Patient Comments: Palpitations - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your palpitations?

Comment from: Mrs T, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I had an ablation in June of 2009. It took more than five hours and was unsuccessful. I am still having bad palpitations. I am due to see the doctor who carried out the procedure who has told me there is another procedure called balloon mapping. I do not want to go through that procedure while awake.

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Comment from: silviablum, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 29

I have had heart palpitations for about five years on and off. I have had tests run that show nothing. I just recently started getting them again, and it is so annoying. I feel it in my throat and chest. I can't say I have any pain but a slight tightness on my left side. It is really uncomfortable. I don't have high blood pressure, but I have cut out soda and limited caffeine. I'm going to the doctor tomorrow for a checkup and will bring up the palpitations again. I wish there was a quick fix.

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Comment from: cathy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I have had palpitations for more than nine years. I had all the tests and nothing showed up. I also get the left-sided stomach/rib pain. This pain comes about five minutes after the palps begin. I put it down to the food I have eaten because I can stop it by sitting on the toilet and trying to pass something, which stops them within five minutes. Thank God because they are yucky! I hate going to bed on a full stomach because you can guarantee a wake-up call from my heart!

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Comment from: ronnie14848, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: March 09

I have palpitations that always seem to be with a mild stomach pain just under my left front ribcage and below. When I get these, I drink a large glass of water and in nearly every case the palpitations stop. I have had this problem for 19 years, and at the age of 60, I take medication for high blood pressure. This problem has always included my digestive system in some way. Having a large meal causes palpitations, and when it appears the food has digested (say an hour), the palpitations stop. I do not smoke and very rarely drink. I have reduced my weight. It seems food and my stomach have a big impact on my condition, but the doctors seem to dismiss my claims.

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Comment from: RuthEllen, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 02

I had been complaining of palpitations since 2000. I had undergone several tests and it was determined that I had mitral valve prolapse. I was treated with a beta blocker, which seemed to work at the time. Six years later, I bent down to pick something up, and my heart raced to 250 bpm. It has been two years now and no problems. I had known things were getting worse. I was tired all the time, was getting short of breath, and every time I bent down for something and came back up, my heart would race.

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Published: July 08

Deep breathing exercises and rest really help. Sometimes I just lay down to calm myself during episodes of palpitations. I experience body weakness and my heart beats really fast. It happens all the time when I am nervous, or in a totally stressful situation. But a good rest solves it all.

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Comment from: Johnski, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: June 12

My Father has a heart condition called AS I'm not sure what that means. He is 83 years old and has had a pacemaker for 9 years. His pacemaker is making a strong clinking sound. He went to his heart doctor and they told him his heart is beating too fast and he has to go in the hospital for a couple of days to calm his heart down. I was wondering how they do this and is this serious?

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Comment from: john1, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 05

I suffered from palpitations for 2-3 years. I eventually was diagnosed with an arrythmia; they implanted a deliberator and prescribed medications. After 5 shocks (not fun), we decided to do a catheter ablation. What a difference. I have my life back. Anyone with an arrythmia should talk to their doctor about an ablation. It sure worked for me.

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