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Still very confused
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Still very confused


  I wrote here awhile back about PVC's.  I have had all the normal tests done:
  echo, x-ray, EKG, holter monitor (2 times) and an event monitor for
  7 days.  These tests showed that I was having PVC's and PAC's.....I know these
  are skips in the beat now and then throughout the day.  However, I am still
  have this very confusing irregular beat occur at night when I lay down.
  This is the ONLY time I experience this.  My doctors think I am crazy
  because they have not caught it on the monitors....it never happens when
  I want it to.  It feels like 5 beats, then a pause, 6 beats, then a pause,
  2 beats, then a pause - and so forth.  This will go on until I move.  It is
  in a "run" as you might say....Is this dangerous - and what could it be?
  I cannot get an answer from my cardiologist, and I really don't want to go
  to another one - this is so hard to go through.  Please help with any advice.
  Thanks!
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Dear Lisa
If you were wearing the event monitor when this occurred, the arrhythmia would be captured. If not, your doctors could prescribe another event monitor that you could wear until it is determined whether you are having anything other than just PACs and PVCs. Perhaps you are just more aware of your PVCs at night. If you are truly having "runs" of PVCs, that is a more serious matter. However, I would have expected a seven day event monitor to pick that sort of thing up.
I hope this is useful. Feel free to write back. I wish you the best of luck.
If you would like to set up an appointment with one of our cardiologists here at the Cleveland Clinic please feel free to call 1-800-CCF-CARE.
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