Our expert says:
You clearly have an intermittently irregular pulse. Whilst your description does suggest a particular type of irregularity, a firm diagnosis cannot be made without ECG confirmation. The problem often is that the irregularity does not conveniently appear when you are the doctors rooms having an ECG, so a random, resting ECG may appear totally normal, but the irregularity reappears the next day or night again.
The solution to this is to go not to a GP, but to a specialist cardiologist. Here, more specialised tests can be done, in particular, a Holter monitor can be used. This is a small mobile ECG which you wear for 24-48 hours: this constantly monitors your ECG, and the readings can then be analysed by the cardiologist afterwards. Any irregularities re thus captured on record for analysis, and the appropriate treatment can be given.
This does not sound like a life-threatening condition, but it does need to be diagnosed and monitored, as some forms of pulse irregularities are know to degenerate over time into conditions which may need pacemakers or other forms of treatment.
Please arrange for a referral to a cardiologist as soon as possible. In the meantime, yes, do try to “be calm” to minimise the effects of anxiety, and, if you are a smoker, STOP IMMEDIATELY, because smoking worsens this condition.
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