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My heart skips every third or fourth beat. I had quadruple

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my heart skips every third or fourth beat. I had quadruple by pass 15 years ago. I saw my cardiologist 4 weeks ago he took an ekg and there were no changes. I discussed the shipped beats and he told me to take 12.5 m of carvedilol in the morning instead of 6.25and 6.25 at nigth and he told me to take a magnesium supplement. Should I be concerned? Is the afib?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.
Hi there, I understand your concern. Skipping beat at regularity of 3rd or 4th beat is not likely a fib. Afib causes a completely irregular rhythm. And heart rate often goes above 100 during the run. This is likely ventricular trigemini --a benign arrhythmia. So nothing to worry about Carvedilol dose should help --the dose can be increased if needed. However, a holter monitoring also should be planned to capture the heart rhythm during these episodes for confirmation. Best wishes, It was my pleasure to help you today. I am Dr Basu experienced in Metabolic Diseases.If I have answered all your questions, Please rate my response Excellent (click on the 5 stars).Please bookmark my profile for asking further questions! This is the link to my profile: http://www.justanswer.com/medical/expert-mysticdoc/