really scared of rate with palps

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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 3/15/2007 4:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Can someone help me with this please?  Here goes, I started having PVC's about 4 years ago.  At that time I had an echo, ekg, and 24 hour monitor.  The echo only showed mild regurg, the ekg was normal, and the holtor showed PVC's and sinus tach.  Since then I have had periods of palps with PVC's on and off. I learned to accept them.  Suddenly, I started having my heart race with palpataions at the same time!  The sessions last about 2-8 minutes then subside on their own.  I am scared of SCD or going into Vfib at any time.  It is really effecting my quality of life and could use some help.  I have had 4 episodes in the last 6 days.  Just a really fast irregular heart rate with PVC's or palps or whatever.  Does any one have this?  Should I be worried?  Is there a chance of Vfib or SCD?  Does the normal echo I had 4 years ago help to reassure me?

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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 3/15/2007 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey! Yes, I have experienced that in the past, but it is really rare for me these days. From what I understand a palp is capable of triggering a little SVT or NSVT episode. However these are also benign in a structurally normal heart. If it starts suddenly and stops suddenly, that is probably what it is.
2-8 minutes aren't a bad episode. I use to get them from anywhere from 2-6 hours.They would start suddenly. It would feel like a race car had been set off in my chest and then suddenly it would just calm down. I could actually fell it start and stop in my chest. Weird sensation. It wouldn't hurt telling your doctor about them since they are new for you.
In fact I would encourage you to do that. He might want you to wear a holter just to pick up the rhythm to make sure what it is but don't get too upset. It doesn't sound like a big deal from my own experience. I use to have them on and off for about 4-5years. Then they just stopped. I never took any meds for the condition. I just let them run their cycle. In the past 2 years, I might have had 3-4. THe longest lasting 20minutes and most only a couple of minutes.
They will NOT cause SCD or V-fib in a structuraly normal heart. This has been a question asked on the heart forum at MED Help a number of times and the cardiologist always says it will Not cause that.
Hope that helps and gives some reassurance. Again tell your doctor because it is new for you and they will want to make sure about the rhythm, but don't worry.

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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 3/16/2007 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   

I have PVC's and a fast heart rate, too. I'm not a doctor, but I wouldn't think you were at risk for V-Fib or anything if your episodes last 2-8 minutes and subside on their own. Just recently, I have been feeling my heart pounding (new symptom for me), so I know how worrisome these symptoms are.

If you haven't worn a Holter yet, I would definitely talk to your Cardiologist about it. I just wore one for 24 hours 2 weeks ago, and nothing showed up except an occasional rapid heartbeat. I honestly wish I would have had it on for more than 24 hours because the episodes don't always come within the 24 hours that you are wearing it. I didn't have 1 single PVC while I had the Holter on! So, maybe you could do it for longer, or maybe request an event monitor.

Good Luck and let us know your progress!

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Date Joined Mar 2005
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   Posted 3/16/2007 4:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Was it aortic regurgitation?  Maybe it's time for another echocardiogram.  Also, you should get a thyroid test; I only found out I had hyperthyroidism when my heart started going absolutely bonkers more frequently than not.  They can check your TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) with a simple blood test and that would give you a definitive answer on the health of your thyroid, generally speaking.
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