there are others on here that could probably get alot more "technical" with you on the terms..( Like jerry..I love his info..hes so informed about this stuff) but PVCs are Premature VENTRICLE Contractions, and PACs, Premature Atrial Contractions..in other words, skipped, or extra beats, in the bottom (Ventricle) or top (atrial) of your heart. Electrical system of the heart a bit wacky. But my cardiologist tells me PVCs and PACs are totally harmless---and I have thousands a day some days. Harmless, in an otherwise healthy heart that is. Ive been through every cardiac test there is...and have been told over and over and over...to "ignore them" ( yea..right!!!) and that they are not life threatening. You would think that I would "get it"..and believe him. I do believe him, but when I am having them (daily) its hard to just ignore them. I do it--I even workout--hard--with them--but i can never ignore them.
THANKYOU,cindy....guess what I had read was off the mark,completly
new here..could you explain abbreviations PVC's...PAC's..?..thanks
I too am on antenolol for atrial fib and irregular heart beats and i agree w. ihatepalps....that is one of the things that antenolol is a directive for and like our other poster it works great for me in blocking the adrenaline rushes which used to cause the atrial fib to act out....beta blockers are just that .....they relax the heart so it doesn't have a chance to get crazy on us....i personally think its a wonder med and the new black LOL
THANKYOU...for your opinion and experience .....just had read a lil on the issue and was stated as beta blockers slow the heart rate could be the cause of irregular beats ..atrial fib..increase
hi.. Im certainly no doctor..but I have had PVCs..PACs...irregular heartbeats for 17 years...so I AM "experienced" at them!!! I was put on Atenolol FOR the control of the palpitations. That was the reason behind taking it. I was on Aten for 16 years. A long time. I never had any side effects whatsoever....and it did help control them...for most of those years. But then...just last year they started "breaking thru"...and my cardiologist just determined that I had been on it for so very long, that maybe it was time for a change..that my body had gotten so used to the Atenolol that it wasnt stopping them. Well, Im now on Metoprolol...and thats doing a very LOUSY job...so ....now Im totally messed up and having them every single day.
But..as far as the Aten goes...thats why I was put on it...