First off, I have had blood work and an EKG that determined I have nothing of concern (spoken to a number of doctors...).
But when I get scared/nervous/highly stressed out, I feel like a fish is flopping in my chest! They don't really last long and they don't occur every single time I am experience high emotions (but often), I get maybe 3-4 in a row at worst (beat, beat, skip, beat, beat, skip, ...etc). I have had a doc listen to it when I was very nervous during an appointment and she blew it off as changes in my blood pressure as I became nervous and adrenalin. When I relax, they go away.
Of course, sometimes the cycle goes: Nervousness, pvcs, more nervous because of pvcs, more pvcs...
I have also noticed during ovulation they occur and during menstruation, particularly when I am resting. I have also found other triggers like drinking alcohol (big huge no-no!), too much caffeine, being overtired, and too much carbs. I also noticed sometimes certain positions can create them (again, sometimes but not always), shifting my position makes them go away during those times.
Side note: I have never felt lightheaded, breathless, or any pain during these occurrences. Also, I do have an anxiety disorder but not on any meds by choice (trying to get pregnant).
My question is, what can I do besides avoiding triggers to ease them? I am afraid that if I get SUPER scared or whatever my heart will just stop (ok, that's exaggerated.. but still they are scary..)!
I forgot to add that I did have some pvcs (I felt them) recorded on an EKG when I went to the ER for a panic attack. Dr didn't say anything about it other than our heart does weird things when panicking, and once I calmed down he ordered another EKG that he said was normal...
Besides avoiding your triggers, I feel the best thing for us anxiety - prone worrying pvc sufferers is reassurance by our doctors. I am trying to get in to see my EP as my pvc's have skyrocketed from 500 a day to between 5 and 15 thousand most days. I'm sure I will hear that they are still "benign" when I am tested again, and that will help calm me down.
Good luck with yours, we're all in this together :)
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