I am a 50 year old female and have been experiencing regular, reoccuring PVC's (at least 4 - 5 PVC's/min) for almost a year now that seem to worsen at night and can awaken me when I am sleeping. I had extensive lab work completed (TSH, eletrolytes, CBC, LDL, Cholesterol) and all within normal limits. I have asthma so beta blockers are not an option. I work out regularly and am in relatively good physical condition (BMI = 24.7).
Any suggestions on what options I can pursue for relief?
There aren't a lot of options. If beta blockers are not a option, a calcium channel blocker is the next option. The goal is to decrease the sensation of the PVCs and there is a slight chance it could reduce the number.
The goal is not to do any additional treatment. The reason is that for a structural normal heart, there is more risk associated with the next treatment options. If your impaired quality of life is great than the risk, then the next options could be considered. This is a subjection decisions based on your perceived impairment in quality of life and the guidance of your doctor regarding the absolute risks in your case.
The next options are:
medications -- flecainide, propafenone, sotalolol, dofetilide (more success with prior two)
ablation if the PVCs are all from the same locations.
It is best to discuss these options with an electrophsyiologist.
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