Shortness of breath from PVC's

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   Posted 5/26/2011 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had these PVC's on and off for many years but I'm noticing as I get older (63) that they make me feel very short of breath and only if I concentrate on deep in-and-out breathing does my breathing go back to normal.  I've been reading alot about natural therapies for a-fib and PAC's (pretty much the same thing I guess) that Yoga, certain breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques help and the breathing one certainly does for me....but it still comes back again.
Also, I've been on Troprol for blood pressure for many years but even though it was originally prescribed to help PAC's, the latest opinion is that they can actually cause or worsen them!  So now I'm concerned about continuing that med and might try to find something else.
The more I read, the more I find that with all the side effects of meds, natural remedies might be a better route to follow.

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   Posted 2/23/2012 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 59.. also have had pvc's for a very very long time.  Used to take the Toprol and it would keep them under control.  I have to admit, my stress/anxiety are over the top these past few years.  So along with the usual flip flop feeling, I now feel them more often, and get short of breath,.. the short of breath thing is not just a second or so, it lasts five or so minutes.  I also get light headed/ dizzy... I also (something new) have high blood pressure, so taking new meds for that.. I just feel tired and so frustrated.  On top of the anxiety/stress I have, I am stressed about thinking my heart is going to blow!!!.. I know how u feel.  Just had 2 EKG'S DONE, ECHO W/CONTRAST, and wore a holter.  All good, and bloodwork too.  They want me to do a stress test which is scaring me, cause I don't think I can do it.. I think I will have a heart attack trying to do it...

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   Posted 2/23/2012 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
You are having symptoms that could be caused by your heart or perhaps by anxiety.  If your Dr. wants you to have a stress test, don't you think you will feel better knowing that your heart is probably pretty healthy and it is the stress in your life causing the sx ?
If it is your heart then you Dr. could do intervention therapy if it is called for.
On the up side all your tests so far have been OK.  If you start to feel syptoms during a stress test nobody will make you finish the test.  :)
Think about doing the test and make the best decision for you.

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   Posted 4/23/2012 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Well anxiety took me to the ER. I woke up one morning, lots of PVC'S, Blood pressure went up, felt dizzy so I flew over to the the ER. They did EKG, BLOODWORK, CHEST XRAY.. watched my heart for a few hours and checked my oxygen level and sent me home saying it was a severe anxiety attack. So I know my anxiety plays a big part in my PVC'S.. So the Dr. wants to do a chemical stress test because of my bum knees and arthritis. I am so scared of this test. Wish all the tests that I have had so far, 3 EKGS, ECHO W/CONTRAST, WORE a 24 hr. holter and chest xray and bloodwork would be enough!!!

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   Posted 5/6/2012 7:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey everyone,

I've been having very similar experiences for the last year or so, but they seem to occur more often lately. I feel a pound in my chest and a brief shortness of breath. I know that this is my heart since I've felt my pulse during one of these "episodes" and could feel my pulse tweak out. I have gotten all the tests done including the 24 hour monitor, countless EKGS, an Echo, and also a stress test. With my luck I never had a PVC during one of these tests. The anxiety is killing me since i don't know whether they are benign or dangerous. How could the doctor tell me not to worry when he has not seen the PVC show up on one of the tests. Lately i can only think about the fact that there could be something seriously wrong with my heart and it's driving my anxiety off the chart.
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