I was diagnosed with pvc's about 2 years ago after finding myself in the emergency room several times for feeling these hard palpitations that are very bothersome to me. I since then have been seeing a cardiologist, and he just told me that I had anxiety, and am probably under alot of stress, and just an anxious person. I get various symptoms at no particular timing, such as my face, and hands getting hot for no apparent reason, pressure on top of my chest so bad at times to where I can barely breathe, etc. But the most bothersome is just the pvc's. I have worn the 24 hr halter, and it came back 489 bigemeny's and I think 89 trigemenys, with 2 supra ventra. What is supra ventra anyway? My cardiologist said this was way too many as I am only 24, and he referred me to an electro-physiologist. The electro physiologist refused to do an electro test on me, because he insisted that I was just an anxious person, and suggested I take a beta-blocker called coreg. I bought the prescription, but I am afraid to take it, because it says it slows your heart rate, and also can lower your blood pressure. I feel weak, and tired already from the excessive pvc's already, and I don't want to feel worse! I have tried hydroxyzine/xanax, which seem to sort of help a bit. But, maybe it just helps me to just not think of them as much. It always seems to get worse at night time, and they happen to me everyday all day. I can't remember the last time I had a NORMAL day. I don't freak out like I used to about them, but... just sometimes it still gets to me. I have 2 little boys to raise, and a loving husband that I wish I could feel up to spirits to do more with, but these things seem to run my life. They say it's because of anxiety, but sometimes I feel that my anxiety is caused by the pvc's. I don't know what to think. I had a stress test and eco but they were all normal, and I had excessive runs with the pvc's at the time of them as well. After I ran on the treadmill, they went away for about an hour, but showed back up after. I can wake up and have them, and they even wake me up in my sleep. Sometimes I feel like 4 or 5 of them while I am sleeping, and it's like I know I need to wake myself up and breathe, because I feel like I am dying. I try to scream, and move but I can't! Finally... after a couple of attempts I will jump up in bed and gasp for breath. Those are the episodes that really scare me. If anyone could please just help me out, and if you guys have had similar events, please comment back... it helps to put my mind at ease. Or even doctors...help please. I just want my life back.
Thanks so much. I just heard that the beta blockers can be more problems than what they are worth. It sometimes just helps to have someone who has been there, and knows how u feel, when everyone else thinks you are making it all up. Thanks.
Aww! When I read yours too, I started to cry. I used to be a stay at home Mom, and however have noticed that they are not as bad now that I am working. I feel like if I was more active instead of sitting at my desk all day, (I am an administrative assistant) it could probably improve more. Maybe I should take a walk b4 or after lunch, and possibly when I get home. That might help. Thanks, and you hang in there too sweety.
Here are some suggestions that have helped me:
I eat healthy, very low in fat, no white only brown(breads,pasta,ect..)
keep the blood sugar in check by snacking on fruit
sleep at least 8 hrs
take a daily vitamin
calm down when they occur( difficult I know, I had a scary beat early)
I hope this helps you,
You sound EXACTLY like me! I'm 39 now but I have had then since I'm 17!! Goodness is I'm still living -- bad news is I still have them. I have the same issue with anxiety and panic BECAUSE of them not vice versa. If not for these things, I would be fine!!
I really think you should see an EP -- go to a different one to put your mind at ease. You deserve that much. I too am considering taking a Beta Blocker but I'm scared. I actually have Inderal in my cabinet as we speak but I'm hesitant to take it.
Anyone else take Inderal??
i know where your coming from , ive been having the pac for 10 weeks they are a lot better now am taking 25mg of atenolol and they have been so much better , now am in the stress mode after all ive been through, my mom had cancer surgery and 13 days in hospital and than 10 weeks of pac has a bout done me under am taking ataivan to get through my days hoping it goes away soon, so hang in there , take the meds it will make you feel better after awhile, when you first start you might have weakness,tiredness, slow heart rate and bp but has you take it it gets beetr i know went through it myself . so hang in there and try relax.
It's a vicious cycle - stress causing PVC's and the PVC's causing you stress. On it goes. The PVC's are not likely to go away completely but if there's any way you can reduce your worries about them, you will feel better. I also have PVC's/PAC's and tachy (fast heart rate that just pops in from time to time). But my life goes on and on. I've raised 3 kids, travel, have a demanding job and like to stay busy. Yes, I can feel my "heart hiccups" all day long but after all these years I know they won't kill me (just like the doctors tell us). Keep talking to yourself, reminding yourself that although the PVC's are annoying, you'll be just fine. Don't give in.
Thanks 4 all your help, and reassurance. I have been dealing with them for 2 years now, and used to freak myself out and have panic attacks because of them. Now, I do try and relax myself, and it seems to help. I think I have come a long way, and I sometimes still get frustrated at times. My mother and Grandma have the same problems, and heart disease runs in our family, and I am just praying that this does not pass on to my children or theirs. It IS a very vicious cycle, almost like a disease! Thanks again for all your help, and still does anyone have any recommendations for relieving these. Walking seems to help, and the music. I also notice after I eat, I get them pretty bad. I wonder why. I still feel questionable. It's gotta be something else triggering these things. I don't smoke... rarely EVER drink, don't do sodas, and have cut back on my sweets and carbs... still.... no luck.
As, I read your post I started to cry. This sounds like my situation. Hang in there, everyday that goes by you will start to get better. This time last year for me was horrible, but today I can handle these irregular beats in a much more calmer way. Just yesterday I had pac's that lasted all day, they mad me feel pressure in my chest and shortness of breath. Like everyone else I have had all the testing that says these are harmless. I too am a stay at mom to two little ones, and that is why this is so frustrating. I want to be healthy for them and at times these beats make me feel awful. If this makes you feel better, my doctor has these as well. He has a pvc every tenth beat, but no symptoms. We just happen to be symptomatic. If you can start an exercise program, this has really improved every part of my life and makes me feel better all day. I hope you feel better soon.
I don't know why the doctor told you that there were too many PVC for your age. I think that is alot of bunk. There are peolple that get WAY more than that. I find that my ectopics tend to cycle and I have had times where every other beat was premature for hours. My cardiologist did not worry about it. I have a structurally normal heart and would be fine. Also he knew that it would get better and always did. I do agree that the PVC are probably causing your anxiety. Then your anxiety is probably making the PVCs worse. It can be a vicious cycle.
It is most important to know and believe that these things will not kill you. Then you might find that they settle down just a little. You need to practice postive self talk. For example, instead of "Oh My God! I've got to wake up and breath" try "Oh there's another one of those PVC. How annoying. I'm going back to sleep." When they come at night and interrupt my sleep, I try to stay calm, do soothing self talk and turn on soft easy listening music and concentrate on that instead of my hiccuping heart. It doesn't always work but it does ALOT of times.
Supra vent just means supraventricular tachycardia. It just means that you are having a couple of rapid or fast heart beats in a row which originate in the atria (upper chamber) or the AV node. I think just about everyone has a little once in a while. It is definately NO BIG DEAL. Honestly the PVCs aren't either. They just feel like a bid deal.
That same thing has happened to me - with the having PACs or PVCs in your sleep and waking up screaming (except I was able to scream!). I have no idea why this happens, possibly night terrors of some kind. I hate when I get PACs/PVCs that wake me up, it's so scary because it takes you off guard.
i took inderal for a long time it did help me out, it will make you tired as you start it but nothing to bad , try it you might like it , no i do not belive your heart weakens my cardio dr says no, they are harmless and do not damage your heart in any way
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