Psychosomatic arrythmia?

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   Posted 6/14/2011 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had PvC's since I was in my twenties and thirties, oftentimes with breaks of a few years in between.  I am now 63 and have been having severe ones for a few months, some taking my breath away at times.  The only thing is....I wonder if I bring them on myself because when I'm completely at ease and my mind is occupied, I don't have them....if I start thinking about them, they return with a vengeance and sometimes I feel like I can hardly breathe....the only thing that helps is doing deep breathing exercises.  I'm terrified to go to the doctor for fear he'll tell me I have two days to live (I've ALWAYS been a victim of white-coat syndrome) so I keep reading things on the internet including taking magnesium supplements (which do help alot by the way).  Anyway, I think I've always been my own worst enemy....and a hypochondriac since age seven, so now am I doing this to myself too????

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   Posted 6/14/2011 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi andwes,

Sorry you are experiencing distressing PVCs. I usually post in the Hepatitis forum, but your title caught my eye...

I have had PVCs since age 24 or so. I am now 51. Like you, they would go away for years at at time. Every time I experience a bout of them I am certain that I will be dying at any moment. I also notice that when I am very tired, have alot of caffeine, and mostly the STRESS, they really flare up.

I go to the doctor. Get an EKG, or have done a couple of holter monitor studies. All have turned out to be fine. STRESS. An awful thing. My doctor did tweak one of my blood pressure meds to atenolol. This has decreased the PVCs by a huge amount.

You are not alone. But, go to the doctor! If it is nothing, you will be reassured, if it is something, you can get the proper care and treatment for it.

Best of luck to you. Post back and tell me how your doing.


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   Posted 1/16/2012 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a normal heart rhythm until my father got a pacemaker. Suddenly I began to develop a junctional rhythm. It reverted back after I went to the Doctor because of chest pain. However, after several years it has stuck. It was as if because my father no longer had sinus rhythm, I couldn't. Now my father has been deceased for two years, and there's no issue of jealousy and I wonder if my sinus rhythm can come back.
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