URGENT PVC PANIC

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mountaingirl51351
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Date Joined Jun 2013
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   Posted 7/2/2013 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I need some advice as I'm scared to death. I'm a 62 year old woman............generally pretty healthy with some issues like arthritis and migraines. Oh, and 4 years ago, because I have hyperlipidemia (my body produces way too much cholesterol) I had to have two cardiac stents placed. I did NOT have a heart attack and I seem to recall one of the many doctors I saw at the time tell me that my heart muscle was NOT damaged. The arteries were getting blocked, the stents opened them up and I was basically good as new. (LOL)
I have had heart palps since I was a teenager, so when I began having these PVCs, PACs (whatever) I knew the difference immediately.
They began about 6 months ago while I was sitting on the couch watching TV and had just eaten a fairly big meal.
No pain, no dizziness.............just this God awful out of whack rhythm. My first reaction was to cough which was very weird. They only lasted 10 minutes, but by then I was having such a horrid panic attack, I had my finger on 911. Over the past few months, I've gone weeks without any, then I'll have some for a few days. ALWAYS in the evening when I'm at rest, have usually just eaten or when I climb into bed with my book and WHAM........off goes my heart! What is up with THAT? I can work my butt off all day long in the yard and I don't feel anything and trust me, I have heart anxiety so I would DEFINITELY know. I've had people tell me they're probably happening and I just don't notice them. With me, I promise you, that would NEVER happen!
I have no health insurance right now, but I have spoken with my cardiologists nurse who has assured me these things are benign since I don't have other symptoms, but now I can't remember what symptoms she told me about. I know my panic creates symptoms that are most likely not related to the PVCs, but I'm not sure.
I am not a " Googler," but I own a lot of medical books and all of them say PVCs are benign UNLESS there is an underlying heart disease. So CRIKEY! What tiny bit of peace of mind I may have gotten is totally wiped out by that word "UNLESS."
I really am sorry this is turning into a disjointed rant, but I'm scared...............
I guess what I would like to know is if there is anyone else out there with stents that has PVCs and what are these "other symptoms" I should be worried about. I DO realize my anxiety is making them worse, I know I need to get in and see my cardio, but since I have to pay cash up front, it's going to take me awhile to come up with the $280 they want. I really don't think I need to go the ER, and I'm more concerned about my heart than my credit rating, but the ER will send me a bill which will do nothing but increase my stress level 87%.
I also would like to know why these would just suddenly start happening to me? And why always when I'm at rest and relaxed and not thinking about my darn heart at all. And why do they come and go? I have them for a day or two or three, then nothing for a month, then a few, then none, then day after day...........they're making me not only scared but crazy! How do you EVER learn to live with these things? When it's happening, my entire mind is focused on them. I can't carry on a conversation or concentrate on my book.........but I have found that if I get up and do something fairly physical like pace around like a lunatic for a few minutes, that sometimes will make them stop????
Again, I'm sorry for this long and nutty rant, but I am desperate for some real live person talking to me who knows what I'm talking about.
And yes, I KNOW I need to see my doctor and will the instant I can pay for it, but in the meantime, any words of encouragement would help more than you could imagine.
Thank you    

Post Edited (mountaingirl51351) : 7/2/2013 8:25:52 PM (GMT-6)


stkitt
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   Posted 7/5/2013 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Mountaingirl,
 

Welcome to HealingWell. You've found a safe, secure, and reliable support community for people battling a range of health issues. We have many  fellow members here who will be glad to lend an ear, offer information, and provide support for when you need it.

We are not professionals but peers just like you so if your topic requires a professional we may refer you to your Doctor.
 
From reading your post I am concluding that you cardiologist performed an angiography followed by interventional stent placement.  Stents are commonly placed during interventional procedures such as angioplasty to help keep the coronary artery open. 
 
From your post you stated:
 
"cardiologists nurse who has assured me these things are benign since I don't have other symptoms"
 
"PVC's, (premature ventricular contractions), are a type of early or extra heartbeat (extrasystole) that occurs when the heart's ventricles contract too soon, out of sequence with the normal heartbeat."
 
PVCs that mostly occur at times of rest and suppress with exercises are usually benign.  PVCs that worsen with exercises may be indicative of a heart under stress. A heart Doctor should evaluate arrhythmias that gets worse with exercise.  
 
In an overwhelming majority of patients, especially those with a structurally normal heart, PVCs are benign.
 
My best advise, don't try too hard to understand PVCs,  A basic medical evaluation can exclude significant structural heart disease. Talk to your Dr. ( I know that is not what you wanted to hear but I am not a professional) and can only share on a peer to peer basis.
 
Without medical insurance it is tough, could you call you clinic to see if they have some sort of payment plan you would be eligible as an uninsured patient ?
 
If you search our site you will find many threads that speak to PVCs.  PVCs cause anxiety as well as anxiety can cause PVCs; it can be a never ending circle that only you can break.
 
I wish you peace; let me know if this helped you?  We are here to support and share with each other.
 
Gentle Hugs,
Kitt
 

 

 

 

 

 


~~Kitt~~
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GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease.



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mountaingirl51351
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Date Joined Jun 2013
Total Posts : 34
   Posted 7/5/2013 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Kit,
Thanks for your response and trying to help. I know I need to see my cardio to get the answers I need, and like I said, I will as soon as I can come up with the money. I have contacted them about a payment plan, and they can do that, but I still must pay about $150 up front and they will bill me for the rest. Unfortunately, I do not have a spare $150 in the cookie jar. I don't even have cookies in there!

Until I can see my doctor, I will take some small comfort from the fact that these PVCs ARE only happening when I'm at rest and NEVER when I'm working my rear off in the yard, and also by the fact that when they begin to scare me, getting up and doing something physical will most often make them stop. Also that there are no other symptoms while they are happening, besides the symptoms of my panic which I've had since I was 18 and know intimately.

Again, thank you for writing and your advice.
mountaingirl

stkitt
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 7/5/2013 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
mountaingirl,
 
I wish I could have been of more help but I must maintain my role as a member and a peer here in the forum. 
 
Do let us know when you have seen your Dr.  Anxiety is a wicked master and one that likes to mess with me way to much.
 
Kindly,
Kitt 
 
 
~~Kitt~~
Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease.



"The wind blows, the sun rises, the snow falls and the ocean relentlessly pounds the shore. Life rolls on with fresh new possibilities at every turn."

mthixton
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Date Joined Jun 2013
Total Posts : 257
   Posted 7/9/2013 1:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I have had similar issues. Working my butt off all day long then just when I start to relax it hits me like a freight train. My cardiologist said it was a benign activity most likely caused by my inability to truly relax so it sends a signal that causes my heart to spaz out. I started meditating and taking more time out of my day to Zen out. It helped lessen the attacks but not stop them completely. I also drink ice water or a specialty relaxation tea. I would try focusing on relaxing and see if that starts an attack. Because if you are a go go go kind of person your body might be fighting the relaxing. Just an idea from personal experience.
Best of luck

Post Edited (mthixton) : 7/9/2013 12:40:12 AM (GMT-6)

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