heart rythem problems/PVC'S

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Date Joined May 2014
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   Posted 5/4/2014 12:46 PM (GMT -6)   
These Pvc's are driving me crazy come and go have had them for years spooked to exercise!! Have had tests 5 years ago all normal now they are back with a vengence!!! Makes me anti-social and i retreat into my man cave!! BP is okay around 140/78 and heart rate is between 65-75 dont want to spend the money to go to cardiologist again
please need advice and help and please share your experiences with me sometimes they keep me up all night and i know lack of sleep can trigger them. Cut out alcohol/caffeine and watch salt intake i do get cramps in legs alot wonder about my potassium level. Took myself off metatoporl for BP and lipitor and take natural supplements such as krill oil and magmesiun and centrum over 50 vitamin. I am blown away to the amount of peolpe with this problem i used to feel alone these boards help alot i am 53 and want to enjoy life and not be spooked and isolate myself been having these since i was 28 need assurance!!!! Feel apause then a hard beat after sometimes in succession confused cry mad

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Date Joined Sep 2009
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   Posted 5/4/2014 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, I feel bad that you have to go thru this. I too have had a bout with PAC's this last three months. It feels like there is no where to turn, these forums really do help. I also took myself off the Metroprolol. What side effects were you having.
It is hard to sleep with them so when I go to bed I take a half of a .5 ml Xanax and a half of a PM tylenol. This puts me right to sleep. You need your sleep for sure. It seems that they just come on really strong but fade a little after awhile. Can't even feel them sometimes unless I feel my pulse, which I do a lot like you. Probably not a good idea, just gives us more anxiety.
There are good anxiety meds out there if you get to the point where you can't handle them. You are not alone and I hope this helps, please keep up your posts to get as many ideas as you can.

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   Posted 5/5/2014 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the advice Kristi i will try the Xanax and PM tylenol did not like the way the metatoporol made me feel so weened myself off it gradually and decided to lose some weight and do alot of walking to keep my BP down i am tring this natural stuff for BP called master herbalist healthy blood pressure support #26 put out by Bell has seemed to help as well as fish oil and some other stuff seems like i am fine with the PVC'S for awhile and then boom they come back for no reason. Want to get exercising again but these sppok me but i do see many people that do exercise with them. Thanks for the reply this forum has helped my anxiety alot!!!

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   Posted 5/5/2014 6:07 PM (GMT -6)   



Welcome to HealingWell.  

Stress and palpitations are so common, and almost always benign. That said, I can't tell you specifically what is going on, only your Dr. can do that, so if this continues, make an appointment with a cardiologist for further testing.  For now, let's assume that you are just experiencing one of the symptoms of  anxiety. Caffeine, stress, lack of sleep, certain foods, ECT have all been known to bring on the palpitations.  Try to avoid these as much as possible.


Whether you take your medication or not is between you and your physician, but keep him/her up to date on your decision.

Be sure to articulate your concerns to your physician. Information  conveyed on forums should be used prudently, and only after your physician has ruled-out a more critical problem.




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   Posted 5/7/2014 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   

Here is a page that helped me a lot, the page is by an Electrophysiologist, a Cardiologist that specializes in the Electrical System of the heart. He explains some things about PVCs, offers reassurance, but incredibly, he says that the procedure used to stop persistent rhythm issues, in the case of otherwise benign PVCs, wouldn't even need to be considered until the patient had 20,000/day.


My last Holter showed 6000/24 hrs, so in those terms even if I experienced 3 times as many as now, I'd still have room to spare before the procedure would be considered necessary. Many people experience thousands of these a day and have no awareness of them at all, what bliss. Others have 50 a day and they can't handle it.

The biggest trigger for mine is adrenaline, meetings at work, (I was a union rep, I'm talking meetings with supervisors where tension oozed out of everyone's pores), my heart was a mess. Guess what, I'm getting 6000 PVCs a day now, especially when I swallow food or lay down to sleep (each formerly associated with pleasant things) and they scare the hell out of me. So in return, my body supplies the fight or flight substance known as adrenaline, which cause me to have more of them, which scares me more, which releases more adrenaline, which causes more and so on.

I think you'd be relieved if you saw your doctor or cardiologist, with some testing, knowing there's nothing wrong is better than hoping there's nothing wrong. There's a chance they won't even want more tests.
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