Inexplicable heart problems

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xFlareon
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   Posted 1/1/2012 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Following a routine medical checkup with my physician, an EKG revealed PVCs, or premature heartbeats that are disrupting the normal workings of my heart. However, as many other people have them, my Physician originally thought them no cause for concern. However, a 24-Hour monitor on my heartbeats revealed that for the majority of my day I have a premature ventricular contraction almost every other normal heartbeat. My Cardiologist started me on a medication called Verapamil, supposedly to help fight the PVCs. My father has severe Hypertrophic Cardiomiopathy, and further genetic testing reveals that I have the genetic makeup to develop the same disease. However, as I am 18 years of age, with no defects currently in the anatomic structure of my heart or arteries as revealed by a cardiac Cathorization and MRI, I am at a loss to explain it. My Cardiologist cannot find the source of the problem, and recently I have begun feeling more severe effects of my condition IE winded easily, standing up causes a wave of nausea and my vision blacks out temporarily (Very rarely, twice in the last few weeks), and maybe very slight problems breathing, though it's possible that simply by thinking about my breathing patterns I begin breathing manually and therefore have a harder time. As it is right now, I do not have Cardiomyopathy, nor so I have any bacterial infections that could lead to PVCs. As far as I know at present, I am not lacking any nutrients or minerals/vitamins such as Magnesium or the like. Prior to learning about my condition and starting on Verapamil I was physically active with no side effects whatsoever. A cardiac stress test reveals that my PVCs do not in fact go away with exercise, the opposite they get exponentially worse progressing through bi-gemini, tri-gemini and quadra-gemini with no actual patterns to them. The pattern of my heart beat changes minute to minute sometimes with nearly no PVCs and 10-12 heartbeats between them, and others with a PVC nearly every heartbeat.

What do you guys think?

It's Genetic
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   Posted 1/2/2012 12:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you ever been prescribed Metaprolol for the heartbeat arrythmia?

If so, ask your cardiologist about its use and possible consequences.

xFlareon
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   Posted 1/2/2012 2:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, I have been on metropolol before, with no change in my abnormal heart rhythms. The same goes for Verapamil. Neither seem to have helped my condition at all; the opposite in fact. Before i was on any medications i was unaware of any symptoms. After starting on medication they seem to become more and more pronounced.

stkitt
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   Posted 1/2/2012 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell.  You sound very mature and knowledgable for your age when it comes to understanding your PVCs.  Good for you as you are your own best advocate.
 
Other medications, such as calcium channel blockers, or anti-arrhythmic drugs, such as amiodarone, also may be used if you have ventricular tachycardia or very frequent premature ventricular contractions that interfere with your heart's function, causing severe symptoms.
 
I suspect some of your sx are anxiety related as this is all new for you and of course you are more intuned to what your body feels like.  Medication can also cause some of your feelings that are popping up.  Please do talk with your Cardiologist re these symptoms.
 
Try to keep you fingers off your pulse unless you are not feeling normal for you. I know that is really hard to do but with practice and concentrating on other things it can be done.
 
I am here for you so know you are not alone.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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xFlareon
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   Posted 1/2/2012 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the intuitive reply, and I will try to concentrate on other things for the time being. Anxiety has never been a major issue for me, and from my perspective I would like to believe that I'm handling it rather well. The main reason for my concern is that I can't find even one other case on the internet or otherwise that is considerably close to what I'm dealing with. My cardiologist can't begin to explain what's happening, and when I prompted him about other cases like mine he couldn't think of a single one. As it is at the moment, a defibrillator seems like a viable solution, but personally I don't want to do something so extreme at so young an age as to find out later that I can be treated and cured and have an implanted defibrillator in my chest for the remainder of my life with no function whatsoever. I should be finding out more about my present condition very soon, and I'll be sure to post it here on the internet on the off chance that someone like myself is going through the same things that I am. As far as I can tell my condition is seemingly unique; something that isn't necessarily a good thing given the present circumstances. As for other medications, I will have to look into it. As I have researched, the PVCs themselves are no cause for concern, even with their recurring frequency, however the underlying cause of said PVCs could be something deeply distressing. The fact that they do not disappear with exercise prompts me to believe that there is a problem with my bloodflow; something that was said following my MRI. My cardiologist's exact wording was "We cannot find any structural anomalies with your heart, however we believe that there is a problem with the blood circulation getting to your heart." Following this, my Cardiac Cathorization ensued revealing no inherent problems with arteries or veins. This is extremely confusing and I sincerely hope that they can find what the issue is soon.

Thank you for your support, it means a lot.

Alcie
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   Posted 1/3/2012 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I got no rhythm control with metaprolol, but atenolol at half the smallest dose works fairly well. Mine's not PVCs, but supraventricular. I didn't tolerate ANY or the other classes of heart meds.

mom29710
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   Posted 5/12/2012 6:21 AM (GMT -6)   
my son just got diagnosed with quadra gemini. he's only sixteen. i'm having a hard time finding info about this!!

stkitt
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   Posted 5/12/2012 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
 
I am going to refer you to your son's Dr. to explain quadra gemini and He/She should also explain any treatment plan that your son may or may not need.  Your doing a great job advocating for your son by joining this group so do let us know what his Dr. recommends.
 
Happy Mother's Day to you !
 
Kindly,
Kitt
 

 
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