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08 Jul 2005

Irregular heartbeat
My Mom is 49 and has never smoked.
She is in reasonably good health.
For the last couple of years every so often she has been getting an "attack" of irregular heart beats.
They speed up and beat very fast and out of sink. This results in her getting extremely tired.
She has been to two cardiologists who cannot find anything wrong. They say her heart is in good health and her thyroid etc is also fine. The problem is when they do the ECG then her heart is beating normally. She has one reading where it was beating irregularly but they have no idea what it is and have told her to come back when it happens to measure. They say it is probably stress. They have given her beta blockers and a warfarin generic. my mother is very stressed so this is not impossible. My concern is the other day it started in the afternoon and continued through out the night. She also said that she had chest pain and pain in her arm and her back but then the following morning she was fine..Should we send her for a third opinion?
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CyberDoc
CyberDoc

01 Jan 0001

Monique, it sounds like it might be due to atrial fibrillation and the best would be for her to see a cardiologist and probably to have a holter (24 hour) ECG done. Good luck.
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