SVTs - from holter monitor results anyone have?

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hazelnut86
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   Posted 1/25/2011 11:30 AM (GMT -7)   
i just wore a holter monitor for 48 hours and my doctor called and said it's bottom line normal sinus rhymn but what i'm feeling are pvcs and some 2 second SVTs.  he said that this is common in people feeling these "skipped beats".  he said just take the beta blocker i'm on and nothing else to do.  no need to see a cardiologist.  i feel worried though cause bfore i was told it was only anxiety.  now i feel like there could be another reason for my once in awhile racing heart and these skipped beats. 
anyone deal with this and what have you been told? 
 
ugh
 
 
 

CrohnieToo
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   Posted 1/26/2011 10:48 AM (GMT -7)   
SVTs are one of several forms of cardiac arrhythmias. SVT = supraventricular tachycardia.
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hazelnut86
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   Posted 1/26/2011 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
my doctor says i do not have an arrihthmia.  i asked him twice.  hmmmm.  he also said it's not brough on by stress or anxiety.  i read otherwise online in lots of places. 

CrohnieToo
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   Posted 1/26/2011 11:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I encountered several SVTs during a sleep study in 1996. Not enough to be concerned about. I don't even remember if we discovered any during a recent 30 day event monitor. IF I did, again, there weren't enough to be concerned about.

The 30 day event monitor did discover a few episodes of Atrial fibrillation. A 2010 sleep study revealed no SVTs but did report a few PACs.

If you would feel more comfortable having a cardiologist evaluate you and your results PUSH your family doctor for the referral (few cardiologists will see a new patient w/o a referral even if the patient's insurance doesn't require a referral).

Its your life. No one has a more vested interest in your health than you do. If you are going to be worrying and stessing about this then better you should see a cardiologist and let the cardiologist be the one to tell you whether they are a concern for your health or not.
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   Posted 1/26/2011 3:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hazel,
 
In general PVCs and PACs are not harmful.  If one could be considered more potentially dangerous I suppose it would have to be PVCs, which if present in persons with heart disease may indicate the need for treatment. I do not remember you having any dx of heart disease.
 
People, on average, with normal healthy hearts and benign PVC's/PAC's develop other serious conditions  no different from the public in general.  There is no data that individuals with PVCs or PACs are at higher risk for developing serious health problems. Remember I am not a physician. :-)
PVCs and PACs along with short runs of PACS are a type of arrhythmia to the best of my knowledge.  Occasional arrhythmias are normal.
 
Great input from CrohnieToo. Hope you can decrease your worries about the outcome of your Holter Monitor results.
 
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hazelnut86
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   Posted 1/26/2011 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
is a SVT a PAC?  the SVT is what i was concerned with. 
 
thanks kitt.

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   Posted 1/26/2011 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
SVT becomes a problem when it happens often, lasts a long time, or causes symptoms. SVT also is called paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) or paroxysmal atrial tachycardia (PAT). Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) is an occasional rapid heart rate. "Paroxysmal" means from time to time.

Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is any tachycardic rhythm originating above the ventricular tissue. Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of supraventricular tachycardia. Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia is most common among young people and is more unpleasant than dangerous. It is frequently observed in anxious young people and in those who are physically fatigued, consume large amounts of coffee, use alcohol or smoke heavily.

Supraventricular tachycardia is any tachycardic rhythm originating above the ventricular tissue. This is in contrast to the potentially deadlier ventricular tachycardias, which are rapid rhythms that originate within the ventricular tissue or atrioventricular (AV) node. Supra means above.
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