat, Jun 1 9:30pm · Sudden Appearance of Skin Pathology in Skin Health

on my wife's (69 years old and in good health) arm about 2' below the elbow. It came up fairly suddenly about a week ago and is asymptomatic. Does it appear to be a cause for concern? It shows no sign of resolving.

Wed, Jan 30 10:16am · Extra Systole in Heart Rhythm Conditions

Not sure what to make of your letter AFR. When you were on the massive Beta blocker dose, did that cure the arrhythmia on its own? Then what happened?
It sounds like you tossed the Beta blockers, began to exercise and the excercise on its own cured the arrhythmia. Did I get that right?

Tue, Jan 29 12:09pm · Extra Systole in Heart Rhythm Conditions

First of all, thanks for the helpful replies.A few questions I have in response to the above comments.
Does extra systole fall in the AFib category? Would a beta blocker solve my problem? Are there any issues with taking beta blockers?
I have had both an ECG and a 24 hour Holter in the past and in both cases my GP said that irregularities showed up but again,nothing to worry about.
And I do have to agree with him to the extent that I am not impaired in any way. Still, it's not much fun living with this constant level of apprehension and anxiety and awareness of heart beats. I live in northern Canada and there is no cardiologist in our town but I will definitely look at visiting one the next time that I am down south.

Sun, Jan 27 9:00pm · Extra Systole in Heart Rhythm Conditions

I am 70 years old and in good shape except for what has been labelled by my GP as having an extra systole. He tells me that it’s a benign condition not requiring any treatment. The thing is that I don’t feel that the condition is all that benign. I can only describe it as feeling like a fish is swimming around in my chest and I get the occasional whack against the ribs with its tail. In other words, I am much more aware of my heart beat than I think I should be. This alone wouldn’t be so bad but it’s not just the physical thumping of the heart that’s the problem. There’s a vague sense of unease and anxiety that never seems to let up and I know that life would be so much nicer without this extra systole and the ensuing constant awareness of my heart beating. Is there any treatment for the condition?

Sun, Jan 27 3:20pm · Unable to understand this part of medical report in Heart & Blood Health

I am 70 years old and in good shape except for what has been labelled by my GP as having an extra systole. He tells me that it’s a benign condition not requiring any treatment. The thing is that I don’t feel that the condition is all that benign. I can only describe it as feeling like a fish is swimming around in my chest and I get the occasional whack against the ribs with its tail. In other words, I am much more aware of my heart beat than I think I should be. This alone wouldn’t be so bad but it’s not just the physical thumping of the heart that’s the problem. There’s a vague sense of unease and anxiety that never seems to let up and I know that life would be so much nicer without this extra systole and the ensuing constant awareness of my heart beating. Is there any treatment for the condition?