Relentless skipped beats – 1 month and counting

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Submitted by Dr T on January 4, 2013 – 11:04am

Question: 
I am a 46 year old male, overweight, CEO of a company.  I generally exercise 2-3 times a week.  I have suffered skipped beats on and off over the past 10 years, had them checked out, done a few treadmill tests, etc – nothing abnormal.But a month ago the skipped beats entered a new phase in that they were just relentless.  Meaning pretty much all the time.  It’s worse at night when I am lying down – usually every 30 beats or so will skip.  During the day it’s probably more like every 100 to 200 beats.  But it’s been literally never ending.  Yesterday I exercised pretty hard with a trainer and the skipped beats did not subside whatsoever.  I’ve learned to live with it, but I have to wonder: why the heck is this happening?  And should I be concerned that it is so frequent and ongoing? 

Hi Adam,
Any change in your heart rhythm such as what is happening with you needs to be investigated, even if you skipped beats for many years. It requires testing all over again.
Arrhythmias may be caused by many different factors, including Coronary artery disease(CAD). Therefore you should check your risks for CAD and see your doctor:
Hope this helps,
Dr T

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