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Montysgirl
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   Posted 2/16/2010 6:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been experiencing PVC's for years.  I'm 47 and about 10 years ago I had several studies done which all came back normal.  I just recently had an echo, Holter monitor and several EKG's which all came back normal.  I was put on Toprol XL 25 mg twice a day about two years ago and I haven't had any PVC's at all.  Until now.  I had an episode about a month ago that lasted a week and went away and now they came back again a week ago.  I get them about every 5 minutes to one per hour or sometimes even more.  Some are mild, some are very strong and I feel every one of them.  Now my doctor wants to increase my Toprol to 50 mg twice a day and if they don't go away in two weeks, I need to have a stress test.  She said she wants to make sure there's nothing wrong with the vessels in my heart.  Now I'm worried about some serious condition that could be causing this.  I guess I thought PVC's were benign and since I've had them before and they've always gone away, I didn't worry too much.  Should I be worried? 

stkitt
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   Posted 2/17/2010 10:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there,


I think you have a wise Physician who is playing it on the save side by increasing your med and wanting to do tests. I would just go with it and try not to overthink it.



There are some great threads in the forum re PVCs and irregular heartbeats. I hope you read through the posts and find some comfort.



A warm welcome to you, Montysgirl! :-)



Gentle Hugs,

Kitt

Montysgirl
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   Posted 2/17/2010 11:12 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you so much for your reply.  I'm already feeling a difference with this increased dose of Toprol.  I just wish I knew what triggered these things.  I'll also check out the other threads on PVC's and irregular heart beats. 

Thanks also for the warm welcome, I really appreciate it! smile


cvc
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   Posted 2/23/2010 4:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I had them about 10 yrs ago and went thru all the tests, same results as you. I quit caffine, no chocolate etc, never had another problem with them !

will be 50 years old this year ( 2009 )
 
Uro said enlarged prostate 
 
DRE Negitive
 
Psa  2003- .55
 
     2007 - .99
 
     2008 -  1.01
 
watchfull worrier , lol


Paddy 1
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   Posted 2/24/2010 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Did you say one pvc every 5 minutes, or one per hour, sometimes more ?  ...Because if that's the case, being on a beta blocker,... ( unless you also have high blood pressure)... is complete overkill. ....Again, only if there's nothing else going on.

Carly18
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   Posted 3/12/2010 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Paddy about the overkill. I have had pvc's for over 26 years and I have only taken medicine when I have issues with them. I have had them disappear for months and even up to a year at times but they always come back and I had a doctor tell me that's just what happens. I don't think they know why or where they come from but that everyone has them that just most people don't feel them and that the ones who do are usually under some stress or have anxiety issues or are more in tune with their bodies. I have a hard time thinking that what I feel no one else would feel. Any additional tests that your doctor may order would probably rest your mind though, I know when I get these and go to the doctor to confirm everything is alright they usually settle down afterwards. Good luck and I hope you're feeling better.

siobhan
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   Posted 4/5/2010 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a 38 year old female with pvcs for the past 5 years. They are absolutely horrifying, and learning to live with them is very difficult. I take propranolol for them and for sinus tachycardia. I have recently found that low dose lorazepam helps some. But my doctor won't keep me on it. I am unable to sleep much because to lay on my back or left side or even propped half-up aggravates the pvcs drastically. I can get some rest on my right side. I canno't tolerate any alcohol, and I am recently finding wheat and gluten to be a problem. I can only eat tiny ammounts of food at a time, otherwise the pvcs will go nuts. I am terrified by these things even though doctors say they are benign.

I have found that meditation to be very calming and helpful. I will put soft, calming music in the background, dim the lights, light a candle, and sit in lotus position and meditate for 15-20 minutes. Meditative prayer is also helpful sometimes. I go to the gym every day and do 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of light weight training. I've been told that this is very important, although sometimes I think the pvcs are aggravated afterward. I use cod liver oil and co-enzyme Q10 and other nutritional supplements as well. anyway, I am grateful to have found this forum, and it is comforting to know that I am not the only one suffering.

stkitt
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   Posted 4/6/2010 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell. It does sound like you have chronic PVC's and I can understand why you would feel frightened. Wondering if you would do better on a different beta blocker or medication other then the Inderal?



It sounds like you are doing everything you can to try to keep your anxiety under control but perhaps a second opinion from a different cardiologist is needed here.



I agree meditation is a wonderful way to bring your anxiety level down and your exercise program sounds right on.



Do keep talking with us and know we care.



Gentle Hugs,



Kitt
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