Heart Disease Community
How many PVCs are too many?
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to angina, angioplasty, arrhythmia, bypass surgery, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, defibrillator, heart attack, heart disease, mitral valve, pacemaker, PAD, stenosis, and stress tests.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

How many PVCs are too many?

I'm starting to think that I should be realy concerned about this.  There will be times that I'll have some 15-20 PVCs in a row (every other beat, not one right after the other).  Some times I can go an hour without having one.  More often than not I'll have a run with every other beat lasting much longer than I'd like.  Especially when lying down.

Does anyone else get them this often?  I'm concerned I'm going to go into some kind of fatal rhythm.
Related Discussions
10 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Do you get any other symptoms, like dizziness?

Here is a link that gives some good info on arrhythmia:

http://www.cardioassoc.com/patient_pgs/conditions/arrhythmias.asp

I get anywhere up to 50 PVCs per minute.  However it's not the how-many that hurts me but how-long they go on.  When they go on for 24 hours, for several days in a row, my whole cardio apparatus feels extremely irritated and sore.  Sometimes I get chilly, freezing like sensations in my head.  This obviously effects blood vessels in the brain.

No doubt you will be offered advise not to worry about PVCs in a healthy heart.  Of course some isolated, random PVCs may very well be harmless, but you string a number of them togheter over a period of time and basic physics tells you that something will get damaged somewhere.

This having been said, it is best to have a cardio conduct a number of test to detect if a set of PVCs constitute a significant danger; in which case a number of  remedies can be implemented.

My EP told me that he considers a run of 16 PVCs in a row as to constitute serious danger.

Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I think the answer lies whether you get any dizziness or syncope? I have been told many times in a setting of a normal heart they are benign. Having said that if you get symptoms regardless of normal heart or not you need to be checked out.

If someone is getting 16 pvcs in a row under any situation needs evaluation.

Take care-
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I'm about 10 days post ablation and all of a sudden I'm hit with erratic flurries of PVCs.  Should I declare the ablation a failure and get set for another ablation?  Did yours go away on their own? Do you still get them? Was there any explanation why you had them if the offending spots were ablated?
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
mompom, it sounds like you are describing bigeminy.. after my ablation, i had it for weeks, 24 hours a day 7 days a week, and im still here...

There is no answer as to how many are too many, because palps mean different things to different patients.. If you have issues with vt and vfib triggered by palps, any palp is too many...

If you have a structurally sound heart, and you are not developing cardiomyopathy or any other physical complications, there really is no number as to how many is too many.. some patients have over 20,000 a day, and this, while considered high, is not considered a problem, unless it becomes one, through other issues developing...many patients who are threated for pvc's are treated only because the physical symptoms of a pvc are causing them mental anguish. If you have been evaluated already for structural abnormalities and ruled out arrhythmia by ekg holter or event monitor, mention it to your doctor, but its likely his respose wont change.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Yeah, I've been on Zoloft for almost eight years now for anxiety/panic disorder.  I just saw the doc today to increase my dose and have started that new dose today.  I also have Xanax for nighttime so I can get some sleep.  Otherwise the constant freaking PVCs keep me up.  

I'm so glad to hear what your friend said.  That makes me feel better.
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I have dizziness with some of my PVC's, and sometimes I'm dizzy with no PVC's. Does this mean I have some rhythm issue?
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Hi MomPOM I have bigeminy quite often.  A friend of mine, a cardiac nurse, is in constant bigeminy and she says that it is considered a benign rythym in a normal heart.  I have gone through what you are describing w/ the PVCs taking over my life.  I can say from experience that counseling is a must - you have to do it now before it gets too bad.  Have you thought about anti-anxiety meds?  They will get you through the crisis and change your perspective on the PVCs.
Blank
97628_tn?1204465633
When you have your Holter you are supposed to keep a diary. If you feel dizzy while on the monitor write it down and press the button to "mark" that time on the Holter. If you are having a rhythm problem at the time of the symptom the monitor will record it. Most dizziness involves the inner ear or some other problem.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Thank you so much for that.  Yes, I do have bigemy and don't have any diziness or faintness.  I can usually go most of the morning with just an occassional palp and then in the afternoon and evening the kick into high gear.  My life has just come to a complete standstill over this.  My anxiety and panic is at an all-time high, I'm slowly becoming agoraphobic.  It's just a mess.  
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
Was your ablation for pvc's?? Mine was for SVT, ide never had bigeminy before but it was a side effect.. i know with my ablation, i had one lingering tachycardia episode, about 3 days post ablation,  and i havent had one since.. Ide wait a month or so before considering it not successful, The most pvc's ive ever had in my life where within the 4 weeks post ablation, then after 4/6 weeks, nothing..
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
212161_tn?1391090750
Blank
heartfluttersflyawayplz
hoschton, GA
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Start Tracking Now
Blank
HeartRhythm Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
1755089_tn?1376057155
Blank
drewlevas uploaded new photos
1 hr ago
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
jave123 added the Heart Rhythm Tracker
13 hrs ago
Avatar_m_tn
Blank
keltan commented on Attention All Mouth B...
15 hrs ago
Heart Disease Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
212161_tn?1391090750
Blank
heartfluttersflyawayplz
hoschton, GA