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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 12/28/2008 4:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,
My name is Stephen and I'm new to the forum. Im a 26 year old male with a large amount of diagnosed premature ventricular contractions. The reason I am here is because of large concern I have about several episodes I have had in which my heart randomly will start beating extremely erratically for 5-30 seconds without any normal rhythm. I've had it where it seems many PVC's are happening in a row over and over and my heart is having a hard time getting back to normal and I have also had it to where I can feel one of the chambers of my heart randomly start beating extremely fast out of sync with the other and it lasts for a few seconds. I have noticed that the "many pvcs in a row" episodes are triggered more so in moments of immediate extreme anxiety/adrenaline and I have noticed that the"one chamber beats extremely fast for a few seconds" episode are triggered whenever, even while sitting alone at peace. I'm a professional touring musician/recording artist and I play shows about 200 nights of the year around the world. I have no problem playing in front of large crowds every night but Tonight I played in my band members wedding in front of many friends and family and to make a long story short, there was a very chaotic and stressful moment where things were going wrong (mic wasnt on after groomsmen missed their cue to come in) and At this point my heart started having continuous, extreme pvc's that lasted straight for about 30 seconds or more without any normal beating during. While focusing completely on trying to sing I could feel what was happening and was wondering while singing to the audience waiting for the bride if I was going to drop dead. Earlier this past summer while touring in Europe one of my closest friends started yelling at me to an extreme degree without any warning and my heart started doing the exact same thing where I had to stop the conversation for about a minute while I breathed in heavily all the while feeling my heart beat erratically trying to get back on rhythm.

A year and a half ago i went to the cardiologist, told him what I had been dealing with (before these specific episodes) and I wore a haltor monitor for several days. The test came back that I had a large amount of frequent PVCS and a few random PACS. However, during this test, i did not have an "eratic constant crazy heart" episode like what Im explaining above. I did a stress test as well as a sonogram type procedure of my heart which showed to be normal. As far as I can gather on what Ive researched, what Im explaining sounds nearly right on with Idiopathic Ventricular Tachycardia as well as at points Ventricular Fibrillation. If anyone could give me any feedback this would be greatly, greatly appreciated as I desperately need it.

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   Posted 12/28/2008 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello and Welcome to the forum,

When you saw the physician did he give you any medication for freq PVC with short runs of V-Tach?

If all your  tests showed no structural heart disease, then your PVC's would be termed "benign." Additionally, you should avoid alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, and stress because all these can precipitate PVC's. Generally, it's thought that < 10 PVC's per minute is normal and does not indicate further testing is necessary. Many patients with PVC's perceive they are having multiple PVC's in a row when in reality, they are not. Thus, the only way to determine the frequency of your PVC's is for you to wear a portable Holter monitor that will continuously document your heart rhythm

I would suggest you see your Cardiologist again as >10 PVCs per minute should be evaluated.
If you feel you are in danger healthwise do call 911.
Take care

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/6/2009 2:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Stephen,
I read your post and experience similar symptoms as yours. I was just wondering if you have found out any further information or how your condition is presently.


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   Posted 1/22/2010 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Edit:  17. No duplicate posts.
This very same post is in GERD and here in response to another member.

Post Edited By Moderator (stkitt) : 1/22/2010 4:52:46 PM (GMT-7)

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