why DON'T some people feel PVCs?

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   Posted 6/19/2014 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
i was just wondering this, and remembering what my cardiologist said to me 'you can feel them, that means you have a good alarm system'.
I would like to know why those fortunate folks who do not feel them,
seem to go on unaware of these uncomfortable sensations. idea

Post Edited (pvct) : 6/20/2014 6:26:14 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/20/2014 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tom,

Actually, in a strange way, we are fortunate we can feel them. They can be an indication of a problem in comparatively few cases. In that regard, becoming aware and seeking medical advice may be of significant value. The problem is that once we're told that they are benign, we have trouble letting go of the concern. I've seen two cardiologists (one that wanted to do more testing, saying my EKG was abnormal, but the abnormality is an inverted T-Wave, which I have always had, I have EKGs from more than 20 years ago with them), and two E.P. doctors, and of the four, three are not concerned and the one that wanted to do additional tests said that there is nothing they can do for PVCs. Ugh! That's the only reason I went to see him, not to fuss over my inverted T-Wave (which may signify a problem if that is a new finding on the EKG).

I'm always amazed when I tell a doctor I can feel every ectopic. I've seen this time and time again, they're watching the EKG and as I get them ask "did you feel that one" I reply "yes". This goes on and on for 10 or so before they're convinced.

Since I started on the Acebutolol, I had one evening when I briefly joined the "can't feel them" group, not even for the entire evening, just for a brief time that evening. I was in bed, trying to assess my pulse to see if it was unduly effected by the Acebutolol, and when I felt my wrist was shocked to realize I was in a geminy pattern but didn't feel it in my chest. Wow, I wish it was that way most of the time.

The best thing about seeing the E.P. is that he said I can call 24/7 if I have problems, and I have not availed myself of that yet, mostly because I've started to accept that, as of this time, "This is what you want, this is what you get" which corresponds to so much of life also corresponds to my heart rhythm.

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   Posted 6/20/2014 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi JungRulz,

Thanks again, for a great reply. I too have had an inverted T wave and a right bundle branch block show up on some EKGs and on others they don't. shakehead I might have mentioned that my E.P did a preliminary test on me back in '98 to justify the EP study, and found that the tests showed positive for late potentials, leading to the study being carried out. Fortunately, the study proved to be negative for non sustainable arrythmias. It is wonderful that you have an EP that said you could call 24/7 if needed. I had a wonderful cardiologist once that would do that. take care. :-)
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