Heart Rhythm Community
pvc triggers: anyone else use zicam or a lot of vitamins?
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to heart rhythm issues, arrhythmia, irregular heartbeat, implanted defibrillators, pacemakers, and tachycardia.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

pvc triggers: anyone else use zicam or a lot of vitamins?

I am still wondering if we can narrow in on pvc triggers.  I have used zicam, lexapro, citracal, flax seed oil, midrin (for migraines) and armour thyroid medicines for five years.  Has anyone else used these products out there?  I keep wondering what we are missing in causation.  It seems like so many people are struggling with heart arrythimias and it makes me wonder what we are doing that might be triggering them. . . Thanks for your input!  Val
Related Discussions
6 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
I need to add ambien and post hysterectomy to the above list of possible triggers.  Any thoughts?  Val
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I first noticed pvcs when I was about 18 y.o. That's too far back to recall what, if anything that I was taking externally that might have contributed to them. Although I recall I was just going into college and pulled a lot of late nights studying.

I also remember a time as a young child, that me and my sister were taking a nap and she kept saying "stop shaking the bed", until finally she got up and said she was going to tell mom what I was doing. I had no idea WHAT she was complaining about. I now think that might have been my heart skipping along.

Since 18 my pvcs have just kept increasing. I have identified the usual culprits that seem to make me feel them more, (lack of sleep, dehydration, caffiene, nicotine, alcohol, stress, too much sugar, big meals, OTC cold medications, mineral deficiences ((magnesium, potassium, iron))) and I have eliminated or corrected all of the above, but haven't had consistent reduction in pvcs, they still kept increasing.

In my case, I think stress has strengthened  "an accessory electrical pathway of cells" that are now prone to fire more often. Here's the funny thing though, there are times when they go from 20 pvcs/minute to none for several minutes or sometimes hours, then back to skipping along at 20/minute. If I could find out why the break happens, I think I'd be rich and famous.
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
Hey, thanks for the response!  
Blank
177337_tn?1310063499
hi
Zicam and flaxseed have not been a problem for me.  It seems my pvc's act up whenever they want.  I can eat a crapload of chocolate and not have a problem.  My doctor said they  come and go as they please but the biggest triggers are lack of sleep and not staying hydrated for me.  I wish as you do, that we could pinpoint the exact culprit but I don't think that is possible.  Mine have picked up over the last few days and I have done NOTHING differenct.  Go figure.  
Blank
Avatar_n_tn
It can be discouraging thinking that there is no way to track down the triggers.  It sure would be great to figure it out!  I have used zicam for six years.  It has worked extrememly well at combating the flu/colds, however I HAVE lost my sense of smell, which is a drag!
Blank
Avatar_f_tn
I've been thinking about your question a little more, and I seem to recall that when I started noticing my pvcs for the first time I also remember I would (when I had a cold or flu) take those OTC medication/hot drinks. Not sure of the name brand, it wasn't nyquil or theraflu, but it was a common one, I used to take tylenol too. BUT, I havent' taken either for at least 15 years.

Lack of sleep and dehydration are still my worst enemies.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Top Arrhythmias Answerers
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
1423357_tn?1373023915
Blank
tom_h
Central, MA
1807132_tn?1318747197
Blank
michellepetkus
Chicago, IL
1124887_tn?1313758491
Blank
is_something_wrong
Oslo, Norway
86819_tn?1378951092
Blank
Bromley
257552_tn?1404606154
Blank
Artaud
Pittsburgh, PA
MedHelp Health Answers
Recent Activity
6579347_tn?1388505968
Blank
mele48 And here I am again... Comment
7 hrs ago
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
Navywife21113 worried Comment
11 hrs ago
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
kimLaura added the Heart Rhythm Tracker
Jul 22
Heart Rhythm Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Arrhythmias Answerers
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
1423357_tn?1373023915
Blank
tom_h
Central, MA
1807132_tn?1318747197
Blank
michellepetkus
Chicago, IL
1124887_tn?1313758491
Blank
is_something_wrong
Oslo, Norway
86819_tn?1378951092
Blank
Bromley
257552_tn?1404606154
Blank
Artaud
Pittsburgh, PA