Can't shake the feeling that PVC's aren't anxiety

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   Posted 12/23/2013 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Ack, had a massive relapse with my anxiety this week. I was doing so well too and was feeling a lot better about things.
I have had off and on PVC's(Premature Ventricular Contractions) which have been linked to my anxiety. Normally I would have the odd one here or there but on thursday I was walking to my counsellors office and suddenly got a whole 10 seconds worth of them. It was terrifying and I thought I was going to drop dead before I even got there!

When I arrived at the office it was obvious I was having a full blown panic attack, my heart was racing, my hands were shaking and I was freaking out. My counsellor sat me down and was really good and talked me through it. After about 10-15 minutes I calmed down a lot and she walked me through how I have had numerous ECG's, blood tests and my heart listened to 20+ times by different doctors who have all said I'm fine.

I visited my GP last night and he checked everything again and has put me on some low dose beta blockers for them. He reiterated that he thinks this is Anxiety and I am going through quite a bit at the moment. I just didn't feel that anxious when it happened on thursday so I'm not 100% convinced they are caused by anxiety.

I just feel so darn depressed and right back at the beginning again! I've just been sat on my bed watching crappy TV all the time I'm not in work, trying to take my mind off it. Checking my pulse every 10 minutes or so! I feel like I'm going insane!

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   Posted 12/23/2013 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  If your Drs. feel your heart is OK and anxiety is your problem perhaps you would like to join our Anxiety & Panic Forum :
You will meet many members that have the same types of issues you have posted. Health Anxiety is extremely tough to live with so I am going to post some links for you to take a look at.
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   Posted 1/5/2014 10:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Andy, I think part of my problem is anxiety. I feel I have experienced worse episodes when I am anxious or worrying about something. The other night I went to bed and it was really it was totally out of rhythm and fluttering and there was nothing I could do to calm it down. I'm going to ask my cardiologist about this, but I'm sure there is nothing that can be done. I'm already on Toprol XL and have been for years. At first it was a miracle drug and I think it's affects wore off. I really don't know.

I have read things online regarding what can affect PVC's: caffeine, electrolytes being off, stress and anxiety, heart disease, chemical imbalances in the body, etc, etc. This last month it has been bad. I had started working out due to doctor's orders and was feeling great. Then suddenly one night my heart started acting up and I don't know why (and has been for 4 or 5 weeks now)? Did I overdo it on the treadmill? Was it because of the diet I was on eating rabbit food a lot and watching my cholesterol intake? Was it worrying about my health (clogged arteries) and the stresses of the holidays? Who knows, but I can tell you I worry about everything and everyone so that probably doesn't help. There are times where I don't feel stressed or anything and my heart will act up. So I know where you are coming from on that one. I am so depressed about this condition because someday I will be old. Right now I want to run and enjoy a lot of things but I feel I am restricted and have to watch it all of the time. It is annoying and scary.

Anyway, I hope all works out for you, me and everyone else dealing with these PVCs.

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   Posted 1/7/2014 9:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Andy -

I am in the same boat with you. I had the occasional palpitation and never thought a thing of it. They didn't bother me. 2 years ago I was diagnosed with a mitral valve prolapse (leaky heart valve) and didn't really have any symptoms!

Fast forward to July 2013, I started having multiple palpitations - like hundreds a day. After the third day I went to the ER and was diagnosed with PVCs. I had them daily for about 2-3 weeks then they suddenly disappeared. I don't know if it's because once I found out they were not dangerous and many people on here have them much worse than me my anxiety eased up - who knows? I would get the hesitation than the hard thumping beat, it would go fast for about 2 seconds then go back to normal.

My PVCs went away for months with just the occasional palpitation. Now I'm getting them daily again. Not many - maybe 5-6, but now instead of the hesitation and thump I'm getting flutters that last 1-2 seconds. I find these much scarier!! I also get them out of the blue - not when I'm stressed or anxious.

I, too, am convinced there is something horribly wrong with me though my PCP and cardiologist said my heart is fine. My health anxiety has gone up x10 because I am fearful of my heart not working properly.

I'm female, 37 years old and don't have high blood pressure or cholesterol or anything, I am not overweight. I don't work out in the normal sense, but I'm a dancer so I get some regular exercise. I really don't have risk factors for heart disease, but yet am so fearful of it.

Hang in there because that's all we can do. Just know you are not alone in your fears.

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   Posted 1/12/2014 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all. First time on this forum, I usually hit other categories. I've had a benign arrhythmia since I was in my mid teens, 40 years ago. On and off over the years, mostly on anymore. I get hundreds to thousands everyday. If you never had PVCs before and just start to get them, or if you've gotten them for years but they've just gotten worse, you should see your doctor. But if you've seen your doctor and tests were done, especially tests under exertion, such as nuclear or echo stress tests, you can fairly well rest assured you're OK.

I stumbled on the following site by an Electrophysiologist (heart rhythm doctor) that explains the significance of PVCs, or lack of significance for most of us. This doctor mentions that a patient would need to have more than 20,000 a day before they would consider a procedure to correct them. That's one PVC for every five normal beats. Wow. That's far more than most of us have, but the comparatively few that some of us get still worry us so. Many people get these, in a structurally (and electrically) normal heart they are of no significance. There are many people that get them but that don't feel them, the fact that we feel them makes them harder to believe they are part of many many people's lives.
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