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  • New Symptoms...Is this common?

    The past few weeks, after that fiasco on that blood pressure medicine, I have been having funny heart beats. They seem like a fast double beat, a pause and then a thud and a sinking feeling. Does anyone else have this? Does anyone know what it is? I am getting so many of them throughout the day now. I have had them in the past but maybe one in 3 months. Now it can happen 3 or 4 times in a row several times a day. I also notice a funny heart beat now if I lay on my right side. Any info is appreciated.

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    Sounds like the arrythmias I get all the time. The only way you will really know what they are is to wear a holter monitor or event monitor and that will tell you if they are dangerous or not. Mine were thought to be innocent for a long time, but after wearing a monitor for a month, some of them turned out to be non-sustained v tach and were one of the indicators for my ICD.

    This is something else you should be discussing with Dr. Shah. If you haven't been monitored before, you should be now. Dr. Shah originally wasn't too worried about my arrythmias, but after he saw more recordings, he changed his mind.
    Daughter of Father with HCM
    Diagnosed with HCM 1999.
    Full term pregnancy - Son born 11/01
    ICD implanted 2/03; generator replaced 2/2005 and 2/2012
    Myectomy 8/11/06 - Joe Dearani - Mayo Clinic.


    • #3

      Dear K,

      It is pretty hard to diagnose palpitations via the Internet!!!

      Please let your doctor know about them as soon as you can. We all get stuff from time to time and it is pretty standard for symptoms to come in waves, but changes in frequency and type should always be reported.

      it could be due to stress or other triggers, so keep an eye out for when they happen. let your doctor know if you see any patterns, too.

      let us know what they say.



      • #4
        Hi K, In my case when I had those symptoms my HCM doc said they were called premature heart beat. Two quickies, a pause and then a strong beat. Some describe it as a missed beat.
        The reason for the strong beat after the pause is because the heart has more time to fill and has more blood to pump out.
        My doc said in most cases this is not serious, just annoying, but since it is new to you, you should definetly have it checked out by your HCM Doc to make sure.
        I don't have it any more since I was put on Amiodarone to control other arrythmias I had.
        Every great thing that has ever happened since the beginning of time has started as a single thought in someones mind.
        So if you are capable of thought then you are capable of great things
        Good luck and stay well.


        • #5
          Anytime you have a change in symptoms you should notify your doctor and discuss it with them. It may be minor or it may be a sign of something more serious...please talk to your doctor and let us know how you make out!
          All the BEST!
          Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
          YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

          Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
          lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
          Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
          Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
          Currently not obstructed
          Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)