PVCs and my anxiety has gone through the roof

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   Posted 1/15/2015 2:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Here is my big question.
Can the flu bring on PVCs and will they leave when the flu is gone?

I have never felt these before, it started last week on weds, I was starting to get sick with the flu and then I felt a weird bump in my chest, I basically ignored it at first then a while later I had another, I was thinking
its nothing to worry about its just maybe my adrenaline and anxiety getting me going because I'm getting sick.

I went to the Dr. for the flu and got a xray, the dr said it looks like you have a little infection that might lead to pneumonia and gave me antibiotics, well later that night I started feeling worse and ended up going to the ER, I told the ER Dr what was going on and she checked my xray and gave me another chest xray and said that it looks like my diaphragm is flattened and it could be emphysema but we will have to wait for the radiologist, so I sat there wondering *** is going on....

She comes back and says I have good news, the xray is clear and everything looks excellent (thanks a lot Dr for stressing me out for NO reason) I ended up going home and looking on the internet about chest xrays and diagrams but in the back of my mind I was still wondering what was the cause of my heart feeling like it stopped or missed a beat and it was still happening.

That night I put my mind to it and started sleeping on my left side with my right hand tucked between the bed and my upper left rib cage, I could feel everything my heart was doing and I felt it 100% this time, beat....pause...THUD. OH crap what was that I thought.
Something is not right, back to the ER I went, I told them about what was going on and they gave me a 2 EKGs (it was normal) hooked me up to a machine for a while that would read my heart beats for about 30-40 mins, I noticed I had a few on the machine and told the nurse.
The nurse says she did not see anything and it looked like I just moved, I have to stay still while this machine is running.
Anyways the Dr sees that I had a few and says they are perfectly normal and I have nothing to worry about, he said it looks like you have maybe one every 100+ heart beats and 70% of the population has them and the only reason you can feel them is because you have fine tuned yourself into feeling them.

All this has happened while I have had one of the worst flu sicknesses I have ever had...
Its been miserable and I want it to stop.

Sorry for such a long post, I have been more worried about this then I have almost anything in my life.

I ended up calling my Dr and let him know what has been going on, he ordered me a 24 hour heart monitor this friday, I have had one before in the past but I don't remember anything about pvcs, I just remember them telling me it was normal.....I never heard of a pvc before this week.

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance and nice to meet you.

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   Posted 1/15/2015 2:45 AM (GMT -6)   
This is what I am feeling...

Copied off the web

its own rule, that when a PVC fires while the tricuspid valve is shut, it causes a much more noticebale "kick" and sometimes a very creepy sensation of backing up into the jugular in the neck, which is exactly what happens.

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   Posted 1/15/2015 11:23 PM (GMT -6)   

Also one more question, does anyone feel every PVC that they have?
I have seen people say they have had there monitor come back telling them they have 100s
Can a person feel 100s of them in a day?

I really hope someone responds soon....

Post Edited (AnxiousGuy) : 1/16/2015 2:13:02 AM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/19/2015 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
hiya, hopefully i can ease your mind a bit, i have had a valve replacement 7 yrs ago and suffer from pvcs on and off the last 5 yrs, i can get thousands per day to sometimes none, there are harmless but so damm annoying, you do get used to them mostly but yea sometimes there do get you down, having so few as you are is normal and getting uptight about them will only make them worse, hope that helps mate,
had heart valve surgery 2008. replaced with a nice porky pig one

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   Posted 1/31/2015 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone feel every PVC they have? Yes indeed, believe me it's exhausting to be so aware of them. Earlier in 2014, right after Easter, I had another outbreak of ectopics, PVCs and PACs. My first Holter showed 6000/24 hours. Changed Beta Blockers, in a month or so, I was having 3900/24 hours. Not long after I consulted an Electrophysiologist, and with some changes in diet, they dropped to 100/day, then gradually fewer and fewer.


See the above link and his reference to Cannon A-Waves.

I've been having outbreaks since I was 15, over 40 years ago. Here's a few links that helped me out. Ectopics, such as PVCs and PACs are most often benign, but anyone experiencing them for the first time, or anyone used to getting them that notices a change, should see a doctor.


At the above link, the doctor says 20,000/day of PVCs is the point that they would consider intervention necessary. For my 6000/day, they only occurred while I was awake, figuring 16 hours awake, that's over 6/minute.


The flu or other illness can bring them on, and once the focus of the PVCs is irritated, it may take a while to calm down. Avoid cigarettes, alcohol, caffeine, and chocolate, to name a few things, try to relax, and try to get 8 hours of sleep a night.

I'll check back, but I hope this helps.
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