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A Test Of the Heart - The Results

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I went to my doc this morning. He explained to me that all I had was an extra beat.

He went on to explain that when a patient complains about an extra (sometimes called skipped beat), they do several tests. They know my blood numbers are excellent. My blood pressure is great (today was 122/74), my pulse was 64 (also really good). They do a stress test to see if there is any underlying problem (heart disease, heart failure, valve trouble, blockage, fibrillation, tachacardia, etc. I have none. So, he did the Holter Monitor to see if there is beat problem they could not catch. None.

He told me there are different muscles and chambers that produce the beats. It is all in sync. But sometimes, one muscle decides to a premature beat on its own. The other parts of the heart that were supposed to do that at the correct time say, "Okay, we'll wait a sec". And that is why it feels like a skipped beat, but it is really an extra one. I asked why I feel dizzy and asked if the correct beat backs the blood up into my neck and head. He said no. There is a build up of a little more blood and when the heart does that next correct beat, it circulates that extra blood. That is what you feel.

I did tell him that I did not press the button every time I had an episode because there would have been well over 200. He said that I had 348 episodes.

He wants me to stay on the magnesium, get extra potassium, more water and electrolytes. He will see me in four months. He said that back in the 80's they used to treat folks with this problem and the people got worse or developed other things. They learned that if that is the only thing they have, to not treat.
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