I am ok to wait but am a little disappointed because this is the third time this has happened in about 6 months, and I am paying monthly for this service...and I am not asking terribly difficult questions so I so not know what the problem is?
I am a little surprised as your status always says "Cardiologists are online" - if they have been online since I posted the question, why can they not answer? I am growing increasingly disappointed with this service. As I pay monthly for this service to have access to advice at any time, I expect to get a reply. So I will continue to wait for an actual reply, please do not send me another message saying you couldn't find an expert. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Hello, We will continue to look for a Professional to assist you.
Thank you for your patience, Shantal
Mostly feeling of a missed beat (a longer gap between beats) followed by one or more "thumps", followed by "pauses" and thumps etc. with a few relly fast beats in between. It started off with the missed beats and thumps for around 10 minutes, then for about 10 minutes just fast beats with an odd missed beat and a thump, and after that it calmed down I haven't had any major "episodes" other than maybe the odd missed beat a couple of times over the last few days (which is fairly "normal" for me). Hope that helps.
No, no pain. Just feeling faint and light-headed and out of breath.
Thank you for your reply. I have to say I am more worried now, as I've tried to put it down to the "usual". I wish you could have answered sooner, when I originally posted this question, as now we're into the weekend and the GP surgery is closed. In your opinion would it be ok for me to wait until Monday or should I seek advice sooner? Also, what could this type of arrhythmia cause?
I'm sorry to bother you again, just a quick question, should this happen again, while I wait for assistance, is there anything I can do to help myself? I've heard that for atrial fibrillation (which I think is the term the GP used for my night time flutters) you can squat or hold your breath to put pressure on the heart so it can re-set itself, and I also read that coughing can help - are any of these true and would they make a difference?
Thank you very very much. I've read up a little about all the medical terms you have used as I was not familiar with them, and I still have some further questions (I will pay for this further advice as for a new question!).
When I mentioned there were period of fast heart beat, I do not think they went over 100bpm, they felt more like raised pulse due to worry/stress - my pulse was not as fast as during the "flutters" in the past - if that makes a difference. But the "thumps" were definitely different, in that I'd never had more than 3 consecutive thumps in a row, and this lasted a long time.
My further question is what could cause my heart to have behaved in such a manner, and what would be the possible treatment? Also, if this was (so far - and let's hope it stays this way!) a one-off occurrence, would an ECG show anything? I realise these are all questions I can ask my GP on Monday, but feeling slightly anxious about it right now, I would like to ask you, as you seem to have a more extensive knowledge. Once again thank you so much for your help.