I went to my Cardiologist yesterday for my monthly visit. I finally remembered to tell him about the weird heart beats I've been experiencing, and he gave me an EKG. He told me that my weird heart beats were benign PACs and PVCs. I meant to ask him if these could be caused by my medications. I'm taking Florinef, Lyrica, Norpace, Provigil, Prozac, and Ritalin.
I think other members have said that anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications can cause PVCs/PACs. I'm not sure about other medications, but I would not be surprised. Do the extra beats bother you?
I'm here from the Dysautonomia forum. All of the medicine I take is for my Dysautonomia (POTS and NMH), but I'm just hoping that my medicine isn't causing other problems like these PACs and PVCs. Are PACs and PVCs ever dangerous?
Welcome to the Heart Rhythm Community! Say HI to Halbashes.....great forum!!
I know a little about dysautonomia and am familiar with POTS, but what is NMH? Prozac is an antidepressant (SSRI), and I remember reading how some of our members said their SSRI's seemed to cause PVCs/PACs. I'm not sure about some of the medications, but Ritalin also has the potential for irregular heartbeats (as a side effect). However, the crazy thing is, PVCs/PACs can go and go for absolutely not reason, or for a number of reasons. It's great that you mentioned the beats to your doctor and he was able to determine they are benign! Terrific news!
Some people who have serious heart problems have PVCs/PACs and they are more significant. Chances are you would have other cardiac symptoms and your doctor would be aware of something more serious. Otherwise, they're more annoying than significant. If you read through the posts on the Rhythm, you'll find they are quite common and you are not alone. We're here anytime you need to talk, ask questions, vent, etc. Glad you stopped over : )
NMH is Neurally Mediated Hypotension, a very long term for low blood pressure. It's kind of like Neurocardiogenic Syncope. There are so many terms out there relating to Dysautonomia it's nuts. I think doctors just pick a term out of thin air.
Thank you for the information on Prozac and Ritalin. I wonder if those are causing my symptoms. I will ask my doctor, but I know other people with Dysautonomia are taking these same drugs. PACs & PVCs, just what I needed, more annoyance in my life! Haha. Thanks for your help.
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