I have roughly 7 to 10 pvcs or pacs a min almost all day. The only time I do not have them is when I lay down to go to sleep they go away. I have been through all the tests and they put me on Flecinide and this medicine seems to work most of the time. The reason they put me on it was for the symptoms because I just cant handle the mental part of having them all the time. I asked about ablation but my electrologist said that he thinks they might be coming form an area in the heart that might be either to hard to ablate or cant ablate. The reason the Flecinide is not working right now is because I am taking antibiotics for a sinus cold and infection which triggers the extra beats and the flecinide stops working. So i guess my question is if my heart has no other issues can I just simple live with very symptomatic 8 to 10 extra beats a min?
You sure can. Many of us on here do and some even more. As long as your heart is structurally good, it's just a matter of learning to live with them. I know that's easier said than done, it took me years. I've been dealing with them for well over two decades and sometimes still get freaked out over them. When they're really bothering me, I come on here, read other people's posts and remember I'm not alone and neither are you. Stay calm and keep posting :-)
You mention the mental part of having these extra beats which is truly the worst thing about them. If you haven't looked into it, you may want to see about some anxiety medication to help you with that. You could likely get some relaxation with a benzo such as alprazolam or clonazapam.
These drugs are quite addictive so it is not recommended to take them on a routine basis, but they are great to relieve anxiety and take a break from the stress of having a jumpy heart. Also, many on this site (myself included) find that this class of drugs actually make the extra beats go away...which obviously implies that these beats are related to anxiety and stress on some level.
I really appreciate the replies. I actually do take Klonapin but a very small dose at night when I go to bed. I have also been dealing with these things for awhile and just can't get it through my head that they are not going kill me like my electrephelogist says but I guess that is the problem in itself. I have so many that I guess it really bothers me. Is there really people out there living with thousands a day everyday.
On the klonopin front, I too got a small dose to start with. I then got my dose doubled and...boom, it was just what I needed. A higher dose of klonopin will knock you into a state where you don't care if you have heart palps or not. That's the way to really get some relief.
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