I have posted about this before, but it happened again last night for the first time in a while and it got me thinking. Which those of us with harmless pvc's know, thinking too much is bad.
But last night i had a short stint of pvc's like i normally do, a thud here and there. I decided to check my pulse, it seemed like there was a pause for 2-3 seconds. Now during this time i felt fine. No dizzyness or anything like that.
This has been happening like this once in a while for the last 3+ years. All my doc visits have yielded normal blood tests and normal EKG/ECG results. My EP and cardio say that my heart is beating just fine. Now this would technically rule out a sick sinus syndrome type thing? Im only 31, thats the last thing i need to worry about.
Could i be *over* thinking this? Could i have caught my pulse at the perfect time to make it seem like its a longer pause than normal?
Once in a while i'll randomly feel my pulse and there will feel like there is a pause there, but no pvc's or anything else. Kinda like when you look at the second arm on a watch or clock and when you do it pauses before it starts ticking normally.
I know its really weird, but thats how i am lol. Again, i have had PVC's for about 8 years and have had clean blood and ekg work ups. Been on verapamil since 06 and 240mg since 08. 2010 is the first time i have noticed it.
The pause is normal after a pvc or pac. You had a normal beat, then a early beat, & then the heart is filling up with blood & that's the pause. Then you sometimes get that big thug. Pvc's & pac's are not worrisome if you've had a normal echo with normal ejection. There is no risk. I've had them for many years & was having 12 a minute at times last year. I have been on verapamil 120 twice a day & it seems to help. Betablockers made my HR low into the 40's, which seemed to produce more pvc's & made me feel bad. Best to try to ignore them unless you have different symptoms like passing out. The more anxious you are, the more you'll likely get.
What is your resting heart rate? The slower the heart rate the longer the pause will feel. I would say if you are not having and disturbing symptoms like passing out try to not focus on your pulse too much because it will just keep you hyper focused on the extra beats. I know it is hard but your test show you have a healthy heart which means your heart is tolerating whatever is going on well so try not to over worry. Stay strong.
was not sure what my HR was, but it was probably 75-80 as it is now. when people say the pause lasts one whole beat, does that include the the down time that a heart beat normally includes? But yes, i had no symptoms, which i have heard if it does not have any, it usually does not warrant a treatment. again, it could have been perfect timing
I believe you are fine if you have no other symptoms & you've had a echo that reported normal heart function. I know these can be scary & annoying. I was getting 12 a minute for long periods & for almost a year. I was freaked out about having that many & would sit there at times with a stethoscope listening to my heart skip around like crazy. That only made them worse! I learned that when I focused on them, I would get more. Really try to get busy & get your mind on something else & try to not worry about it. Think of it as a hiccup, if you can. After months of trying really hard to not focus on it, I started feeling alot better. Don't let it take your joy away.
"...I decided to check my pulse, it seemed like there was a pause for 2-3 seconds. Now during this time i felt fine. No dizzyness or anything like that..."
Your heart has been check out thoroughly and found to be healthy. You describe feeling fine, other than being aware of the ectopic beats.
For those of us are demonstrably healthy yet sensitive enough to feel these annoying little hiccups, just about the worst thing we can do is put our fingers to our wrists. Nobody but a health pro (and not all of them) gets any good information from that. For amateurs, it just turns into something pointless and neurotic, like picking at a scab.
Note well: If you have been diagnosed with benign PVCs but can do all your normal activities without dreadful pressure in the center of the chest, without feeling nauseated, without breaking out into the strangest cold sweat known to man, then keep the fingers away from pulse points, and above all, do not buy a stethoscope.
Live a good and full life, and find a way (psychotherapy, whatever it takes) not to be preoccupied by little stuff that steals time.
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