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Pvc on stress test during recovery

I am 41 years old. Had a stress test today. Went 19 minutes on the treadmill got heart rate to 180 bpm and when she slowed the treadmill down shortly after I felt a etopic and look on the monitor and saw the pvc. She said it was the only one I had during the test. However every once in a while when I am working out I will fell a couple either durning exercise or recovery. Have not gotten results back from the doctor yet but I am concerned about the recovery pvcs because everything I have read on the internet about recovery pvcs are concerning and was wondering if it is uncommon to have them and if I should be concerned. Echo and echo stress test I had two years ago are normal. Thanks
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Try not to worry. I get these too!  They are bothersome but unless you're told otherwise, nothing  to worry about.

I was diagnosed with RVOT-VT earlier this year, during recovery phase in exercise I would go into sustained VT. I had an ablation in August, and now I just get about 1k PVCs a day, approx 0.5% of my total heartbeats are PVCs and I get them still when recovering in exercise, but I've been told not to worry and just to try and move on with my life which is what I am doing now :)
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Did they ever say what was causing the v-tach in recovery?
To be honest I'm not 100% sure!! All I know is my VT was caused by a collection of cells acting up, rather than a dead part of the heart, ie. I have a structurally normal heart. This is important, as VT is the word that scares people, but 10% of VT is in a structurally normal heart, and as it's just a collection of cells, it won't degrade into VF or sudden cardiac death. If VT is in a structurally abnormal heart, rather than just a collection of cells it's like a scar and this can create a circuit which is much more dangerous.
P.s. if you read about outflow tract VT (in my case I have right-ventricular outflow tract VT) ignore any mention of ARVC/D as it's the grim disease and something your team would rule out very quickly if they had an inkling that you had it.  The pieces on RVOTVT should help keep your anxiety at bay and help explain why it's a benign condition, how PVCs and VT can happen during/post exercise and how it's not something to worry about.
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I get them during recovery as well.
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I am 58 yo, had NSVT and about 15% PVC with bigeminies. Had second ablation that created a lot of PV during 2 weeks of recovery, then none between 3-8 week, and now 14 weeks - have them back a lot 21% of them in 24 hours, worse than before. May be I overstretched in weeks 3-8, with moderate load though - nothing drastical, as it was the first time I was PVC free (100 in a day) in about 10 years, or may be the ablation missed the key point. Now taking propafenone with dose increase, with so far moderate effect, but seem to be working a bit. Good luck to you!
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Hey
those studies quantify them at least 10% of all beats. And you would certainly notice that. Secondly, its only relevant for people with structural heart disease as I was told by several cardiologists, including a professor.

Having PVCs after exercise is normal when the frequency changes (excess adrenaline!).
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Oh and you shouldnt scare yourself... cause that will cause them too :D
Thanks thc321 that’s good information. The lady doing the stress test said that was the only one out of all those beats and I went 19 minutes on the treadmill and she said she only sees someone go that long only three to four times a year and that the majority of people do throw pvcs at some point during the test. Still reading on the internet about recovery pvcs is frightening and they don’t clarify on the frequency.
I actually made the effort to read a paper :D. Frequent pvc was defined at 10% of all beats which ist very high. Still, its prognostic only for people with abnormal hearts as said by my docs.

But as an anxiety sufferer I learned that reading such stuff is NOT a good idea!
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