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Date Joined Jun 2010
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   Posted 7/1/2010 12:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I feel like a big baby, everyone says DON'T worry about them. SO much easier said than done. I ignored them for three years because everyone said they are nothing - but I wanted some peace of mind - so basically begged for a holter moniter. The result.........34,700 pvc's in a 24 hour period(28% of all my beats!). Echo was normal. Ekg said Right atrial enlargement ( which I guess is no big deal). I am taking metroprolol and have seen no significant improvement. I go see the Cardiologist next week. I am trying to gear up for what might be next. More tests??? Or advice of just go home and don't worry about them.?
Any one have experiences to share on what might lie ahead??


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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 7/1/2010 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear medic,

Hello and welcome to HealingWell. Beta blockers can suppress premature contractions. Other medications, such as calcium channel blockers, or anti-arrhythmic drugs, such as amiodarone, also may be used if you have very frequent premature ventricular contractions.

Metoprolol aka Lopresor is a beta blocker. There are many other beta blockers to choose from and your cardiologist may switch you to a different medication.

Atenolol, Inderal and Corgard are just a few other choices in this category.

You are not a big baby so please do not feel that you are. 34,700 PVCs in a 24 hour period is an impressive number.

Please know we are here to support you.



New Member

Date Joined Jun 2010
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   Posted 7/1/2010 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank You Kitt for your reply! It helps to know there are many others in the boat with me!

Regular Member

Date Joined May 2009
Total Posts : 241
   Posted 7/5/2010 11:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I usually post on the FM board, but saw your post about pvc's. I have 15,000 (15%) per day, so I know a little of how you feel. Do you feel yours? I can tell now when I am in bigeminy, but it doesn't bother me. As soon as I start moving around I don't feel them at all and mine do go away when my heart rate goes up.
That is great that your echo was normal, my first one showed an ejection fraction of 50% (a little low), but it has since returned to normal. Have you had a stress test? This was a good test to show the doctor if your pvc's stop when your heart rate increases. I also had a lot of blood tests, which I am sure you have had also. Be aware too that a lot of medications can affect your pvc's. I was on wellbutrin for fibro and it increased mine to 22,000 a day. Amrix, a muscle relaxer, made mine a lot stronger and it took three months before I couldn't feel them again.
My doctor wanted to do holters every six months for two years, a repeat echo after 18 months and then said he didn't need to see me for another two years! I do not take any medication for mine since they don't really bother me.
You are definitely not a baby if you were able to live with them for three years without knowing for sure!
Let us know what your doctor says this week!
Fibro dx 2004, RLS, raynauds
Ultracet, Robaxin, Neurontin, Lidoderm patch, Vit D, CoQ10, Mag

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