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So over the past few months I have experienced heart palpitations, I ignored it for a few months until one day I had 3 quite painful ones spanning over 30 seconds. I decided it was best to get it checked out and go to the GP, I got an ECG, blood pressure and an examination with a stethoscope.

The GP told me everything was fine with the ECG, nothing could be found suggesting anything bad and just to go on my way. I asked him what he thought the cause was and his reply "I'm a GP, I don't have an answer for everything"

Now I'm still getting heart palpitations every few days and to be honest, its concerning. Should I get my GP to conduct further examinations to rule out any arrhythmia? Or just let it continue and accept that everything is potentially all right?

(My palpitations are characterized by my heart speeding up, stopping and resulting in pressure on the left side of the chest, then returns to normal. Usually never involves pain)
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So over the past few months I have experienced heart palpitations, I ignored it for a few months until one day I had 3 quite painful ones spanning over 30 seconds. I decided it was best to get it checked out and go to the GP, I got an ECG, blood pressure and an examination with a stethoscope.

The GP told me everything was fine with the ECG, nothing could be found suggesting anything bad and just to go on my way. I asked him what he thought the cause was and his reply "I'm a GP, I don't have an answer for everything"

Now I'm still getting heart palpitations every few days and to be honest, its concerning. Should I get my GP to conduct further examinations to rule out any arrhythmia? Or just let it continue and accept that everything is potentially all right?

(My palpitations are characterized by my heart speeding up, stopping and resulting in pressure on the left side of the chest, then returns to normal. Usually never involves pain)
Try, in order of importance: cardiac event recorder, self-test pressure after palpitations (keep a log), and (if traced to high blood pressure or stress) propranolol.
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So over the past few months I have experienced heart palpitations, I ignored it for a few months until one day I had 3 quite painful ones spanning over 30 seconds. I decided it was best to get it checked out and go to the GP, I got an ECG, blood pressure and an examination with a stethoscope.

The GP told me everything was fine with the ECG, nothing could be found suggesting anything bad and just to go on my way. I asked him what he thought the cause was and his reply "I'm a GP, I don't have an answer for everything"

Now I'm still getting heart palpitations every few days and to be honest, its concerning. Should I get my GP to conduct further examinations to rule out any arrhythmia? Or just let it continue and accept that everything is potentially all right?

(My palpitations are characterized by my heart speeding up, stopping and resulting in pressure on the left side of the chest, then returns to normal. Usually never involves pain)
You should go back to your GP and explain your concerns. Your doctor should recommend a portable ECG, or holter monitor, which you can wear for 24 hours, and when you feel a palpitation you will press a button. The button will then tell the ECG to save the last however many minutes of recordings.

An ECG is likely to show no changes if you are not having the palpitations while it is recording and therefore if you want to know more about these palpitations this portable ECG is the next step.
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