PVCs are Ruining my life!

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Date Joined Dec 2011
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   Posted 12/6/2011 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I've reached the point where I'm scared 24/7. I have very scary PVCs and they have taken over my every thought almost every moment of the day. After complaining to my doc about having the sensation that my heart is "skipping a beat" , she put me on a 24 hour holter which recorded 134 PVCs. I followed up with the cardiologist who didn't seem at all concerned. Several echos have been done, only to find a small hole in the atrium which they say many people have and should cause me no problems whatsoever, unless I had a blood clot pass through it.

My PVCs are very strong and I can feel them. I can't even tell you all how scared I am. I spend each day wondering if I'm going to die. Not to mention that I have an anxiety and panic disorder. Now, because of the increase in PVCs, I check my pulse constantly, and they are saying I'm OCD. How do I stop checking my pulse?! What can I do do get rid of these PVCs!??? I feel so alone! The second I tell my doc that I'm having such terrible PVCs, she immediately throws me under the Anxiety bus! I am currently on NO meds of ANY kind!!!

I just don't know what to do, but I know this is no way to live!

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   Posted 12/7/2011 12:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Evening,
I understand your fear as you are worrying about your PVCs and your heart.  I used to worry about some irregular beats I had, then I had a stress test and a few other tests which came back normal so I let go of the worry. 
I know this is not easy but I hope in time you will be able to trust that your Dr. If you continue to worry about the whole in your heart I would kindly suggest making an appointment with a different Cardiologist for a second opinion.
I am posting you a link to another thread that was posted earlier this year that you may find interesting.
Hang in there and keep on talking with us here in the forum. WE are here to listen and support you in anyway we can.
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Date Joined Nov 2011
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   Posted 12/7/2011 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Veestarlet. I can totally understand and appreciate your concerns as PVC's seem to be ruining my life as well and I just started getting them on 11/23/11. It was the night before Thanksgiving. A trip to the ER ($1,166.62 my portion) found nothing out of the ordinary. EKG was fine, blood test was fine, Blood pressure was fine. The ER Dr. said he didn't see anything "sinister" and gave me an Adavan, put a Holter monitor on me and sent me home. I thought they had gone for the next 5 days after I turned in the monitor. Then, Tuesday night of the next week, back they came right at bedtime. I have seen a cardiologist, had a heart ultrasound, Thyroid blood work done, all normal. They cannot explain these things except to say that everyone has them, I am just one of the unfortunate ones who get to feel my heart stopping and restarting and it takes my breath away. It seems like I have heartburn all the time and I no longer can have caffeine or chocolate as these things make it horrible. I worry non-stop that my heart is going to fail to "restart" one of these times, even though I am told it will not happen. I am going to see my PC physician tomorrow to talk anxiety medication. These things are controlling every aspect of my life and I am 42 years old. I feel your pain and wish there was something that could explain why we have to deal with these. Hang in there...
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