Hello everyone, I've got PVC's and am looking for reassurance

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/9/2009 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I was finally diagnosed with PVC's in Dec after a couple were caught on the monitor.  I went because I had been having them off and on since the beginning of Nov.  Well, after my little ER visit, they went away.  However, they came back at the beginning of Jan (right before school started) and are back again now with a vengeance.  I'm scared.  I had an EKG done, had an echo done a couple of years ago (my dr was fine with this) and wore a 24hf holter monitor in Dec.  Everything came back fine.  They did find that I am slightly hyperthyroid (my dr doesn't think it's enough to cause the palps) and I'm anemic.  I was supposed to go back at the end of Jan for follow up bloodwork on the thyroid and anemia, but lost my insurance.
Anyhow, these things are back, they started up on Friday and became almost constant Friday night and all day Sat, then they slowed down a bit, were there yesterday, and today so far seems like it's going to be like yesterday.  I keep thinking that there's something majorly wrong with me, even though the ER doc and my doc said everything is fine.
My instructor (I'm in my last semester of nursing school) is a cardiac nurse told me that she also thinks I have nothing to worry about and she said that it's more than likely my thyroid causing these, along with the stress of school added on to it.  She said that I always seem really jumpy and kind of anxious and just high strung, which makes her believe it's all the thyroid.  I have had a lot of stress in the past year and a half.  My husband committed suicide July '07, started nursing school the following month, my ex mil took me to court (long story), my dear grandpap died Sept '08 from what they think was a sudden massive heart attack, and now the neverending stress of school.
I've had these starting after my first dd was born 6 years ago.  Then they went away.  Then they came back when I was pg with dd#2, went to the ER, found out my potassium was low, given a one time oral supplement, they went away, then started back up this past Nov and have been coming and going.  I'm almost beginning to wonder if they aren't also affected by my hormones (menstrual cycle).  The flare ups seem to correlate with my cycle.
I don't know, I guess I'm just looking for reassurance here.  I don't want to go to the ER again, because I'm sure they'll just tell me the same thing, "don't worry!" and I don't want to be stuck with a massive bill only to be told don't worry.  NOT that I want there to be something wrong with me, but you know what I'm getting at.  :)    Do they come and go like this?  Can they last for a couple days and then go away?  Is that normal for these things?  The other thing I've noticed that for the most part, when I'm sitting, I won't have them, or maybe one or two, but as soon as I get up, here they come.  Then when I'm standing and doing something, I won't notice any.  I'm beginning to think I have heart failure or something!  I'm just really nervous.
Thanks for your help/advice!

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   Posted 2/9/2009 12:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I can reassure you a million times that you are fine but hyperthyroid causes anxiety and palps, my thyroid was hyper a few months ago and it was horrible, I took a beta blocker for the palps and felt much better, actually I took a beta blocker and an ARB to control blood pressure fluctuations and palps, did you check your pressure, I also feel like I am panicking when my pressure goes up, I was taking to much Synthroid, please go to an Endo or any doctor and get some treatment, it takes a while to get better, but rest assured these can be caused by a hyper thyroid, my doctor told me they can be caused by a hyper thyroid but not so bad, as soon as I got my thyroid levels normal I felt much better

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   Posted 2/12/2009 12:08 AM (GMT -6)   



Same thing w me!  These things come & go..in cycles!  I get a lot of PACs..AND SVT..scary as all hell!  NOW..today...I've been getting them..AGAIN...for last few days-

 Last yr..at this exact time of the year..i had my "event monitor"..on--AND..my heart was on its .."best behavior"!  I have had nu,erous "event monitors" on..& they were "caught"!

My cardiologist in Philly AND a nationally reknowned EP...Cardio..here in Bevely Hills--always reassure me---i'll be.OK..!  NOTHING to worry about!   I WANT them to be right--BUT--they are scary as hell...aren't they!

------ALSO--i notice when i'm getting them..i'm usually feeling..very fatigued...& drained!  Do YOU feel that way--too?  Get back--these things are driving me..NUTS!   Robert


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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 2/13/2009 6:06 PM (GMT -6)   

Well, the stupid things are still going on, a week later.  They do seem like they are starting to lessen, though.  I thought they were almost gone yesterday, but, stupid me, I had some pop, and they came back.  I'm just glad they aren't like they were last Saturday.  That was the worst. 

I do feel tired when I get them, but I think it's more my anxiety over having them and worrying about them that tires me out.  I know that since they've started to ease up, I've not been so extrordinarily anxious, and not as tired as I was.  I just hate them.  I'm waiting to get some papers from a clinic here so that I can get my thyroid levels checked since I lost my insurance.  My nursing instructor (cardiac nurse) is convinced that's what's causing my heart to act up, along with the stress of my final semester of nursing school, etc.

Oh well, hopefully they'll go away in a few days.  I just hate how they freak me out so much.  I've been trying as hard as I can to ignore them when I have one.  I'm just grateful that I don't get as many as some people do.  My mom told me that she would have them so bad that every other heartbeat was a PVC.  I don't know if she meant that, or if she was just trying to get me to relax! LOL!

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 3/30/2009 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Catlvr, She probably wasn't kidding about that. I go through spells too where I will have one every 4th or 5th heartbeat, especially while standing. They are scary. I can go months without them then they might com back for an hour or a week. I wish I knew how to control them. I had an echo done about 6 months ago and everything was ok so I guess I won't worry too much about them although thats hard to do when they are going on.
Crohns 30 years. Ileostomy for 15 years. Symptom free for 14 years until 8 months ago. Now on Remicade, Flagyl, B-12 injections and iron. Feeling much better!
God Bless. Tony

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Date Joined Dec 2008
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   Posted 3/30/2009 3:44 PM (GMT -6)   

Hey, guys! I suffer from "missed beats" too. I had a 30 day heart monitor put on in November. I was told I had some very fast heart beats. Duh...my main thing is my heart feels like it's fluttering. I'm now taking 75 mg. of a beta blocker, Toprol. It helps but I still get the fluttering sensation. I can get them all day or just a few a day. They scare the heck out of me, too, and that seems to make them worse.

You must give up sugar and caffeine as these things make them worse. Exercise makes mine worse, too, though exercise can make some people's palpitations better. Practice a relaxation technique and try to cut down the stress.

Anxiety Disorder/Mitral Valve Prolapse
40 mg Prozac, Toprol 75 mg and occasionally Ativan

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