First of all thank you for the advice! It is very much appreciated.
I am a healthy 25 year old male, with the exception of being treated for hypertension. I am currently on 25 mg of Atenolol and 10 mg of Enalapril. My blood pressure is controlled, under 140/90.
My concern is PVCs!!! They are driving me crazy. They tend to be cyclical throughout the year. Sometimes they are really bad, and for the past month they have been.
Last year I had all the cardiac tests done. Echocardiogram, Stress+Echo, Stress Test and Holter Monitor. All checked out fine. The Echocardiogram was done 6 months ago. I remember the technician for the Echo saying my Left Ventricle Wall Thickness was around 10 or 11 mm; on the upper end of of a "Normal" range Left Ventricle Wall Thickness.
My follow up appointment the cardiologist yielded no concerns. She felt like I did not need to see a cardiologist anymore.
The thing is I lift HEAVY weights 3 times a week. Squats, Deadlifts, Bench Press....... For 5 sets of 5 reps as heavy as I can possibly lift. Lifting is very important to me. It is a great stress reliever for me, and I enjoy the results I see. I swear it has lowered my resting blood pressure. I also run 3 miles 3 times a week. All the doctors I have seen see no issue with me lifting weights. I never hold my breath (valsalva maneuver) when lifting.
For the most part I have PVCs with exertion - running or walking around after sitting at my desk at work for an hour or so. Do you think the heavy weight lifting could have caused me to have left ventricle hypertrophy since I had the Echo 6 months ago? Are the PVCs with exercise/exertion a signal of this? I went to the cardiologist office last week and saw a nurse's practitioner. She did a resting ECG and checked my blood pressure. All were fine. She did not seem concerned. Should I have another Echo to make sure I do not have LVH?
I am hopeing this is just anxiety and I do not have a structural heart issue.
5-10 PACs or PVCs when you run for 30 minutes is nothing! :) Can easily be a result of some excess adrenaline. If you are worried, it may be a good idea to do a stress test, to see if they are PVCs or PACs, what's causing them, etc. It would be worrisome if you had a PVC every third beat or so. You don't :)
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