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   Posted 2/28/2012 11:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had PVC's my entire life - from the time I was a kid. I've learned to deal with them as much as I can. They come and go weeks to months at a time. I had recently gone almost 8 months without them.

Last wednesday, they started. They weren't terribly, but noticeable. It is now the following Tuesday. Almost a week later - and every day they have gotten progressively more frequent. I've never had them like this before. I am having 10 - 12 a minute - averaging out at 15,000 a day.

I am terrified. I am crying at least once a day. Seen at the ER twice - told was benign. I went to the cardio - told was benign.

I have now tried taking a magnesium supplement which has only suppressed the sensation. They are still there - and frequent as ever. I am 24 years old. I am expecting a baby with my girlfriend - and am so, so scared of dying. My cardio gave me a presciption of toprol but I am not comfortable with taking that yet. Is this normal. Has anyone on here experienced these - this much, and live to talk about it? I also have mild mitral valve regurg.

Someone please help me stay calm. My entire life has been beaten by these things the past week. I have no idea how to regain control over these.

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   Posted 2/28/2012 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   

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   Posted 2/28/2012 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there, I am sorry to read your anxiety is in high gear but try very hard to believe the Drs. that you are OK.  May I kindly suggest you take the toprol.  Toprol is a Beta-blockers; this group of medications is frequent used for patients with PVCs.  If you have serious doubts about trying the medication do talk with the cardiologist as he may be able to help explain how the medication actually works.
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   Posted 2/29/2012 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been through this, and amazingly it started happening when I was expecting my second child!  I tried several different medicines after the baby was born, and Toprol was one of them.  It helps.  It calms things and regulates your heart beat.  For years I always was asked at a doctor appt, "is your heart rate always the same?"  Or "is your bp always this good?"  I still get times that I have issues, and it is usually during stressful times in my life or maybe sometimes for no reason at all, but not as scary anymore.
If you can also go see a therapist and consider some anti-anxiety meds, that might be an option.  You'd have to see what they say.  Calming yourself is the biggest issue.
I cried in the doctor's office, afraid I'd never see my child learn to ride a bike or graduate from hs., but it has happened and I'm still here!  There is hope.  You need to pursue your options.  Try the meds for while and document your feelings, reactions, etc. on a daily basis so you can give a true answer to the doctors how you are reacting to it.
Best of luck.  That's just my 2 cents.

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   Posted 2/29/2012 9:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Good answer Sue. Welcome, both of you, to the forum.

If Toprol doesn't agree with you, tell the doc. There are plenty of other meds. I'm currently on atenolol for rhythm, but have also taken inderal with good results. Inderal doesn't seem to lower my pressure as much as atenolol or Toprol.

Talk with your doc about the magnesium. It can raise or lower heart rate.
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