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pvc's and keeping your sanity

I have always had palpitations for the past 4 or 5 years.  My cardiologist put me on 25mg of toprol xl and they seemed to go away.  I stopped taking the toprol 2 years ago and I was switched to 20mg Inderal as needed.  I would take an Inderal maybe once every 4 or 5 months and the pvc's would again go away.  Recently in the last week or so the Pvc's returned with a vegenance.  I wound up going to the ED, then back to the cardiologist for an echo-cardiogram and a 24 hour holter monitor (both of which I am awaiting for the results of).  Meanwhile the doctor put me back on the toprol..  Anyway  I am totally freaking out about this because I know that Pvc's are considered "harmless" but it is making me a mental wreck.  The kicker of all this is that I am a nurse, so I should know better but I can't help making myself so anxious.   Any advice on how to help wrap all this around your head?

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Be careful in treating abnormal heartbeats with pharma drugs.

If the abnormal heartbeats do not cause you much difficulties,
and they are not considered lifethreatening or damaging in the long run...

Then it is not worth to risk the possible side-effects of pharma drugs.
I have read from some people that took BB's and CCB's to treat their abnormalities
like pvc's... they had success in the beginning of treatment but eventually
their problems got worse which they suspect might not have been the case
had they not decided to take pharma drugs.

In many cases pharma drugs are the best choice but in many other cases it's not.
Always do good research before u decide to take a pharmadrug longterm.
Many people regret going on many different kind of drugs ranging from anxiety, depression and even heart meds.

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About the simple fact of being annoyed by the feeling of PVC's (i guess you call this palpitations?),
this might be just a matter of getting used to it.

I have tinnitus and in the beginning i thought "god this is awful, i need to hear this tune 24/7"
but when i stopped fighting it i started to get used it...

And now, one year after i developed tinnitus I'm so used to it that i hardly ever notice the ringing.
Instead of a foreground noise my tinnitus has become a background noice just like silence.
Now that i'm talking about tinnitus this very instant i become aware of the ringing in my ears but it doesn't bug me,
and the moment i stop talking about tinnitus I will no longer notice the tinnitus. (but it would be ok if i would ;) )

I hope it is possible to develop a similar attitude towards palpitations.

------------------ Good luck with your health and all!
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I wish I had a magic answer. I've had a lifetime of arrhythmias so it's not fair for me to say, "It's no big deal." Then again, I've had a lifetime of arrhythmias and I'm still kicking at 57.

I'm not in your shoes but the only thing I can think of is that deep down inside you must be afraid that the PVC's are somehow going to hurt or kill you. Then yes, that would be upsetting. But you know that they won't. They're a nuisance like the hiccups or a twitching eyelid. If only there was an easy way to convince your feelings what your mind already knows.
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