... they have really been bugging me and my anxiety is off the charts. I feel like i get a skipped beat and then the next few heart beats are low and slow. Does anyone else have experience of this? I’ve had 5 ekg’s, a cat scan, chest X-ray and tons of blood work and everything has come back fine so far. This is taking over my life. Help!
6th year pharmacy student here.
Me and my father both have a long history of "skipped beats" or "flutters". I get them almost daily if I don't get enough sleep, get dehydrated, don't eat right, etc., and I have no idea why. We both (my father and I) have had all our labs and scans return with no abnormalities.
My best guess based on my personal experience? I get very little dairy in my diet, I don't eat much in general, and I drink a LOT of fluids while working/studying. I think daily changes in my calcium level are the main reason for my heart flutters, and possibly made worse by fluid overload or dehydration (depending on the day and time of day).
I've noticed that my flutters get worse when I'm up for a long time (literally talking 24+ hours, like when studying for exams/finals/etc.), when I don't eat very often, and when I get too much fluid intake throughout the day (basically, an increase in water could dilute the blood and lower the concentration of sodium, potassium, calcium, etc.).
Related - If you don't mind me asking, do you take any medications, even if not for this particular problem? Also, you don't have to respond to this either, but cocaine and amphetamines can cause heart flutters and worsening anxiety, as well as other illicit drugs.
You mentioned heart palpitations getting worse throughout the last 3 years.
Think back is there any medication you may be taking on a as-needed basis that could be causing these palpitations?
Despite all of the tests coming back normal, have you ever had a test being performed while you were experiencing the heart palpitations?
My advice to you would be, go to the ER the next time you experiencing heart palpitations and I would make an appointment with a cardiologist.
Lastly, despite the tests coming up normal, don't give up until you have a diagnosis.
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