PVCs drive me nuts

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   Posted 11/16/2013 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
I suffer from PVC's. They drive me nuts. I have had a cardiac ablation in 2008, and it helped some but they are coming back, especially before my monthly cycle.
I also get dizzy and very anxious. Sometimes I don't know if my heart is gonna stop completely. My cardiologist told me i would just have to ignore them. Easier said than done eyes .

Does anyone put their life on hold when you have these episodes. They make me so tired.
I wish I knew if there was anyone out there that could help me deal with these....I am 44 year old female...smh!
I gave your thread a title..

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   Posted 11/16/2013 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there!

I'm also a PVC sufferer,and these things drive me nuts too!!
I get them all day every day!
I dont take beta blockers as my resting rate can get low, but I'm on an anti anxiety med called citalopram, its helped slightly with my anxiety over pvc's,but they really do annoy me!! Some days are better than others!
I sometimes get them every other beat especially before my monthly!!
I used to fly into a panic when that happened,but as time has gone by i try not to panic as much!!
How many do u get? And how did ur ablation go at the time?
And also please try not to put your life on hold as u probably already know that these PVC's wont harm us,they are just terribly annoying!!
Take care :-)

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   Posted 11/24/2013 8:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello! I deal wIth pvc`s almost everyday. I hate it and it puts me into panic mode every time. Drs and cardiologist say its anxiety related. I feel like crap because of these. Before that time of the month and during it I'm a total mess. I Really only feel good one week out of every month. Last night I got one so intense that it woke me up and set me into panic mode my Heart started racing because I was so scared. I don't believe it's anxiety related when I'm sleeping there's just no reason for it, but I do hear they are common when lying down and relaxing. I've had all the Tests done and supposedly everything b is Healthy as can be. Wish I felt that way! I have another cardiologist appt. Coming up to try and find an answer or a solution anyway for these. I would be so much happier! Good Luck with everything and keep posting!

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   Posted 11/24/2013 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
First, I agree with the many cardiologists, MDs and medical people who point-out the harmlessness of PVCs, in people with structurally sound hearts but as we who experience episodes of frequency with them know, they are not harmless to one's quality-of-life and emotional well-being. We therefore must develop coping skills and if-needed, take medications that help us deal with them.
The reason I can tie my PVCs directly to my anxiety, is due to the fact that I've suffered generalized anxiety and occasional panic attacks for 31 years. My PVCs  have occurred at times in my life of severe stress and anxiety. Amazingly, I have actually gone years at time, not noticing anything other than a very occasional PVC. Afterward, a phase of them might show up and last for weeks or months. 
I feel that people who have posted, saying that stress and anxiety was not involved in their PVCs, have the type personalities that deal better with stress/anxiety than some of the rest of us. In other words they can have significant stress but don't perceive it as others do. I say this because if they had no stress/anxiety, their posts of concern regarding their PVCs would not be appearing on forums. They likely felt a PVC or two and began to subtly anticipate them and also likely experience little adrenaline surges when they occur, that causes succeeding ones or even runs of them. They are fueling them more than they may realize.
I also feel that the fight or flight response becomes so touchy in those of us whose anxiety increases with PVCs, that adrenaline is released in lightning-fast spurts, with each heart skip. This adds not only to the perception of them (palpitation/felt) but also to the strength and frequency of them. While we can at times convince ourselves, saying "this is just part of my anxiety/stress disorder", the unpleasantness of them works in the back of our minds, saying to us "this is going to lead to a serious heart problem or arrhythmia for you if they keep happening like this".
I do feel anxiety is a very common trigger for PVCs and likely the number one trigger. Add to stress/anxiety, some caffeine or other stimulant or even digestive problems  or hormonal/electrolyte imbalances and the PVCs can really flare and feel nasty. Amazingly, you can have far-less adrenaline in your body when anxiety is reduced and the PVCs are far-less noticeable. The hard thumps for example, feel more like gentle blips (if felt at all) and the head-rush or mild chest discomfort/pain that follows them might not be there at all when a person is relaxed. Of course this varies among us but I suspect this to be true in most cases.
I hope my post helps some of you understand the connection between ectopic beats and anxiety.
I wish you peace,

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   Posted 12/18/2013 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow, that was a great response. I have the same issues, but not really hard thumps anymore (atenolol really slows down my heart rate), but quivers, what seems like skipped beats and an odd rhythm. Lately my arms have been aching like I worked out really hard. So any suggestions on supplements or things to eat that can help? I am starting to read the posts here and I can feel everyone's suffering just like mine (and worse than mine). I feel for everyone as I understand how it feels...not being able to take a deep breath, can't sleep and often (for me), walking around keeping busy is the only way to feel normal.

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   Posted 6/19/2014 1:35 PM (GMT -6)   
bluehousemom- I know it has been months since you posted, but I wanted to post about your arm issue. I also have heart rhythm problems that they can't find any real issue for. They put me on metoprolol, and I started to get the arm pain, like I had lifted wieghs or something each day. At first I thought it was another sympton, until a nurse said she had seen it before and changed up my beta blocker to Bystolic. The arm pain went away in 2 days and I've been managing much better on the Bystolic. Still not perfect, but at least I don't think I am going in to cardiac arrest all the time, and no arm pain.

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   Posted 6/19/2014 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Kitt, stunning post. smilewinkgrin

Adrenaline is an instigator for my PVCs. Happy tongue and sad shakehead adrenaline, anything that stirs strong emotions.

I used to represent union workers on safety issues. The meetings with the company would cause me great stress (in retrospect, most meetings were not as inimical as I felt they were at the time, but if it wasn't my nature to overreact to those situations, I may not have PVCs now) and I'd take a little Klonopin to get me through. As these perceived tense meetings did not occur daily, I did not take Klonopin very often, and by far, most meetings were not likely to cause tension, so it was not needed.

But during those meetings, my heart rhythm was absolutely insane, I've almost left more than a few meetings to go to the plant hospital.

One cardiologist I saw felt that once adrenaline was released to the blood, its effects persist for some time, and that modest exercise would help to eliminate the adrenaline.

Many to most people that have these benign rhythm disturbances don't feel them. That's hard to believe, but apparently true. I've had these for more than 40 years, I can't imagine (but would like to) what life would be without them.

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   Posted 6/19/2014 10:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I also have PVCs and with GAD. And they drive me absolutely crazy at times when they are in a what I call my vicious cycle shakehead Try to just remember what the doctors tell you when they say they are benign or they won't kill you, if you have had all the tests to rule out any problem. I know what you mean when you mentioned doctors and those who say 'try to ignore it'. Ectopic beats are just disruptive :con shocked they can be scary and sometimes keep me up at nights, when they are really on a roll. cry Just try and put up with them, and perhaps a beta blocker and or a mild anxietY agent would help, if your doctor recommends it. as others have posted, these things have a life of their own, and a lot of it feeds on anxiety. Sometimes they even make me mad mad because they can ruin an evening or event as quick as a heartbeat. do take care, and you are on a great site.

take care
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