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jsmit
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   Posted 11/14/2014 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to the doctor yesterday for mild stomach pain. I 'm 30 years old and never need to go to the doctor. I just had a baby 4 months ago, so I thought I should get checked out. The nurse took my vitals and next thing I know i'm hooked up to an EKG machine because she was hearing skipped hear beats. The EKG showed the same thing and they called it PVCs. I'm kind of in shock to come out of this appointment with a heart concern. They sent me for blood work and she talked about me coming back for a follow-up and possibly a holter monitor. She said she wasn't concerned, but it should not be ignored. And now that I found this out, I'm realizing this feeling I get has been PVCs all along. Should I be limiting caffeine or be freaked out right now? Because I really am. Has this happened this way for some of you?

Myhusbandhelp
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   Posted 11/14/2014 4:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to the forum Jsmit. I am sorry that you had such concerning news. At only 30 with a new baby, I only imagine the shock of hearing the news. Some heart conditions such as "stress cardiomyopathy" can be temporary and the result of psychological of physical stresses. It can also appear in the last month of pregnancy to about 5 month after giving birth... Freaking out might not help as much as a good session of breading and meditation (there are free guided meditation sessions in youtube!). Try to stay calm and positive, it's quite likely that your condition might be temporary and if it isn't having found out that you have the problem will give you the opportunity to get treated and prolong your life span.

I hope you get better soon,

Monik.

jsmit
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   Posted 11/14/2014 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Monik! It is nice to know it could be temporary. I will try to get in some yoga and meditation to relax a little about this. I like to think I'm a pretty laid back person and I usually don't get too stressed, so I'm not sure if it could be stress related. I just know I have 2 little ones and a lot to live for. Thanks for reminding me to look on the bright side. : ) Hope you're doing well too. Are you in the same boat as me?

jdiane
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   Posted 11/15/2014 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Unexpected news and news of something with your heart is always a little scary. PVCs can be temporary and most often in otherwise healthy people, they are generally not harmful. Annoying yes, but benign.

Finding out why you have them and making sure there is no arrhythmia during the episodes is important. You can actually take your heart rate when you feel the flip flop happening, anything under 120 is what you want. Generally you'll find they are of no concern.

I have frequent PVCs. I do have an underlying heart condition, and for me the PVCs are benign.

Good luck.

palpit
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   Posted 11/15/2014 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
google pvcs at the top of this page and you will see all the people who have what you have. you need to be worked up (tests) first by your dr or cardiologist if they don't go away. but a lot of us just have these and they are benign which means of no medical significance.

jsmit
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   Posted 11/15/2014 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all.... I'm new to this and don't know anyone experiencing the same. Until I have follow-up tests this week, I'm just worried there's an underlying problem. I'd love to hear from anyone else who has exrperienced the same

JungRulz
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   Posted 11/15/2014 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi jsmit,

Here's some suggested reading.

www.drjohnm.org/2013/06/benign-pvcs-a-heart-rhythm-doctors-approach/

www.lifeoffbeat.com/

/en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palpitation

www.equimedcorp.com/rhythms/topic/40/

Earlier this year, after doing a Holter EKG Monitor, I discovered I had 6000 PVCs in 24 hours. In terms of weakening your heart, 20,000 per day is often considered the maximum amount, if occurring over weeks, that you can have. More than that and other options are considered.

You can have a normal beat followed by a PVC and this pattern repeats, this is known as Bigeminy. Two normal beats and a PVC, repeating in that pattern, is Trigeminy. Quadrigeminy is also possible.

The existence of the premature beat really doesn't seem to worry doctors, but being sure no other underlying condition exists that is causing it is important. Also, doctors have to be sure you don't have a rhythm disturbance that is dangerous. Mine started when I was 15, 40 years ago, and are yearly in cycles of worsening and improving.

These really are quite common. Avoid caffeine, get as much sleep as possible, no cigarettes, avoid or limit alcohol, and try to relax. Anyone getting them for the first time should always see their doctor, and anyone that normally gets them but notices a change, where they are getting worse, should also see their doctor. Just be sure to follow up with your doctor and listen to any advice they give. Seek a second opinion if you're not happy with the diagnosis or treatment options (if any).

jsmit
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   Posted 11/16/2014 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
To JungRulz and to all that posted to me I deeply appreciate you taking your time to give me information and relieve my concern. You are so kind. Thank you. : )

jsmit
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   Posted 11/25/2014 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
So I wore a holter monitor for 24 hours and just got my results today. Over the phone I was told I have frequent PVCS and that my low blood pressure would not tolerate a beta blocker. They referred me to a cardiologist. Should I be worried or is this a routine thing that happens. I'm only 30 years old.

lindy6452
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   Posted 12/3/2014 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi jsmit,
When do you see cardiologist? Besides PVCs and low blood pressure, do you have other symptoms? Please don't be so anxious. You will just feel worse. Easy for all of us to say but everyone on the site has had health issues. Go to doctor, cardiologist, with your test reports and questions to ask. Try not to go alone. We are often told to much information and get confused or are just overwhelmed in general. If possible write questions down and bring a pen to write his or her response. Often test reports are forwarded to other doctors but it can take time to get to your chart. All I can say is that it is your body. Doctors see lots of patients each day and we sometimes become a blur to them. Best wishes
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