Hi, I have almost the same thing, I have PSVT, with PVC's, and very sever panick attacks that come with the Tachycardia. I take 20mg of Propranolol twice a day along with 0.5mg of Clonazepam for the panick attacks. So far the two of them together work really well to control them. The panick attacks, to me always seem to make the PVC's worse, I don't know why, they just did. If you can find a doctor who will help, and give you something for the panick attacks.
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I have an anxiety disorder since 2004. I experienced (a lot) of panic/anxiety attack. In churches, supermarkets, at my workplace (you name it). In my twenties I experienced PVC once a year. I 2007 I started feeling them once a month. In march 2009 I started to get 10 a day! I was so stressed and shaky al over. I also experienced ventricular tachycardia, couplets (2 PVC's in a row) and some PAC's. After some test (may 2009) I was diagnosed with mild Mitral Valve Prolapse with mild regurgitation. I was born with it (I did not know that). My cardiologust put me on a beta blocker Nebivolol (Bystolic). This med controls the tachycardia but not the PVC's. Actually when I started taking the med I experienced more PVC's a day, because my heart is beating much slower.
After reading a lot of post on this forum about magnesium for PVC's, I decided to give it a try. I am taking magnesium oxide 250 mg twice a day for 8 weeks now and my PVC's have decreased considerably. There are days that I am PVC free :). I am also taking Omega 3 fish oil 2000 mg a day. I have posted some information about magnesium on this forum, maybe you can search for them. I recently got magnesium taurate. Magnesium taurate is especially made for heart problems including PVC's and it is better absorbed. I am planning to test that out to see if I will be PVC free for a longer period of time.
I will recomend you to see a cardiologist for your own peace of mind. I will recomend an echocardiogram of your heart and also a Holter monitor. In a structural normal heart PVC's are not dangerous or life treatening.
Above all you have to accept PVC's and stop worrying so much. Distract your mind. Read something, meditation, praying, gardening, etc. IF you want to talk you can message me.
I wish you well,
The reason you have a hard time is the reason so many others have a hard time - after going months without any symptoms, a repeat bout with PVCs can take you back to square one, worried and scrambling to figure out why you're having these symptoms again.
Your sternum "popping" feeling - does it feel uncomfortable to have a seat belt on? I've had that a few times, and after several tests, including chugging some very thick liquids while a fluoroscope watched it go down my gullet, I was diagnosed as being fine. Maybe a little stressed.
If you're afraid to leave your house because of the density of the air outside, it's probably safe to say that you're suffering from some anxiety. Not having insurance probably adds exponentially to the stress - hopefully Prez Obama will fix that shortly - but you might see if you can get into an urgent care clinic and possibly get a prescription for the anxiety issues, and get a cursory heart exam in the process. Having a cardiological green light can lift so much weight off your mind, but without insurance that might be hard to get. I wish I could offer some advice there - maybe a local hospital is offering free heart screenings? See if any of your local hospitals have upcoming events like that - I know we do locally.
Well, an update: I went to a county health clinic. The Dr. there believes everything is due to stress, that I am being too paranoid about previous family heart conditions. That I need to relax and not worry about things at my age. Said the PVC's are normal in most people and of no concern. She prescribed me 20mg of Cilexa and drew some blood to test for cholesterol and thyroid problems just because I wouldn't leave without some form of screening.
I am 29, heathly, and relatively active. I too have recently been having PVCs I too feel the trouble with "thicker" warmer air and trouble breathing. I also sometimes have sensations in my chest/sternum. I have always had very mild anxiety, but the PVCs have really made my anxiety soar and now I am having panic attacks. For me, the anxiety has been reduced by maintaining my blood sugar (eating regularly), and taking some vitamin supplements (magnesium, Fish Oil with Black Currant Oil, and a regular multi). I have also found that drinking OJ or taking a vitamin C when I start feeling PVC's helps.
I have had an echo, blood work, and a holter. Everything is normal minus PVCs. So, like you, everyone says don't worry--but it is so hard not to be concerned when your heart feels funny. I also worry about exercising now that I can feel the PVCs. I am afraid to bring on more....but as my grandfather said while battling cancer, "I can worry, dwell, and limit myself and possibly survive long enough.....or I can live today, enjoy it, and worry about tomorrow when it gets here." I try to remember that when I get anxious. We just have to remember that PVCs are not a death sentence...
Anyone out there have PVC's or PAC's during exercise? I tend to get a few at the start of exercise that gets my heart rate up quickly (running, stair climber, jumping jacks). They scare me so I have stopped exercising and I seem to not have them too much unless I am anxious. I have had an EKG, Echo, and bloodwork by my GP. All are normal (sinus Tachy). She said go ahead back to normal life, but I am afraid of exercising and having a heart attack or some other major heart problem. Any comments?