PVC's/palpitations literally taking over my life.

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   Posted 3/31/2011 1:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I've just recently joined this forum and read some of the posts regarding the issue at hand ( pvc/palpitations) and I am greatful to all of you who took the time to discuss these issues which calmed me down somewhat. I am 46 yeard old male which have suffered from PVC/palpitations for a long time. I would experience maybe 2-3 for few days then they'd disappear for years then again they'd come back on and off. They were very few during all these years and there had been years in between where I wont have any. For the past for months They have increased quite a bit. I'd have few daily every day. For the past 3 weeks I had so many that I went to the ER 4 times. They did EKg, bllod work and told me to go home. Last week I started having so many that I went to the ER and demanded that I be admitted for further evaluation.  I stayed over night and the next day I had Stress Test done. The results were normal. I had a holter monitor for 48 hours. I went to see a cardiologist and he told me that my heart muscles were strong and that I had nothing to worry about. He said no further tests are needed. He gave me some XANAX to relax me. Foe the past week I have not had any PVC's (at least I did not notice them). But tonight I'm having so many of them that I can barely type. It is interesting that most of them are happening at night. I can't sleep. My mind is constantly occupiedwith these PVC. I'm confined in my house because I'm afraid to be around people while having these attacks. Am I alone with such a fear? Is there anything else to be done as far as medical tests? Your responses are appreciated. My apology for making this long.

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   Posted 4/4/2011 8:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I am 38 yr old female. I can relate to you some. I have had PVC's for the past few years. I also went through a stress test and a holter monitor which I had to wear for a month. All came back fine! The past week I have had them everday sometimes 4-5 times that I can feel them. I understand your fear. My Cardiologist told me not to worry, it sure is easy for him to say. I am calling a new one today just for a peace of mind. I haven't been to my Cardiologist for a couple years.

I would say trust in your Cardiologist! Also, did your Cardiologist mention a Beta Blocker?

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   Posted 4/4/2011 9:09 AM (GMT -6)   

Heart palpitations can be caused by anxiety, stress, fear and many other things.

Reducing stress and anxiety can help lessen your heart palpitations. Try breathing exercises or deep relaxation (a step-by-step process of tensing and then relaxing every muscle group in your body) at the time of your heartbeat sensations. Also, consider practicing yoga on a regular basis to reduce the frequency of your palpitations. Once a serious cause has been ruled out by your doctor, try NOT to pay attention to heart palpitations, unless you notice a sudden increase or a change in them.

Eliminating common contraction triggers — such as caffeine or tobacco — can decrease the frequency and severity of your symptoms.
Beta blockers — which are often used to treat high blood pressure and heart disease — 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 ventricular tachycardia or very frequent premature ventricular contractions that impair your heart's function, causing severe symptoms. You did post that your Cardiologist did not find any sx of heart disease.
We have a 43 year old member who posted, " I'm talking days of them, 10,000 - 30,000 a day (holter monitor showed this). You will find this thread at the following link:
Post by member, MzPam.
I hope this gives you some reassurance.
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