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This may sound strange, Its the third time today and has been happening on and off since last thurs.. But i feel my heart is beating extra fast, Its like 2 beats where there should be one.. Am i having a heart attack or does this happen everyone??
Please help ..
I know how alarming extra beats can be, but from what you've described it sounds like an ectopic beat, 2 beats at a go. These symptoms can come in clusters for days, weeks and then just suddenly go. Its very common and can be caused by anxiety, caffeine, alcohol. But I'm no doctor and like everyone has said its wise to get it checked out, I just don't what you worrying needlessly.
I have this a fair bit. My heart rate is naturally pretty fast and every so often I have palpatations which can last anything from a few seconds to several minutes - longer at times. They are not panic attacks though. I have seen my GP and a consultant about them, and has spent itme in hospital and out being monitored. However, despite having these for a few years now, they have concluded that there is no abnormality discovered and tthat it is just the way my body is. Whilst things like stress and alcohol can make it worse, it isn't the cause - cause is unknown. And it isn't panic, as I mentioned before.
But it also isn't harmful, The consultant said my heart could keep that speed up (rises to around 250bpm, and even almost 300 beats a minute at times!!!) for several hours - around 2 days before it was be serious to my heart.
However, I would go and see your GP. Have it investigated to rule out anything more serious, but also don't be suprised if they find nothing - other than some form of tachycardia or arrythemia that isn't a concern to them.
Forget to say - with mine I don't feel breathless with them. If they last a long time it can make me a little dizzy/faint, and the pounding can become uncomfortable.. And it can make me feel very tired for a good while afterwards.
If just for a very short time then it is unlikely for you to feel dizzy or faint I should think - as it is over almost as quick as it starts, and your body doesn't have time to react to it. I only get faint/dizzy after a few minutes of it.