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