Posted 1/19/2013 6:02 PM (GMT -6)
I have had PVCs for 2 years now and in the last month they have become more frequent and violent. I got a blood test and my Postassium was 5.4 and Magnesium 2.2. I have the PVCs anytime of the day, and there is no exact trigger. If they come on, they last for 5-10 hrs and I have them every 2-3 beats. Sometimes I can hear lub dub dub dub (triplets) It is so stressful and worrisome.
I don't use caffine, tea, only herb teas, and eat very slowly. No excess carbohydrates, no alcohol, no high fat foods. My cholesterol is 135, LDL is 82 and my Triglicerides are 58. My resting heart rate is low -- 52 to 58 at rest and my BP is a struggle to keep it up to 100/49. Is registers in the 90s in the morning. (now this low HR is new -- up to last month, my resting HR was 60-66.)
I use a lot of salt to keep my BP up and sometimes drink salt water. I was taking coreg 3.125 pill, but it didn't help too much but lower my BP. Now I am taking Inderal at 10 mg 2x daily. I just started so I am not sure if it will work to lessen them.
I finally got to see a cardiologist but he wasn't too interested in knowing about them. He gave me an echocardiogram and it showed pretty normal. Then i had a stress test myocardial perfusion and when i had started the test, I was already having a violent bout of PVCs. To my surprise, my rhythm became normal after my HR went up to 110.
Then I was in NSR for the test, then later they came back but not so violent.
So now I am on Inderal (for a few days now), drink no coffee, decaf, eat slowly and am trying to train my nervous system not to accept them if they start. If I do start to get them, i notice that my pulse is in the 50s and so I start a very fast walk for 30 minutes which helps alot.
Sometimes they would come on after eating, so i eat very slowly and drink warm water.
I think I should get a different doctor and have a holter monitor to see what the EKG shows. I think there must be some tests to take to help determine the cause of these PVCs.
I can't see how, when they come at every 2-3 beats and last for 13 hours every day, that they could be harmless. what about blood clots? What else can I do? Please help.