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Forum Name: Arrhythmias
Question: Rolling sensation in chest
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|rileysales - Sat Aug 11, 2007 8:22 pm||
I 33 year old female that has had problems for years with anxiety. 3 years ago I went to the emergency room with a pulse rate of 150 - I had EKG's and also a heart echo and everything came back normal. I was put on Ziac (2.5) which I take 1/2 a pill daily. I do however catch myself holding my breath without even realizing it - problay anxiety related. It is then then that I feel what I guess is a palpitation - it feels like my heart either skips a beat or rolls.... I am trying to cut back on my caffeine. I also have alot of stress that I am trying to control with deep breathing etc... Should I be worried about this? I also feel like my upper back is tight and stiff alot of the time - this seems to get worse when the palpitations get worse. My dr tells me that it is anxiety but I am worried that I may have a heart condition. My dad has struggled with these same issues for years. Please advise
|Dr. Chan Lowe - Sat Aug 25, 2007 3:39 pm||
Anxiety can certainly cause the symptoms you are describing. The rolling sensation you are feeling may be due to PVC's (premature ventricular contractions). These are often described as feeling like a missed heart beat; however, the beat did occur but too soon so the pause afterwards was longer.
If you are beginning to have this sensation more it is probably a good idea to see your doctor again to make sure everything is OK.
Cutting back on caffeine can help with PVC's and with anxiety so this is a good idea.
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