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pvc' and best medication for them
I have had several tests over the past few weeks for recurrence of pvc"c which I have been medicating for for the past
40 years. I have been on Inderal all this time, now propanolol, and it has pretty much kept the pvc's at bay. I did have some very stressful, life changing issures come up a few weeks back, (lost my home) and I have not been able to get the pvc's under control. I am still taking the propanolol about 120 mg daily. I have them thru out the day. I finanally saw a cardiologist, and althought he seemed unconcerned about them, I really have a difficult time getting thru the day feeling happy and quality of life in tact. He wants to change my meds. starting with Toprol XL and if this does not work, Carvedilol 6.25 . Has anyone been on either of these meds and what do you think? I do not have high blood pressure, just pvc'c which I had under control with the Propanolol (Inderal) for several years. don't know if the stress kicked them up? any feed back on the med's would be very helpful. tx
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1124887 tn?1313758491
Hi, I'm on propranolol (it's an r there, propran, it really doesn't make sense ;). I take 10 mg twice a day, in higher doses it actually provokes more PACs or PVCs because my heart rate gets too slow.

I think propranolol works great against the palpitations, especially those happening during anxiety or stress. Anyway, it's an old medication (non-selective beta blocker) and my doctor keeps telling me to try metoprolol (Toprol). I don't, because what I use now works great. In addition, a non-selective beta blocker removes other effects of anxiety (panic, tremor, noises in stomach, etc).

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1137980 tn?1281289046
Yep stress will kick those puppies up believe me...you want to obey the rules of engagement w. PVC's which is to change around your lifestyle a little if you haven't already...you should knock out all caffeine and this means coffee, tea, any sodas with color in them except root beer, limit your sugar intake, no chocolate, stay away from energy drinks or anything that has electrolytes in it like gatorade type of products, drink lots of water not vitamin waters but plain water, try to limit your stress and try to get a good nite of sleep each nite...I had PVC's pretty badly a few years ago and chose to have it taken care of along with a couple of other issues at the time thru an ablation...i take a low dose of antenolol now even after the procedure as a safety net for fear they'';ll pop back up on me and so far so good.  You may want to put things into perspective Jeannie...i know you are going thru a stressful time in your life but without your health things go from bad to worse...like i said in an earlier post a couple of weeks ago how many people at the end of their life said...."Gee i wish i could have saved my house, or i wish i would have put more hours in at work, or why didn't i buy that car?"  You get the general drift of things....i for myself tend to think that when that day comes for me and i am in my final hours it will all come down to my personal accomplishments as a human being, what kind of mom and sister and daughter i was, along with my beliefs....i think its not WHAT we acquire Jeannie its HOW we acquired it and what we had to do to maintain it...i don;'t know if that makes sense but i do know that now that i have a second chance at life i have definately prioritized my life and think about what i will be thinking when that day comes for me even when now i am only in my mid 50's and so far i find myself so much more peaceful and happy.....good luck to you .....
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You mention with Propranolol: "in higher doses it actually provokes more PACs or PVCs because my heart rate gets too slow. "

I have not yet tried Beta Blockers or any other prescribed medication for my PVCs. I get a ton of bigeminy and trigeminy when relaxing or laying in bed before i sleep (when my heart rate slows down below 60 bpm or so).

I'm curious if Beta Blockers would help me at all in this case? It seems my PVCs are mostly just provoked by a slow heart rate. Any thoughts on this?

Thanks in advance!
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967168 tn?1477588089
some of us get lucky and find what meds work right away, others like me with heart problems and a whacked out neurological system go through many different meds and still can't tolerate any of them - everything I've tried lowers my HR/BP too much, which is dangerous for me

stress & anxiety will only worsen arrythmia's; making those dreaded things tenfold if we let them; try to find what your triggers are and a way to avoid them at all cost - stress is a huge factor in my life and always has been; I used to exercise to help with it and I tried Lexapro but after the initial few days I didn't notice anything with it, but others have had success with it
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I am in similar spot. diagnosed with Anxiety & panic attacks, and PVCs.  All SSRIs cause huge drops in blood pressure and swelling. I am not on Metoprolol ER 25mg, but I am worried about it dropping my bp as well. I average about 105/65 prior to the drug. I took it before for about 3 months in 2007 and did great, so hopefully it will help now as well.  Did not have the anxiety and low bp issues then though.  All cardio tests rule out serious problems, so just dealing with the crazy stutters, flip/flops and thuds with flushes in my solar plexus. The PVCs make my anxiety worse, which feeds the PVCs.  I have cut out all caffeine, do not drink or smoke, and am seeing a counselor for the anxiety. I have noticed that they decrease when I am active or focused, increase when calmly watching TV or trying to sleep.
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PVCs tend to happen when the pulse rate is slow.  It seems that the pause between heartbeats gives the hyperactive or rogue cells that cause PVCs more of an opportunity to jump in and cause a premature beat.  This partly explains the reason that activity--which speeds up the heart and decreases the 'rest' interval--usually causes fewer PVCs.  

The solution is to stay always active--or learn to live with benign PVCs that occur when you are relaxed or at rest.  Counseling for anxiety can help, but longer-term anti-anxiety medication is *extremely* reliable.
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1124887 tn?1313758491
PVCs (or PACs for that matter) with slow heart rate can have a different cause than the ones appearing with high adrenaline levels (and high heart rate).

This is advanced electrophysiology, and I won't say I fully understand it (even most doctors don't I think) but I'll give it a try and explain:

The heart cells can all depolarize suddenly, causing PACs and PVCs. Usually this doesn't happen, because the sinus node will depolarize before other cells do. The higher up in the heart, the more likely are the cells to depolarize (sinus node is on top).

When the sinus node is slow, other cells are more likely to depolarize suddenly, causing the PVCs or the PACs.

Beta blockers will further slow the sinus node, and more PVCs or PACs can occur

This was the easy part.

With high adrenaline levels, heart cells are more irritable and likely to suddenly depolarize. Usually this is not a problem, because the sinus node also speeds up, wiping out the possible PVCs or PACs before they happen. However, adrenaline also have effect on calcium channels in the heart, narrowing the channels so more calcium is sustained in the cells at some point, making stronger contractions. But this also has the effect that cells may suddenly depolarize at some point (delayed after depolarizations). Both these effects is reduced by beta blockers, and is the reason why severe ion channel disorders (such as some forms of LQTS and CPVT) are treated with beta blockers.

That was the difficult part and I don't completely understand it :)
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Dear Fellows. I am 51 now and  have had this issue since after I retired. As the thing is strange and terrifying so I know what all of you go through as I am going through. I was tested for everything in 2014 including all that could be done about heart and it was negative for ischemic. Thanks God. However since yesterday after about three years I was eating some spice with corn when again that old weird feeling came up and then all panic and panic. as I did before I started off on tread mill and things went better for a while. I tell you that I have severe anxiety issue and take things like dooms day. don't take any meds for that but I just bear it, though bad. As I write now, I only took small breakfast today and now have taken two bananas as suggested by some one up here. One thing more is that when I bend forward or get a twist in my upper abdomen area just below the rib line, I start to have skipped beats and once I get up straight or put my self in upright position, the things get better. Once this skipping gets worse, I start skip jumps and for sometimes they go away. More important I felt is that once I get busy with something, than I don't notice them or they stop. No idea. I take Tablet exforge 5/80 for BP since long. During last episodes, I was also prescribed tab concor which I took for short time. All it did was drastically slow down my heart rate, resulting in hypotension on getting up while sitting. So any comments on this please ?

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