Anyone have PVC's that affect your daily life??????

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racheleb
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   Posted 7/25/2009 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
confused I am 38 years old and had a stent placement procedure done a little over a month ago due to a blockage.  Before and after this procedure I have suffered tremendously with what the doctor says is PVC's.  My symptoms include feeling our my heart skipping, heaviness in chest almost like asthmatic symptoms where is hard to breathe, chest discomfort, and occasional jaw pain, nausea, dizziness when standing.  They have tried a few different beta blockers which in return made my heart rate to low, causing my heart to skip more than what it was.  With all this said, I was wondering if there is anyone with similar symptoms that have any luck finding a medication or something to eliminate or reduce the symptoms so I can feel like a normal 38 year old again.

ncbabe
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   Posted 7/30/2009 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I am new to this forum.  I am a 32 year old female who has been diagnosed with sinus tachycardia and PVC's.  I am trying to decide what to do about all of this.  I have had sinus tachycardia since I was 19 years old.  I have had an electrophysiology study, the treadmill test, blood work, wore a event monitor for 30 days, and have also worn the 24 hour holtor monitors.  I have high blood pressure and have been tried on around 4 beta blockers, 1 type of calcium channel blocker, and am currently on Lisinopril.  My last round of visits with the cardiologist ended with him simply telling me if the sinus tachycardia started bothering me he would put me back on Cardizem for that and that if I was throwing the PVC's enough to bother me he would put me on something for them.  I don't know what to do because in fact it does all bother me pretty badly.  I started seeing the cardiologist at the age of 19 when all of this began due to my fears of my family history of heart disease which caused my grandmother to die of a massive heart attack, and my mother to have her first heart attack around my age. 
 
Any advise anyone can give is appreciated greatly.

racheleb
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   Posted 7/30/2009 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   

I totally understand your concern and frustration.  I too have a strong family history of heart disease.  My father passed away at 51 with heart disease and had a long line of it in his family.  My mother just had open heart surgery in March due to six blockages.  My cardiologist did the ekg's, stress test, etc..  Those all came back normal.  But I knew something had changed within my body, so I demanded they do a cardio cat scan.  They then found a blockage of what appeared to them about 40 to 50%.  With all the symptoms I was experiencing, I then asked them to do a heart cath, where they then determined my 40 to 50% blockage was 75%.

If you are experiencing back, jaw or arm pain at all, I would make them do a cardiac cat scan on you for starters.  If your cardiologist isn't hearing you, then find another one that will.  I am on my third cardiologist because of the fact they want to down play any symptoms I am having because of my age.


ncbabe
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   Posted 7/30/2009 4:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the information.  Yes in fact today has been horrible for me.  Around lunch time it all started up again with the sinus tachycardia, pvs, blood pressure rise, headache, pain at the inside edge of my shoulder blade, and a heaviness in my chest.  The cardio doc I am currently seeing does the whole down playing thing and I don't care for that to much.  I can't even walk on the treadmill for 5 minutes before they are making me get off because my heartrate is 178 bpm.  My old cardiologist I loved but when I requested him this last visit they said he was out on leave and they were not sure when he would be back.  He totally took all of my symptoms seriously and was the one who recommended the electrophysiology study to see if they could find what was causing the misfire and ablate the problem area.  On of the EMT at my work checked me over today and he said I was definitely in a bad rhythm but I feel like it is a waste of time to keep going to see him because I know it will be the same routine where i will were another monitor he will tell me that i do have the sinus tach and pvc but he doesn't think it is anything bad.  I did call today and ask them to switch me to the cardizem to see if that will do more for me.  My grandmother died at the age of 54.  As I told you before I am only 32 years old.  I have now had a total of 7 operations for various things most of which the doctors also felt I was to young to be having but no doctor wants to listen to me until things have progress to point that I can't function.  It is so frustrating.
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