coping with PACs

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   Posted 3/4/2012 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Saw a cardiologist last friday, and he was very thorough in going over my results. But basically, I have chronic, symptomatic, "nuisance" PACs with a little mitral regurgitation..... need to be monitored every few years, but really would recommend against medication since I'm young and already tend towards low BP.

Problem is that the symptoms I get from them, shortness of breath, dizziness and fatigue, can be very debilitating. Are there any other things I can do to help minimize the impact they have on my life? I'd like to exercise more, but that's on hold until I can get my autoimmune disease under control. As bad as the PACs are, the joint pain and weakness is far worse.

Has any one had any luck with alternative medicine and PACs? On recommendation of my naturopath, I take CoQ10 and Hawthorn, and I'm planning on discussing with her any other options I could have.

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   Posted 3/4/2012 7:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there,
I am glad to know your premature beats are PACs . Unlike PVC's, PAC's generally do not cause hemodynamic compromise because the conduction throughout the AV node and ventricles is normal, and the filling and contraction of the heart is therefore normal.  Did your cardiiologist feel the shortness of breath, dizziness and fatigue were caused by the PACs ? 
I do not know what your autoimmune disease is or if this could be the source of your symptoms so please do keep in close contact with your physician.
I do not have any expereince with a naturopath but hopefully a member that does will be by to share with you.
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