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    Worried about ectopics

    have had palpitations since I was 11 or 12 or so . Never had any reason for them other than anxiety . I have had a 72 hour monitor , a 24 hour monitor, an echo , a stress test , dozens of ECGs and all normal except for sinus tachycardia , PVCs and PACs (apparently more of the latter) . GP says these are totally normal .

    I find them terrifying as Iím scared with each time Iíll collapse. I have gradually stopped doing anything that triggers them . I avoid laughing , exercising, big meals . Even just standing up and walking to the toilet . Anything that causes adrenaline or an increase in my heart rate I find I get another one and I panic .

    Iíve had short runs of 3-5 before . Most recent a fortnight or so ago, 111 sent an ambulance round who said normal ecg and no worries.

    My first panic attack was in a building with a defib and I think itís become an obsession . A relative of mine got told he has inherited condition too and thatís frightened me as well . Cardiologist told me they arenít concerned as my tests normal . But online it says that condition needs an MRI (ARVC)

    Iím aware a major part of the problem is anxiety and possibly Iím not fit enough with having stopped exercise but I am spending 24/7 panicking . I donít know how to reassure myself . Iím hardly living now because Iím so scared 24/7 :-(

    If thereís any reassurance at all would really appreciate it :-(
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    Re: Worried about ectopics

    Have you received any treatment for your anxiety at all? I think this would be a logical next step.

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    Re: Worried about ectopics

    I have , but years and years ago . Iím on mirtazapine , just started a week ago - but have had a lot of therapy in the past . Various events triggered it all back off .

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    Re: Worried about ectopics

    It might be worth looking into talking therapies just to help top up your coping strategies - I tend to find I need therapy every so often just to keep me properly functional. Bear in mind that the mirtazapine may take a while to work, too.

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    Re: Worried about ectopics

    Hi Daisy,

    Iíve had a very similar experience to you. Very much heart rate/rhythm focused anxiety.

    Iíve had all sorts of tests like you with only anxiety diagnosed. Lots of PVCís caught on ecgs but never has a doctor been concerned.

    The ectopics were probably my big worry to start with as I had never had them before. The only thing I can tell you to try and ease the worry is that I found if I donít think about them for an extended period of time, they disappear. I actually had a week without them while I was relatively calm.

    I was where you are right now and I promise you it will ease. Iím still nowhere near back to my old self but am starting to see light at the end of the tunnel and you will too.

    Cheers,

    Al

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