Q. I experience heart palpitations and skipped beat. Do I need medicine?

Answered by
Dr. Ilir Sharka
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 01, 2018

Hello doctor,

I am 22 years old. I experience heart palpitations with a skipped beat for three years. When I exercise (run), I experience heart palpitations and I cannot breathe freely and naturally (exercise intolerance). I consulted a cardiologist and he says nothing is wrong with my health. After taking echo, I noticed mitral valve prolapse in that echo but he says it does not require treatment but I do not know whether my problem is due to this mitral valve prolapse. Should I take any medicine? How to cure it?

Dr. Ilir Sharka

Cardiology
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Your symptoms could be related to anxiety. I agree with your doctor that mitral valve prolapse is not a serious medical disorder. Anyway, it can trigger ectopic heart beats especially during straining physical activity.

Anyway, if the problem persists, I would recommend performing an ambulatory 24 to 48 hours ECG monitoring and some blood lab tests.

  1. Complete blood count for anemia.
  2. Thyroid hormone levels.
  3. Blood electrolytes for electrolyte imbalance.

If all these tests result normal, you should consider anxiety as the main cause of your complaints.

For more information consult a cardiologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/cardiologist


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