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   Posted 1/13/2014 3:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Are pacs caused by anxiety?
Cardiologist words: "diagnosis is premature atrial contraction, it is an electrical problem that is very benign and not a major deal what so ever"

Not going to lie, They feel awful. But what do you guys think ?
Not taking any beta blockers as they diminished my libido .

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   Posted 1/13/2014 12:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Benign heart arrhythmias are hard for some of us to accept. I get PVCs, anywhere from hundreds to thousands per day. Although PACs are technically different then PACs, in a benign arrhythmias they are not to be worried about. The important thing is to receive testing and a diagnosis.

I used to comment on an arrhythmia forum, people properly tested and diagnosed as having a benign arrhythmia were having up to 10,000 PVCs/Day, and their doctors weren't worried. I recently stumbled on to the following link, an electrophysiologist, a doctor that corrects heart rhythm disorders, and he identified 20,000 PVCs as the point when they would start to become an issue to the health of the heart. Even my hundreds or thousands pale compared to that number, it has eased my mind considerably.

One thing that many of us don't realize is that there are many many people that don't feel their PACs or PVCs, and are blissfully unaware that their heart rhythm is not perfect. We have an advantage because we received testing and know ours are benign.

A saying I found last night that I think applies.

"From the area of Chinese medicine....appropriate to mention here: "One disease, long life; no disease, short life." In other words, those who know what's wrong with them and take care of themselves accordingly will tend to live a lot longer than those who consider themselves perfectly happy and neglect their weakness. So, in that sense at least, a Weakness of some sort can do you a big favor, if you acknowledge that it's there."

Edited my post since I did not have a microscope when I wrote this on my phone. Ugh!

Post Edited (JungRulz) : 1/13/2014 10:51:49 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/13/2014 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much for your response it really helped me out.
I've had an echo, stress, EKG& holter monitor and the only thing the holter picked up was 49 pacs and I rare PVC
Other than that my echo showed no damage on my heart.

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   Posted 1/13/2014 2:31 PM (GMT -6)   


Atrial premature complexes are also called premature atrial contractions (PACs) and may cause heart palpitations or unusual awareness of your heartbeats. Palpitations may be heartbeats that are extra fast, extra slow, or irregularly timed. PACs occur when a beat of your heart occurs early in the heart cycle or prematurely.

PACs occur when a beat of your heart happens early in the heart cycle or prematurely.  PACs result in a feeling that the heart has skipped a beat, or that your heartbeat has briefly paused. Sometimes, PACs occur and you can’t feel them. Premature beats are common, and usually harmless.

People who are under chronic stress or anxiety can experience them with more frequency than do people who have other triggers for them (i.e. caffeine, following exercise or lack of sleep).
PACs are common. In the vast majority of cases, they are of no prognostic significance and frequently go away on their own without any treatment beyond being reassured by your doctor.
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   Posted 1/13/2014 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Great work up Rickk90! You have very good reasons not to worry.
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