I just read that PVC's double your chance of dying

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Date Joined Nov 2011
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   Posted 11/23/2011 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
So I have had PVC's for ten years. And recently I have been getting them all day long. every day. for over a week,. I'm talking at least 100 that I feel very strongly. They are truly upsetting, and scary. And to say the very least, are ruining my life. I am scared they are going to stay at this rate, and not go back to the occasional palps I used to feel.
I have been looking stuff up on the internet, and came across an article,/ study that say's that pvc's double chance of mortality/death in people with them then people without them. It basically said its a major indicator that your chances of heart attack or sudden death are high. especially with increased heartrate. and now I'm very freaked out.  It showed all these statistics ect.. ugh. I shouldn't have read that.
My pvc's are definitely increased by any sort of activity. even just brushing my teeth, doing laundry, any walking around, or anything that will increase my resting heartrate. I'd say my resting heartrate while I'm laying down in bed ( when I usually do not feel them) is about 76. When I get up to take a shower, or brush my teeth.. lately.. I feel like my heart is really racing.. normally I check my pulse after I feel the first pvc. its at about 98. and with that comes one pvc after another. Feels better when I lay down.
But I can't lay down in bed forever. I'm only 34. I have a job. and a life., or at least I had one. I am now so sad. depressed, and scared all day. scared doesn't even cover it. Terrified is more appropriate. Should I just get used to the fact and be ok with that I might have a heart problem and drop dead? I'm otherwise just so tired of being scared.

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   Posted 11/25/2011 3:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  The irregularity of the heart rhythm per se usually does no damage to the heart itself. You are most likely experiencing  heart palpitations but there are many different types. 
Premature ventricular complexes (PVC) mean that the extra beats originate from the lower pumping chamber called the ventricle. Without documentation on the heart monitor at the time you expeience this beat you can not be sure it is a PVC.   PVCs are common. In the vast majority of cases, they are of no prognostic significance and frequently go away on their own without any treatment beyond being reassured by your doctor.
I would suggest you see your Dr. for some tests and if the results are within normal range then just live your life to the fullest.  The anxiety of "what if?" thinking is sure to kick up your anxiety. Big breath and know you are going to be OK.  Please remember, I am not a physician.
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