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Denise wrote at 2014-04-25 16:05:00
I'm NOT a smoker and this is my 14th day with a Holter monitor after experiencing episodes as you describe, but for a day and a half the first time (every few minutes to several times an hour), then a day long episode about a month and a half later. I don't feel pain or dizziness, not light-headed or weak. No other real symptoms besides the feeling in my chest that I describe more as a sinking type feeling, and the missed beats. I checked the pulse during the incidents and noticed when I felt the sinking feeling, I was missing a beat. I'm a very healthy female, turning 50 this year. Exercise daily, eat well, 5'6" 138 pounds. After wearing this Holter for 2 weeks, there was no episode (the two that I've had gave no warning and came out of the blue). I read up and see that it's not that uncommon for missed beats, but I started worrying about maybe plaque breaking off and lodging somewhere causing this? Very worrisome!

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Tammy McCauley RN, BSN.


Cardiology is extremely interesting to me. It encompasses a wide variety of conditions including and not limited to atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, heart attack, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Ventricular tachycardia, heart disease. Also procedures including cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology with ablations of heart arrythmias. I have a broad knowledge base and have been in the nursing field for 11 years. If I do not know the answer to your question. I will find out!


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