Hi There,

I'm a 33 year old male and consider myself to be quite fit. I go to the gym and lift weights 5 times a week.

I have notice this "Skipped Beat" now for around 3 months + it's like my heart beats normally and then all of a sudden it misses one.... then the next beat seems twice as strong and I feel it in my chest. I do not suffer from any pain or dizziness etc...... and it doesn't affect my fitness.

I went to the GP last week and she sent me for an ECG which on both tries (15 and 45 seconds) showed no problems. I know my heart didn't skip a beat in this time which is typical!!! It pretty much does it all day to be honest....

I'm still single Sad so I socialise normally once a week and do tend to overindulge on the alcohol!! There is definately a noted increase the next day in the skiped beat!! so I will be cutting right back in that department.

There other area of concern is my water intake...... I go through fads of drinking 2 litres daily and then sometimes barely none...... The problem is I rarely feel thirsty so i have to force myself to do so. This is another area where I feel I need to improve...

I've been reading about it on here and have mixed views really. It does seem that it is normal... ish but I don't want to leave it....

My diet is quite good to be honest. I eat a high protein diet (mainly for the gym) consisting daily of 7am - porridge, 1030am - protein shake, 1230pm - chicken n veg, 1430pm - protein shake, 4pm - chicken n jacket potatoe, 6pm after gym protein shake, 7pm dinner - fish and veg or salad.

I take vitamins etc in the morning too consisting of:

1 Santogen Gold multi vitamin
1 Galic tablet
1 Kelp tablet (dont take too regularly)
1 35mg aspirin

I know thats alot of protein etc but I train extremely hard and I'm not putting on any excess weigh, only mucscle... all be it slowly. I weight 14st 11lbs. For cardio I use a mountain bike twice a week and cover around 20 miles!!

My GP is sending me for bloods but I'm convinced they will say you're fine.... I just wanted some more professional advice to help put my mind at rest?

Many Thanks in advance

David
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replied July 10th, 2008
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When some heart arrhythmia occurs suddenly and not very often so that can't be always registered with a regular ECG then the only way you can "caught" it is with 24 hours "holter"-monitoring. You can consult some cardiologist about this.
About your second problem ("water intake") I can't judge because water intake depends from many factors (physical activity, exposure to warm, salt intake etc.) so it can normally vary.
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replied July 11th, 2008
I somewhere read that it just looks like heart skips one beat for you, but actually it beats faster than usual.
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replied July 14th, 2008
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Won't normal blood tests and ECG put your mind at rest?
You sound like you want to be ill.
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replied July 15th, 2008
Ok, I don't really know how to take that response but....! I assure you I don't want to be ill. I have had an ECG which came up clear and I'm going for Bloods this week. I was only seeking another professional opinion in this area to put my mind at rest.

The ECG was only run for a short while hence my concern for the missed beat not occurring within that period.
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replied July 15th, 2008
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It is a fact that there are arrhythmias that can't be always caught on a regular ECG-test because they show up and disappear suddenly. Such sudden (paroxysmal) arrhythmias can be detected and registered only with 24 hours ECG-monitoring ("holter"). You can request second and expert oppinion from a cardiologist about this type of testing.
Blood tests can give us a lot of informations about your health but almost nothing about the heart rhythm. But still, there are some types of heart arrhythmias that can be due to some disorders that are not primary located on the heart like some thyroid gland disorders for example. In such cases blood tests can help and that's why they are also requested.
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replied July 19th, 2008
David_C, I had the same problem, check the magnetic fields in your life and you may find the answer, I did.
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