Sure they are frightening, but the more frustrated you are with them, the more you react to them, the more you are likely to get them. The following link is an Electrophysiologist, he diagnoses and corrects heart rhythm problems. He was that in a heart that is structurally sound and does not have an EKG consistent with unstable rhythms, that PVCs are of no significance. He mentions 20,000/day before they would intervene by ablation. That's about
13 per minute. www.drjohnm.org/2013/06/benign-pvcs-a-heart-rhythm-doctors-approach/
20,000/day is one PVC for every 5 beats of the heart. I get anywhere from 100's to 1000's per day. I'm not happy with it, but in stable hearts, it's actually safer not to treat them than to treat them.
I take Atenolol, a Beta Blocker, it helps to slow the heart rate, which helps with some people to reduce the number of PVCs, and makes the heart beat less forcefully, which helps to reduce how strongly we feel them. Are you on a Beta Block?
Some people never feel them? That's an understatement. Some people have them badly but are unaware of them, so they go on with their lives, eating, working, without worry. But those of us that feel them and have been tested are reassured and despite feeling them can go on with our lives. I had a coworker that had an issue with his heart attributed to a virus. He was released by his doctor, came in through the plant medical center where I work and was cleared for work. He mentioned his heart rate being variable, so I asked of I could take his pulse. I did and was horrified that he had no perceivable rhythm, his heart was all over the place, including a ton of PVCs. Fast, slow, skipped beats, and he can't feel them. That was years ago, he retired, and is still alive. So a perfect heart rate is not necessary to survive and lead a normal life.
Avoid ALL caffeine, cold pills like decongestants that speed up your heart, diet pills, smoking, and limit alcohol to the smallest amount. I edited this post to include my wife's suggestion, namely to stay hydrated, drink plenty of water, not tons necessarily at one time, but a glassful periodically throughout the day. This is something the cardiologist she worked for would tell many patients with benign PVCs. Also, get more sleep if possible.
See a cardiologist if you have concerns.
Post Edited (JungRulz) : 2/16/2014 12:30:28 PM (GMT-7)