bigeminy after viral myocarditis, Please help.

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NewDrew
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   Posted 5/22/2011 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I have had a constant bigeminy heart rhythm, with 40k+ missed beats a day since the end of March. It was diagnosed as being caused from a viral heart infection. The cardiologist did an echocardiogram stress test, prescribe 25mg/day of Metoprolol and said come back in a month. It was a very hard month. Constant missed beats, headaches dizziness and angina. I had to work through all of this discomfort to support my family.

Went back to the cardiologist for the follow up, he said nothing other then to come back in 2 months for another echo-stress test and that I should see my regular doctor for tests for possible non-cardiac causes.

I saw my internist for thyroid, adrenal gland and autoimmune tests. Everything came back normal. I don't understand what I should be asking the doctors to do. Will my heart heal from the damage from infection or is it permanent?

I was a calm and collected 42yro engineer with no health issues other then slight hypertension and 5-10# over weight. Any advice or information would be greatly appreciated.

Post Edited (NewDrew) : 5/22/2011 7:15:04 PM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 5/23/2011 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Drew and welcome to HealingWell. 
 
Generally,  I would agree with your cardiologist.  PVCs in bigeminy is not usually a dangerous or life threatening situation.  To call them harmless may be a bit of simplefication,  they are causing you stress.
 
You are on a beta blocker, Metoprolol, which is often the first drug of choice.  Your Cardiologist may want to switch to a different beta blocker at your next appointment.
 
You might also consider seeing another Cardiologist for a second opinion.
 
Remember if your having any change in your sx the ER is open 24/7.  I hope this helps some.
 
Anxiety can also cause PVCs. 
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NewDrew
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   Posted 5/24/2011 11:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the reply. My internist and cardiologist both claim that I might need ablation. Is it bad for the ventricle to have this many missed beats? Can it prematurely wear out or become enlarged?

stkitt
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   Posted 5/25/2011 8:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning Drew,
 
Assessment and treatment of PVCs is challenging and complex. The significance of PVCs is interpreted in the context of the underlying cardiac condition.
 
Ventricular ectopy leading to ventricular tachycardia (VT), which, in turn, can degenerate into ventricular fibrillation, is the concern with ventricular PVCs. 
 
To the best of my knowledge, an enlarged heart can cause PVCs.  I have not heard of PVCs causing an enlarged heart by themselves. Good question for your Dr.
 
Gentle hugs and may healing thoughts.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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NewDrew
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   Posted 5/31/2011 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctors office called today to inform me that my vitamin B12 was low, very low and that I need injections. I have been feeling numbness in my extremities and that is why they checked the B12. Could this cause the PVC's?

Post Edited (NewDrew) : 5/31/2011 11:01:33 PM (GMT-6)

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