Heart Rhythm Community
12.1k Members
Avatar universal

Heartrate, PVC/PAC's causes??

My resting heartrate has been high today aroung 120. BP is 120/84. I also get PVC/PAC's which can be a few a day to thousands a day. I had all the teats done last year which showed no apparent problems. I am out of shape and I don't eat all that well. I'm 6ft male at 195lbs. Ex athlete from about 10 to15 years ago. My cholesterol is also high which I do take meds for. I also have heart health anxiety which started about 4 years ago after my father had a stent put in his heart. Is the 120 heart rate considered AFIB or is this all due to anxiety. The skipped heart beats are the worse but luckily they haven't been too bad lately. Also my resting heartrate fluxulates all day from in the 70s to 100s and higher. Today its been around 120 all day. I get winded easy like climbing stairs which will shoot up my heart rate to 150. I don't smoke or drink caffeine. Any ideas?
4 Responses
612551 tn?1450025775
A rest HR of 120 is considered tachycardia - and too high, should be treated.  It may be related to AFib, but there is no one-to-one diagnosis here.  Most tachycardia exists without any accompanying AFib.   In my case, I have a high HR due to AFib and I take a Beta Blocker to hold the HR below 100, at rest.  My HR is also irregular, a clear sigh of AFib.  If in AFib when an EKG is done it is easily diagnosed.  Otherwise it may take a wearable monitor for one or more days to catch the error signals/irregularity.

Anxiety and emotional stress of all kinds can cause high HR and irregularity.  So, for a starter try to calm down and see if that helps.  Being able to calm down is a science in itself... and I struggle with do as I advise on this point.
177337 tn?1310063499
My doctor always told me that anything even up to 120 bpm could be due to anxiety. (expecially if it fluctuates like yours is doing).   Sounds like anxiety to me.  Try to relax a little.  (easier said than done)  The skips are not as prominent because the rate is higher.  Stop counting your pulse  and buy Dr. Claire Weeks books Peace from Nervous Suffering and Hope and Help for your Nerves.  They really helped me.  
Good luck
Avatar universal
hi oceanminded
just telling you my experience...

I went to a different dr who diagnosed me lastweek with PVC, had them for the last 7weeks since finding out my job is gone- but also find stairs VERY hard work - but I can run slowly for over an hour. I find this bizarre and not right!

I kept going to hospital at night with the palpitations - they say 'your stressed pop these metoprolol(betaloc CR) and relax'. I was stressed 6weeks ago but now im fine - yet I still get skipped beats and take one or two 23.75mg metoprolol at night. Now the palps are giving me anxiety!

Just letting you know your not the only one. I have looked up magnesium and potassium and realised I wasnt eating/preparing food correctly too. eg dicing potato instead of baking or boiling WHOLE.
The drs never said diet could help!! So im giving that a go while I wait for 24hour holter monitor test results(2weeks ago)

New Zealand
Avatar universal
I didn't know that I should dice potatoes rather than cooking them whole. Thanks for the info.
Have an Answer?
Top Arrhythmias Answerers
1807132 tn?1318747197
Chicago, IL
1423357 tn?1511089042
Central, MA
Learn About Top Answerers
Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Are there grounds to recommend coffee consumption? Recent studies perk interest.
Salt in food can hurt your heart.
Get answers to your top questions about this common — but scary — symptom
How to know when chest pain may be a sign of something else
A list of national and international resources and hotlines to help connect you to needed health and medical services.
Here’s how your baby’s growing in your body each week.