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Date Joined Sep 2010
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   Posted 9/13/2010 4:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Everyone: 
I have been plagued with PVC's off/on for about 10 years.  No rhyme or reason to when they would come and go except I would always get them when I was extremely tired.  Never any pain. Before I hit menopause, I would have sworn it was homones and stress.   Saw a cardiologist, had the workup, everthing came out fine. 
I am on Metoprolol now and it seems to help.  about one week ago they started again during the day.   They never wake me up and once I go to sleep I sleep really well.  I am having stomach issues now and that seems to make them worse.  I love coffee but I am backing off on the caffeine now to see if that helps.  
I really enjoyed reading the postings.  I helps so much to know you are not alone. 

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 9/13/2010 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and Welcome,
Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) are extra, abnormal heartbeats that begin in one of your heart's two lower pumping chambers (ventricles). These extra beats disrupt your regular heart rhythm, sometimes causing you to feel a flip-flop or skipped beat in your chest. Premature ventricular contractions are very common — they occur in most people at some point.
Increased levels of adrenaline in the body, caused by caffeine, exercise or anxiety may bring on PVCs so cutting back on your caffeine is a good thing to try. 
I would like to suggest you check into your stomach problems too with your PCP.
I am glad to hear you are enjoying the forum.
I look forward to getting to know you better.
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