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The past few days, maybe two or three times a day I have noticed that my heart will kind of seem to pause and then beat forcefully for a few beats. It makes it hard to breath when it happens and I have to stop and think about what just happened. Has anyone experiance this before?

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Those are premature ventricular contractions, or PVCs. They often occur when your heart is overstimulated. They're not dangerous unless they're sustained for a long period (beyond a few beats), in which case they can turn into venticular tachyardia.

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I second what jsb said. I just had an event monitor again for another month. I have PAC, PVC's and what you just described as non-sustained ventricular tachcyardia. To me it feels like a short flutter and it makes me cough or unable to breath for the few seconds that it's fluttering.

You should talk to your cardiologist about it. He/she might suggest an event monitor to see what your heart is doing.

steph

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I get the same thing, and I would describe the sensation just as Briarrose did. My event recorder showed many PACs, a few PVC, and plain 'ol sinus tach - all benign in the context of a structurally normal heart. Apparently, everyone gets these ectopic beats from time to time. Some of us are just unlucky enough to 1) get them more frequently and/or 2) feel every gosh-darn one of them!

If you're at all concerned, best to get a 30-day event monitor and try to capture one of the episodes. The doc will then be able to tell you for sure what sort of arrhythmia you're having. But if I were a betting woman, I'd lay money that you're getting a string of PACs or PVCs - very uncomfortable and scary, but essentially harmless.

Good luck!

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Aprilmarie

Ditto to above. Expect to have more of them as your pregnancy progresses. Most pregnant women WITHOUT POTS have PACs and PVCs during pregnancy. I had a lot during my pregnancy, and I would think most pregnant POTS patients would notice more of them than non-POTS patients would.

I know it is disturbing/frightening. Unless you have a long sustained run of them (lasting minutes or longer), it is absolutely nothing to worry about. Keeping well-hydrated, I found, helped to reduce the frequency.

I agree that an event monitor would be helpful if only to calm any concerns you have.

Katherine

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I get these on a daily basis. Several times a day to almost all day long. Sometimes worse than others. They scare the crap out of me even though I have had them for almost 20 yrs. Sometimes they even make me feel faint and unable to breath. I find that they are worse around my period, when I am stressed or tired and if I get too hot. Hope this helps. Try not to worry too much and go ahead and get an event recorder. Maybe it will ease your mind some. :)

Danelle

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I would say as well that it sounds like PVC's. I had them all through my pregnancy and especially towards the end- mostly when I was lying down. It wouldn't hurt to talk with your doc about it, but mostly likely it's nothing to be concerned about. Keep up the fluids- it helps a lot!!

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