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Old 03-07-2008, 06:31 AM   #11
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Re: Heart skipping a beat?

I spoke with my roommate-asking her to pick the doc's brain. She told me the following:
Does it happen during exercise? If not, then the cardiologists aren't concerned. Basically, they stress test people by pushing them on a treadmill to try to induce problems. If it doesn't show up then, it's probably nothing to be worried about.
All doctors will CYA telling you to hold off on the workouts until you see a specialist.

Sooo.... I personally am not going to worry and see if I can figure out if it's an electrolyte thing- I'm thinking potassium. Plus, I'm a medic and if I feel symptoms of problems I will get treatment.

For you- I would get it checked out thoroughly so you know nothing is going on. I had an ekg and echo at rest a few yrs ago for this and they found nothing.

She did think the coughing was weird tho....
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Old 03-07-2008, 05:34 PM   #12
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Re: Heart skipping a beat?

I often have this issue and as I recall it is called a Pre Ventricular Contraction (PVC). It is relatively harmless unless it becomes a non-stop, constant issue, becomes very strong, and/or causes some other physical issues. It is basically the heart firing a millisecond before it should, a tiny spasm if you will. I find the issue crops up the most when it is hot out and I am sweating tons. I feel it the most at rest and most noticeably when I am lying down.

I don't recall the excat science behind the cause but electrolytes are key as there is a minor misfiring of the muscles of the heart. If I get to this point, I immediately consume electrolytes. Although I am NOT a fan of sports drinks due to their sugar content, one of medium sized bottles of an electrolyte enriched sports drink and lots of water behind it usually corrects the situation within a day. The electrolyte enriched waters work too, but I get quicker results with the sports drinks.

There is a quick blurb about PVC's in the link (WFS)below to put your mind at ease - scroll down about half way in the new link page. Obviously, plenty more info is available on the internet about it.

http://www.apsu.edu/thompsonj/Anatom...ac%20Cycle.htm

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Old 03-07-2008, 05:54 PM   #13
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Re: Heart skipping a beat?

As a note, without an EKG there is no way to know if what you feel as your heart skipping a beat is a PVC. There are mulitiple other possibilities, most relatively benign, some not. pSVT, runs of V-tach, PACs, others. It could be an electrolyte issue, it could be a electrophysiological issue. See a doc, get a Holter moniter, 12-lead, etc.

--The above is not medical advice, see your licensed healthcare practitioner for that. I am just some guy on the internet.
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Old 03-09-2008, 08:27 PM   #14
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Re: Heart skipping a beat?

Here's an update. I went to the doc on Friday and gave my family doc the story. He immediately told me that I was overtraining, and most likely low on potassium and possibly magnesium and calcium. I told him my diet should have plenty of all three, but it's most likely I just got behind the power curve and didn't catch up. They did another EKG/ECG and caught a few of my episodes, that I now know are PACs (Premature Atrial Contractions), which are more benign than PVCs, but still should be checked out to make sure they are the garden variety and not linked to something more serious. Aaaanyway. They took blood and I got a Holter monitor to wear for 24 hours. I returned on Saturday and dropped of the monitor, from my observation, they have a ton of PACs captured. I felt better saturday, and even better today, hardly any episodes today.

The bottom line on potassium lies with is it's balance to sodium to keep the electrical potential good for normal heart rhythm, as I understand it anyway. Too much potassium, and you get late fires, too little (like me) and you get early fires...

It's good to get something like this checked out, especially if you have family history of heart problems or other risk factors. But most likely, it's just an electrolyte/potassium thing and can be remedied quickly, as noted already in this thread.

Thanks to all of you for the posts. I'm going to start back to CF in a couple days, scaling more as I get back into it to make sure I'm in control... but I gotta get back, I MISS IT SO!
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Old 03-10-2008, 02:09 PM   #15
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Re: Heart skipping a beat?

Good to hear, Bob. Get rested up and then get back in the game. CF will always be waiting here for you. Take care and stay fit!
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Old 03-10-2008, 02:33 PM   #16
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Good to hear, Bob. Get rested up and then get back in the game. CF will always be waiting here for you. Take care and stay fit!
Thanks for the kind words Ian.... I'll have to get a pic with my dog for my avatar. Maybe during my post-workout-sweat-licking-dog-bath that he loves so much.

Mostly because you and yours look so "business"... I have a border collie who's smarter than I am. Which can be a problem at times.

Thanks again.

**EDIT** Ian, I just checked out ssdk9 page. Great page and a really a wonderful display of what you and your partners do for your community.

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Old 03-10-2008, 07:12 PM   #17
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Re: Heart skipping a beat?

Bob-glad to hear you got it checked out and that it's nothing serious.
I looked at your thread-about Zone friendly potassium and made sure to pick up some avocados yesterday.
That's helpful info on the situation. Thanks for the update.
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Old 03-11-2008, 09:39 AM   #18
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Re: Heart skipping a beat?

If one thing is true about zoning, it is that you will eventually learn to like (love) and crave the foods you eat and need. Before zoning you couldn't get cottage cheese down my throat with a sedative and a plunger. Now I want it every morning with my oats. Same goes for me and avacado. Now it's on every salad I eat. Don't love it yet, but eat it knowing it's good for me without gagging. I'm big on textures if you can't tell.
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Old 03-11-2008, 11:47 AM   #19
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I can't stand cottage cheese. The thought of actually wanting cups and cups of broccoli is hard for me to fathom. Right now I'm enjoying the heck outta the Zone chili recipe. We'll see how the rest takes shape.
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Old 03-11-2008, 12:43 PM   #20
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Oh yeah, same thing with me and broccoli! I can't get enough of it now!

But that's good because it's another good potassium source as well.
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