Should I get a second opinion about my pvc's

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   Posted 6/22/2011 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi this is my first post on this website. A couple months ago I started having skipped beats and chest pain have been to the er countless times for this. I have had ekg stress test holter monitor and electrocardiogram all done by my cardiologist. On,thing they found where PVC and said that the chest pain was caused by anxiety from the PVC. They put me on 25 mg of atenolol once a day but I still have the pvc's daily. There are controlling my life I dont want to leave the house or do anything because I'm scarred of them. Should I get a second opinion about this since I still have the chest pain and PVC or can anyone tell me how to cope with these. Thanks

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   Posted 7/6/2011 8:48 AM (GMT -6)   
I would say, have a word with your cardiologist once again. Try to clarify your doubts. If you are not satisfied with the diagnosis or you still have some doubts you can always go for a second opinion. Hope you find a way out soon.

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   Posted 7/8/2011 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
PVC's are usually benign (harmless) when there are by themselves.  PVC's are the occasional premature contraction of the ventricle.  Most people get them but they usually don't feel them.  Sometimes when they happen it feels like your heart is beating in your throat and takes your breath away.  When you have associated chest pain you did the right thing to follow through with tests to see if your heart is being damaged.  Your doctor would perform CK-mb and troponin blood tests to make sure your heart is not damaged.  Negative results are good and your heart is still getting the nutrients and oxygen it needs.  Keep being followed by your cardiologist and make positive lifestyle changes.

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   Posted 7/20/2011 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
i have these too and had the same tests you had. the cardiologist i went to to interpret my tests further told me he wanted every new patient to have the same tests for himself so he could read his own results. i thought what a waste of money when the results are right in front of him. so i don't know.

i had a few at work today and then got anxiety from them because they are so scary. i think the anxiety just creates more. sucks! if you want to email me - i can relate. i think certain times of the month (like i am on cycle now) make them worse. so does pms, so does ovulation. only about one good week where hormones aren't affecting our bodies. ha joys of being a woman.

they always say don't worry and alot of people have them and don't even feel them. why can't i be one of them? ha i take atenolol too and one thing the cardiologist told me is the slower your heart beats, the more you feel. which is what atenolol does. slows the heart rate. so i don't know. i have a fast normal heartrate which bugs me so i like the atenolol for that. it's like 90 normal and that makes me anxious so i like the atenolol.

it's hard not to worry i know.

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   Posted 7/24/2011 7:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I have these too. My heart rate will also soar up to over 100 bpm and then down to close to 40 during them. I had a catheter ablation 2 years ago and everything was good until about 6 months ago when they started again. My cardiologist said that the area that was causing it the first time was very near my "circuit board" in my heart and he may not have gotten it all. He said that sometimes people will get them in different areas of the heart. I am scheduled for another test Thursday, he will go back in and see if he can find the area causing problems, if he can, he is going to do an ablation again while he's in there. I also have mitral valve prolapse so I'm not sure if that has anything to do with it, or if it might be a concern with the "jumpy heart". My cardiologist said that the major concern with pvc is pooling of blood because of the irregular beat that may cause clots and/or stroke.
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