Submitted by Dr T on September 4, 2012 – 8:54am
I have been having an occasional irregular heartbeat in the past, it started in march. I have occasional pac’s, they seem to come on during times of high stress or extreme physical exertion. I am a firefighter/paramedic and I notice them mostly when I work a house fire but at times they come during my training. I have no pain with them.I have seen a cardiologist and had an echo and 12 lead done. The echo cardiogram came back normal according the the cardiologist. my 12 lead says that I had an anterior septal infarct (old). My cardiologist says that I have nothing to worry about and that pac’s happen to some people for no reason. I guess i just feel uneasy about these since they kind of started out of the blue and they come so infrequently.Do I have anything to worry about with these, could they be a sign of something else?
Have these PACs been confirmed? As a paramedic you must know that extra heart beats in somebody with an otherwise normal heart are harmless. Things to check:
If the answers are negative, I’d agree with your cardiologist that you have nothing to worry about..
Hope this helps,