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61536 tn?1340701763

Tell Me About Your PVCs

I have some questions to see how others measure up.  Just thought it might be an interesting thread for people to understand each other a bit.

1. How long have you had PVCs?

2. On average, how many per day?

3. Do you have episodes where you have absolutely no PVCs at all?

4. What is your list of food/beverage triggers?

5. What is your list of non-edible triggers?

6. Do you have GERD, and if so, do you think it aggravates your PVCs?

7. Do you have or have you ever had any structural heart problems or heart disease?

8. For women, do your PVCs increase with shifts in hormones?  How did pregnancy affect your PVCs?

9. Do your PVCs disappear with exercise, become worse with exercise or are they about the same no matter what you're doing?

10.  Have you ever exeprienced bigeminy, trigeminy, couplets, triplets, NSVT or VT?

11.  Do you have a pacemaker or ICD?

12.  Do you (or have you ever) taken medication to help control your PVCs?  If so, did it help, make them worse or cause no change?

13. Do you have a non-cardiac condition that causes or irritates your PVCs (thyroid, hormone problems)?

14. What have you found that HELPS your PVCs (symptoms/anxiety)?  This can be meditation, vitamin supplements, anxiety medication, exercise - anything that helps you deal.

I'll answer below too.  I think it will be interesting to see how people respond.

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343765 tn?1202526132
Well you have lots of questions but I can try to answer the best I can,
I have had PVC's and PVC's for 37 years minus 6 of those due to RFA. They now have returned but not the SVT's (Thank God)
2. After 6 years of being free of them I have about 10,000 a day. WOW!!!
3. Yes, I don't talk about it when I do because when I think they are gone I get a big case of them. Mind over matter.
4.Sugar, Caffeine, Large meals are my big ones.
5.Lying on my left side, sitting after eating, bending over too fast.
6.Very Bad, I can't tell if it does or not since I have them so often.
7.I was born with a heart defect. I had 2 A-nodes instead of one. I had 5 flaps of skin grown over my electrial path and I had it ablated and am looking at another ablation soon.
8. Not really. Pregnancy was not good on me, but when I was having my babies I did not have one PVC or PAC.
9.Actually exercise makes mine stop.. well I say stop it could be that I am not sitting waiting for the next one.
10.Many times. Everyday for the last 4 months especially.
11.NO
12.Yes. Atenelol and now Metropolol. I can't tell much diference. I also take Xanax with it. The Atenelol helped for years but stopped and it slowed my heart rate down very slow. The Metropolol is not working I don't think as good as the other.
13.NO
14.Ihave found nothing and if you haveany suggestions please HELP!! I have cut out things that I know that triggers it but nothing ever makes them stop.

I am so tired of these things that I would love to have a normal body. I hate them. They scare me after all these years and I am aware of everyone of my heratbeats. It stinks. I want to be free forever from them. I wish there was a cure I would do whatever it takes to stop them.
Hope I have answered some of yoru questions.
Karen
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1. How long have you had PVCs?  about 15 years

2. On average, how many per day? at least 100's! I also have PACs and palpitations.

3. Do you have episodes where you have absolutely no PVCs at all? I don't know if I don't have any at all, but there are times when I don't feel them.

4. What is your list of food/beverage triggers? I haven't figured out a trigger yet.  I don't drink caffeine or eat chocolate and never drink alcohol.

5. What is your list of non-edible triggers? stress, lack of sleep - but I get them regardless of what I do, it seems.

6. Do you have GERD, and if so, do you think it aggravates your PVCs? Yes, I have GERD, but I don't think it aggravates my PVCs.

7. Do you have or have you ever had any structural heart problems or heart disease? I currently have a blocked coronary artery which has created collaterol vessels on it's own.  But, I've had PVC and PACs longer than I've had the blocked artery.

8. For women, do your PVCs increase with shifts in hormones?  How did pregnancy affect your PVCs? Mine were always worse the week before my period, and got really bad when i was going throgh the beginning stages of menopause.

9. Do your PVCs disappear with exercise, become worse with exercise or are they about the same no matter what you're doing? They seem to get worse when I first start excersing, but if I keep on a routine, sometimes they get a little better.

10.  Have you ever exeprienced bigeminy, trigeminy, couplets, triplets, NSVT or VT? Yes - and a recent event monitor showed a run of 8 that may have been atrial fibrillation.

11.  Do you have a pacemaker or ICD? no

12.  Do you (or have you ever) taken medication to help control your PVCs?  If so, did it help, make them worse or cause no change?  I used to take atenolol and now am on 50mg of Toprol XL.

13. Do you have a non-cardiac condition that causes or irritates your PVCs (thyroid, hormone problems)? no

14. What have you found that HELPS your PVCs (symptoms/anxiety)?  This can be meditation, vitamin supplements, anxiety medication, exercise - anything that helps you deal.  Sometimes a xanax will help - I don't know if it lessens the number of PVCs, but it helps me worry about them less.

I'll answer below too.  I think it will be interesting to see how people respond.
21064 tn?1309312333
1. At least 30 years (wish I could say I'm only 31.....lol)

2. A handful post ablation, some isolated, bigeminy, nsvt, but with no frequency; pre ablation was having at least 20,000/day

3. Yes, I do now!

4. Caffeinated sodas were definite triggers for me.  No Pepsi, Coke or Dr. Pepper : (
    MSG and anytime I had a gastro flare up from spicy, oniony, oriental, greasy foods.

5. Sleep deprivation and anxiety were big triggers for PVC's.  Other times, nothing at all would precede major "storms" of PVC's.

6. No

7. I have valve disease (MR), but no know CAD

8. When I was having a lot of PVC's, hormonal fluctuations were catalysts.  I know they were active during pregnancies because my GYN is the one who kept insisting I see a cardio.

9. My PVC's used to improve with exercise, but as soon as I was back to a normal resting pulse, they were back..

10.  Lots of periods of chronic bigeminy, trigeminy.  Thousands of couplets; frequent bouts of NSVT.

11. No pacemaker or ICD?

12. I have taken Inderal, flecainide and rhythmol.  The Inderal worked for many years, and still does for flareups.  The SCB's helped a lot, but I didn't like the side effects.

13. Hormonal fluctuations used to aggravate the PVC's

14. What helped me most was FINALLY believing that they were benign.  This forum has been a HUGE help to me.  Just knowing that other people were dealing with the same issues was like "medicine."  I'm still careful what I eat (asian food is a gamble, but I love it; fast food only on occasion; better sleep habits).  Reading and relaxing had no effect on the PVC's when they were frequent.  I find great comfort in being able to use a BB as needed.  It is like insurance in my pocket, but not something I have to rely on daily.

Great idea anacyde!!
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1) I've had PVC's since my 2 ablations for IST in 2003--so for almost 5 years.
2) I only get 15-20 per day unless something triggers my bigeminy, then I get lots more.
3) No
4) Alcohol, too much sugar, coffee
5) Bending over, squatting, laughing hard, cold air, getting angry or overly upset will give me bigeminy for several minutes.
6) yes and yes.
7) No
8) Yes. I developed IST as a result of pregnancy
9) Worse with exercise until I get my HR high enough that it outpaces the PVC's.
10) Bigeminy, couplets
11) No
12) Toprol XL. I feel them less strongly.
13) GERD
14) A daily vitamin, Gatorade, lots of prayer!
61536 tn?1340701763
1. How long have you had PVCs?
I've had the atrial ectopy since I was a child, and the PVCs came on the scene around age 17.

2. On average, how many per day?
Anywhere from zero to 200.

3. Do you have episodes where you have absolutely no PVCs at all?
For years at a time they vanish, but when the come, wow, they are relentless.

4. What is your list of food/beverage triggers?
Caffeine triggers both PAC/PVCs.

5. What is your list of non-edible triggers?
Sitting hunched forward, laying on my left side too quickly after getting in bed, rapid changes in position (also true for PACs).

6. Do you have GERD, and if so, do you think it aggravates your PVCs?
Yes, and yes.  When I have particularly severe GERD flare-ups, I notice far more ectopics.  I suspect the vagus nerve is a roleplayer here.

7. Do you have or have you ever had any structural heart problems or heart disease?
I had an enlarged heart following (and due to) my second pregnancy, though amazingly I had no PVCs during that.  Had plenty of unrelated PACs though.

8. For women, do your PVCs increase with shifts in hormones?  How did pregnancy affect your PVCs?
Pregnancy caused my PACs and PVCs to flare up in the early weeks, around 12 weeks, again around 26-28 weeks and once more following delivery.  PVCs tend to occur with periods, PACs tend to occur mid-cycle.  There are no hard and fast rules on this, however.

9. Do your PVCs disappear with exercise, become worse with exercise or are they about the same no matter what you're doing?
It depends on what kind of mood they're in lol

10.  Have you ever exeprienced bigeminy, trigeminy, couplets, triplets, NSVT or VT?
I have no proof as of yet, but I suspect ventricular couplets.  I know I have atrial couplets and supraventricular tachycardia.

11.  Do you have a pacemaker or ICD?
No.

12.  Do you (or have you ever) taken medication to help control your PVCs?  If so, did it help, make them worse or cause no change?
No.

13. Do you have a non-cardiac condition that causes or irritates your PVCs (thyroid, hormone problems)?
They keep testing my thyroid, but it keeps coming back totally normal, so no.

14. What have you found that HELPS your PVCs (symptoms/anxiety)?  This can be meditation, vitamin supplements, anxiety medication, exercise - anything that helps you deal.
I love my tibetan singing bowl, it's so awesome.  Regular exercise and just staying active as to be focused on other things.  Yoga is pretty awesome, though I wish I had more time for it.  And this forum!  
Avatar universal
Great idea!!!


1. How long have you had PVCs?  about 18 years

2. On average, how many per day? Some days I may just have a few. Other days--has to be hundreds.

3. Do you have episodes where you have absolutely no PVCs at all? Yes...but..Im fooled too, because I will think Im having a good day--and will ( out of habit--) take my pulse..and I will feel the skips and jumps--even when I cant feel them myself.

4. What is your list of food/beverage triggers? Well, I have cut out EVERY drop of caffeine- but once in a while, I will gamble and eat some chocolate..I love it sooo much...but very rarely have any..thats a big trigger for me. Anything spicy..with MSG as well.

5. What is your list of non-edible triggers? For me, a BIG trigger is just simply EATING! I can be having zero palps...and I will eat a regular meal, and within moments after eating...they are suddenly there...fast and furious. Its horrible. Also fear--and my ever present General Anxiety.

6. Do you have GERD, and if so, do you think it aggravates your PVCs? Ive never been formally diagnosed with GERD....but I do have heartburn on occasion...I think it does aggravate PVCS, but I do not know why.

7. Do you have or have you ever had any structural heart problems or heart disease? After much testing, absolutly no heart disease at this moment.

8. For women, do your PVCs increase with shifts in hormones?  How did pregnancy affect your PVCs?   I can tell when Im PMS-my palps will increase. I did not have ANY palpitations during 3 pregnancys...but the first time i had them, was in the hospital after the birth of my last child, 18 years ago. I actually experienced my first panic attack that same night--I didnt know WHAT was going on with me that night, but it was the start of everything!

9. Do your PVCs disappear with exercise, become worse with exercise or are they about the same no matter what you're doing? They do disappear--briefly. For example--I take the stairs DOWN, every night at work. Thats 72 steps. During the trip down, no palps. The walk to the car. No palps. I get in the car, heart pounding a bit, but regular rhythm....but as it slows....they come back stronger than ever...jumping all over.

10.  Have you ever exeprienced bigeminy, trigeminy, couplets, triplets, NSVT or VT? I do not know what some of those terms mean---but I know I have bigeminy and trigeminy...and probably couplets too....just not sure....


11.  Do you have a pacemaker or ICD? Nope

12.  Do you (or have you ever) taken medication to help control your PVCs?  If so, did it help, make them worse or cause no change?

Yes. Im on 100mg Atenolol, for years now. I still have tons of palps...but I just think of how many I would have if I WASNT on the Atenolol. I have major anxiety issues ...so I am on Xanax---like someone else here said, Xanax doesnt lessen the palps...but it lessens my terror when Im having them.

13. Do you have a non-cardiac condition that causes or irritates your PVCs (thyroid, hormone problems)? Not sure....dont think so.

14. What have you found that HELPS your PVCs (symptoms/anxiety)?  This can be meditation, vitamin supplements, anxiety medication, exercise - anything that helps you deal.  Well, coming here makes me feel alot better...doesnt lessen the palps, but relaxs me a bit. This, and the Xanax. I pray nightly that my palpitations will go away. They do affect my quality of life....I get so Tired of worrying about them.
363281 tn?1518219421
1. How long have you had PVCs? They started when I was in my early 20's, not many then even though, just a few episodes, then, for about 20 or more years, I did not have any, then, after my mother was stricken with her heart attack and we were in and out of hospitals so much, they started up again in 2004. Since 2004, I have had them on occassion, sometimes have gone many months without any, my biggest flare up has been this year since April, I have noticed them a lot more.

2. On average, how many per day? zero to 3 a day

3. Do you have episodes where you have absolutely no PVCs at all? Yes, many times, as I said, I can go weeks and months without any, then, bingo, here they are again.

4. What is your list of food/beverage triggers? Caffeine, chocolate, water if I drink a lot. Actually, anything if I over do it as it makes me full, and that will trigger the flops.

5. What is your list of non-edible triggers? STRESS, ANXIETY, WORRY, bending down, lying down on my left side, sometimes nothing, they just decide to show up.

6. Do you have GERDGastroesophageal reflux disease, and if so, do you think it aggravates your PVCs? Yes, I have GERD, mainly felt only in my throat, and YES, I definately feel they aggravate these things. I think they may also be related to having a hiatal hernia, cause when that acts up, so can the flutters.

7. Do you have or have you ever had any structural heart problems or heart disease No

8. For women, do your PVCs increase with shifts in hormones?  Yes, the first two days of my period, I will definately notice more, especiallly when I lie down, I have never been pregnant, so, I do not know. I think hormones play a big part in having these, and also going through menopause or peri-menopause

9. Do your PVCs disappear with exercise, become worse with exercise, or are they about the same no matter what you are doing? Well, I really have not had many while exercising, mainly just a "dropping in my tummy" feeling when I exercise, if that even. They are never worse.


10.  Have you ever exeprienced bigeminy, trigeminy, couplets, triplets, NSVT or VT? I think I have had bigeminy and trigeminy, I am not sure about the couplets or triplets. I may have had NSVT only once when I was in my early twenties going through lots of stress, my heart beat super fast for a few seconds then calmed down, I have not experienced that since, praise God.

11.  Do you have a pacemaker or ICD? No

12.  Do you (or have you ever) taken medication to help control your PVC's? No

13. Do you have a non-cardiac condition that causes or irritates your PVC's? No

14. What have you found that HELPS your PVCs? Prayers, reading about others on this forum knowing I am not alone, chiropractor treatments, acupuncture and cranial sacral, CoQ10, magnesium, Carnetine, iodine, and a good "B" vitamin. However, most of the time, nothing, they scare me so badly, that I absolutely go nuts even if I feel just one little "blurp" Also, depends on my mood, if I am in an upbeat mood, they do not bother me as much, if I am depressed or anxious however, watch out, I am really scared them.
61536 tn?1340701763
I find it interesting that a couple of people have mentioned eating as a trigger.  That's a big one for me too, and I'm curious as to why.
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1. How long have you had PVCs?  

Have had them infrequently for years but only became bothersome after a bout with the flu one year ago.  Also have SVT which is way worse.

2. On average, how many per day?  

I'm not really sure but I have them all day.

3. Do you have episodes where you have absolutely no PVCs at all?  

Sometimes but this is getting to be less and less.

4. What is your list of food/beverage triggers?  

Definitely alcohol or eating a big meal.

5. What is your list of non-edible triggers?  

Anxiety provoking situations like being late for an important meeting.  Post-exercise.

6. Do you have GERD, and if so, do you think it aggravates your PVCs?  

No GERD.

7. Do you have or have you ever had any structural heart problems or heart disease?  

No.

8. For women, do your PVCs increase with shifts in hormones?  How did pregnancy affect your PVCs?  

No.

9. Do your PVCs disappear with exercise, become worse with exercise or are they about the same no matter what you're doing?  

Sometimes it's hard to exercise but definitely worse post-exercise 95% of the time.  When running, I need to stop quite a bit to catch my breath.

10.  Have you ever exeprienced bigeminy, trigeminy, couplets, triplets, NSVT or VT?  

Trigeminy and SVT.

11.  Do you have a pacemaker or ICD?  

No.

12.  Do you (or have you ever) taken medication to help control your PVCs?  If so, did it help, make them worse or cause no change?  

Metoprolol but could not tolerate this.  Then Cardizem which worked really well for about 4 months.  

13. Do you have a non-cardiac condition that causes or irritates your PVCs (thyroid, hormone problems)?  

No.

14. What have you found that HELPS your PVCs (symptoms/anxiety)?  This can be meditation, vitamin supplements, anxiety medication, exercise - anything that helps you deal.  

Except for the dizziness, they don't bother me a whole lot even though I feel them most of the time.  When I'm having an episode of SVT, I take deep calming breaths and this seems to help.
Avatar universal
1.How long have you hed PVC? Since 1993 that I know of and went to the Dr. Was put on rhythmol because I was so worry about them. I guess it helps there is monthes and days I don't feel anything. But then there is days and week there all the time. The Dr. told me rhythmol will not stop them completely.
2.On a average they seem to be all the time in the thousands and every day. This time I have had them for 6 days off and on.
3. Yes I have episodes where I have none or at least I don't feel them. Its been 1 year and I had none now I'm back to every day all day and night. So I worry because I forget how they feel.
4.I don't know of food or beverage that triggers them maybe sweets or I'm going to cut that out.
5.none
Avatar universal
Sorry about that I push enter.
6.No I do not have GERD
7. No structural or heart  problems heart disease that I know of from my ck up in may 2207 which was a echo and stree test.
8.Yes I think they increase with shifts in hormones. I started having them after my last pregnancy. I had trouble having my baby and they gave me something and what every it was I think started my PVC
9.My PVC disappear with exercise or when I'm moveing on a fast pace day.
10.No I never experienced bigemint. trigeminy,couplets, triplets NSVT, VT
11 No I do not have a pacemaker or ICD
12Yes I take Rhythmol I think it helps or I would hae a lot more
13.I have a non cardiac conditionthey thought thyroid but that was normal. DR. said 10% don't know why they have them. I think they run in family my dad has them his two sister and there daughters have them.
14.Going to the Dr. or calling him and telling me not to worry he's not worry one week I called him twice and he told me the same thing.He is not concern. I have high anxiety and stess. It seem when I'm high stress I don't have them but then when I'm not I have them.
I know I want them to go away there taking over my life.
At least I'm not alone and its interesting to read about other people having the same problems.
255722 tn?1452550141
Nice thread.  Here goes...

1. I've had PVC's for 7 years...since the birth of my first child.

2. I have been clocked at 1500 per day, but that's during a bad run.  

3.  I don't know if I ever have "No PVC's at all"  but I have periods of time when I don't notice them at all.  I love those times :-)

4.  Caffeine triggers mine.  And the occasional red wine will as well.  But usually they just show up when they want to.

5.  If it is really hot outside or if I'm sick or have not gotten enough rest the PVC's are MUCH worse.

6.  I have a hiatal (sp?) hernia which is controlled 100% by Prilosec.  I got this after already having had PVC's for 4 years, so I wouldn't say it is a trigger.  

7.  I do not have a structural deficiency or heart defect of any kind.  Though, while going through all the tests required for this mess I was told I had an atrial wall aneurysm.  This means that the wall between my two atria moves slightly when my heart pumps.  I was told that 90% of the population has this, but it's never found because it is not abnormal :-)  (So why call it an aneurysm and scare me to death???)

8.  That time of month is most definitely a trigger for my PVC's.  So yes...hormones affect them. But, when I was pregnant I had NONE!!!  NONE!!!!!!!!  Then, when I weaned my babies they hit like a wall of bricks!!!

9.  More exercise increases my PVC's.  But I think it is a fatigue factor more than a heart issue.  When I do too much it makes me physically tired, and if I don't get enough rest it causes my PVC's to act up.

10.  I have had issues with bigeminy, but it's all mixed in with the rest of it.  I also have issues with short spurts of SVT--thank GOD they seem few and far between.  Finally...I suffer from vasovagal syndrome which causes my HR to drop to as low as 11 beats/min when I pass out.

11.  No pacemaker or ICD.

12. I take 12.5 mg of Metoprolol daily.  Seems to help.

13.  No other health triggers known.

14.  SLEEP helps and I take Magnesium and fish oil supplements (but I think they are purely placebo)



8.  
Avatar universal
1. How long have you had PVCs? I have had them on and off for about 15 years

2. On average, how many per day? Holter caught over 3000

3. Do you have episodes where you have absolutely no PVCs at all? At least I don't feel them some days

4. What is your list of food/beverage triggers? not sure

5. What is your list of non-edible triggers?any kind of stress or worry

6. Do you have GERDGastroesophageal reflux disease, and if so, do you think it aggravates your PVCs? yes and yes I have an esophageal stricture that has been stretched twice

7. Do you have or have you ever had any structural heartCongenital heart disease? no


8. For women, do your PVCs increase with shifts in hormones?  yes

Pregnancy - health risks affect your PVCs? I had hardly no pvc while pregnant

9. Do your PVCs disappear with exerciseAerobic exercise? don't know I am too scared to try.
Aging and exercise


are they about the same no matter what you're doing? yes

10.  Have you ever exeprienced bigeminy, trigeminy, couplets, triplets, NSVT or VT? I think so but only one or two couplets have been documented

11.  Do you have a pacemaker or ICD? No

12.  Do you (or have you ever) taken medication
   to help control your PVCs?  If so, did it help, make them worse or cause no change? I have been on beta blocker, Ativan, Paxil and lexapro.  Some help but not completely.




335873 tn?1264917069
1. How long have you had PVCs?
6 years.

2. On average, how many per day?
On a really good day, couplets two or three times an hour that go away by noon, rest of the day palp free. On a bad day, episodes of Afib throughout the day lasting up to 2 hours with 2 to 3 hour intervals.

3. Do you have episodes where you have absolutely no PVCs at all?
See #2

4. What is your list of food/beverage triggers?
A heavier than usual lunch can do it, also caffiene, of course. Drinking something ice cold sometimes will trigger a mini PVC episode lasting up to a minute.

5. What is your list of non-edible triggers?
Poor sleep and stress.

6. Do you have GERD, and if so, do you think it aggravates your PVCs?
No GERD. I've got a cast iron stomach.

7. Do you have or have you ever had any structural heart problems or heart disease?
Heart is structurally normal. Actually my last treadmill and ultrasound were better than three years ago.

8. For women, do your PVCs increase with shifts in hormones?  How did pregnancy affect your PVCs?
My hat's off to the ladies. I can imagine how bad and scary that could be.

9. Do your PVCs disappear with exercise, become worse with exercise or are they about the same no matter what you're doing?
They go away with exercise. When I'm having a bad run of palps, I go for a brisk walk and they go away...for a while anyway. they always return  

10.  Have you ever exeprienced bigeminy, trigeminy, couplets, triplets, NSVT or VT?
Mostly runs of couplets, but the afib episodes are the ones that really scare me.

11.  Do you have a pacemaker or ICD?
No. My 83 y.o. mom has had one for 20 years. She still gets Afib occasionally.

12.  Do you (or have you ever) taken medication to help control your PVCs?  If so, did it help, make them worse or cause no change?
I'm on Toprol 100mgs, Digoxin 0.25mg. It doesn't do the job as much as I'd like. One day I skipped the meds and learned a lesson. I'd be miserable without them.

13. Do you have a non-cardiac condition that causes or irritates your PVCs (thyroid, hormone problems)?
No.

14. What have you found that HELPS your PVCs (symptoms/anxiety)?  This can be meditation, vitamin supplements, anxiety medication, exercise - anything that helps you deal.
I take Fish Oil, I think that helps. I've tried anti-anxiety meds but don't like the side effects. What helps keep me going is the assurance by my cardiologist that new ablation treatments are in the pipeline that will cure this, finally.
Avatar universal
1. How long have you had PVCs?
25 years at least.

2. On average, how many per day?
Sometimes none noticed, some days every few beats day and night for several days.

3. Do you have episodes where you have absolutely no PVCs at all?
See #2

4. What is your list of food/beverage triggers?
Not sure. Can go for weeks having a coffee a day and a few teas without any noticeable PVC's.  Too much sugar may be a trigger.

5. What is your list of non-edible triggers?
Poor sleep and stress.

6. Do you have GERD, and if so, do you think it aggravates your PVCs?
Yes I do, possible aggravates PVC's.

7. Do you have or have you ever had any structural heart problems or heart disease?
No, have been checked by Cardiologist.

8. For women, do your PVCs increase with shifts in hormones?  How did pregnancy affect your PVCs?
N/A

9. Do your PVCs disappear with exercise, become worse with exercise or are they about the same no matter what you're doing?
Sometimes can get worse with exercise.  

10.  Have you ever exeprienced bigeminy, trigeminy, couplets, triplets, NSVT or VT?
Not to my knowledge.

11.  Do you have a pacemaker or ICD?
No and no family history of heart disease.

12.  Do you (or have you ever) taken medication to help control your PVCs?  No, only occasional Diazepam to help with anxiety.

13. Do you have a non-cardiac condition that causes or irritates your PVCs (thyroid, hormone problems)?
No.

14. What have you found that HELPS your PVCs (symptoms/anxiety)?  Stay off caffeine (although not sure if this is beneficial) and anything sugary.


375012 tn?1199220406
1. How long have you had PVCs?
diagnosed with PACs for a year, felt them for about 5 yrs
2. On average, how many per day?
3000-4000
3. Do you have episodes where you have absolutely no PVCs at all?
yes, sometimes for months on end i could have none at all
4. What is your list of food/beverage triggers?
I honestly dont know
5. What is your list of non-edible triggers?
Dont know
6. Do you have GERD, and if so, do you think it aggravates your PVCs?
Yes, I have GERD, Sometime i think it does affect my PACs
7. Do you have or have you ever had any structural heart problems or heart disease?
none at all
8. For women, do your PVCs increase with shifts in hormones?  How did pregnancy affect your PVCs?
MALE
9. Do your PVCs disappear with exercise, become worse with exercise or are they about the same no matter what you're doing?
I feel I have more when I exert myself
10.  Have you ever exeprienced bigeminy, trigeminy, couplets, triplets, NSVT or VT?
not that i know of
11.  Do you have a pacemaker or ICD?
no
12.  Do you (or have you ever) taken medication to help control your PVCs?  If so, did it help, make them worse or cause no change?
I take metoprolol. Ive been on it for 2 months now and i feel no change
13. Do you have a non-cardiac condition that causes or irritates your PVCs (thyroid, hormone problems)?
Recently my Dr. found a cyst on my thyroid. Im still going for tests to see what it is
14. What have you found that HELPS your PVCs (symptoms/anxiety)?  This can be meditation, vitamin supplements, anxiety medication, exercise - anything that helps you deal.
I have not, to this day, found anything to help me. My anxiety gets worse with my PACs. The only thing i do is try to think of my cardiologist saying they arent serious which doent really help because I feel like they are serious and I some how always end up thinking the Dr.s are missing something.
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1 - 45 yrs
2 - thousands
3 - Yes
4 - None
5 - emotional stress, lack of sleep
6 - Don't have GERD
7 - No heart disease
8 - never had an effect on me
9 - either way, sometimes during exercise, sometimes not
10- All of it except for NSVT+VT
11- No
12- For a short time (Xanax) it made them three times as bad, never again.
13- No
14- Losing the fear of it and TRUSTING what the Cardiologist told me that they wont kill me

Avatar universal
1. How long have you had PVCs?
At least 13 years but only very few until pregnancy last year.

2. On average, how many per day?
During pregnancy- 2000ish
After pregnancy -500ish
On acebutolol- 20 to 30 or less.

3. Do you have episodes where you have absolutely no PVCs at all?
Not sure. Perhaps the occasional day.

4. What is your list of food/beverage triggers? Caffeine

5. What is your list of non-edible triggers? Nervousness/excitement. Viral infections.

6. Do you have GERD, and if so, do you think it aggravates your PVCs? N/A

7. Do you have or have you ever had any structural heart problems or heart disease? No

8. For women, do your PVCs increase with shifts in hormones?  How did pregnancy affect your PVCs? Started getting thousands per day in pregnancy last trimester) Only ever had a few PVCs per day before that and used to ignore them.

9. Do your PVCs disappear with exercise, become worse with exercise or are they about the same no matter what you're doing?
The same with exercise but increase during sleep (probably due to slow heart rate). Holter showed 100 per hour during sleep reducing to 30 per hour after wakening.

10.  Have you ever exeprienced bigeminy, trigeminy, couplets, triplets, NSVT or VT? Bigeminy, trigeminy, nsvt. Don't think I've had VT but I had a sustained arrhythmia last week that has yet to be identified.

11.  Do you have a pacemaker or ICD? No

12.  Do you (or have you ever) taken medication to help control your PVCs?  If so, did it help, make them worse or cause no change? Acebutolol gave me an approximately 90% reduction in frequency.

13. Do you have a non-cardiac condition that causes or irritates your PVCs (thyroid, hormone problems)?No.

14. What have you found that HELPS your PVCs (symptoms/anxiety)?  This can be meditation, vitamin supplements, anxiety medication, exercise - anything that helps you deal.
Reading the statistics about PVCs helped relieve the anxiety, and this website.
376186 tn?1219283105
I have some questions to see how others measure up.  Just thought it might be an interesting thread for people to understand each other a bit.

1. How long have you had PVCs? I am 62, with MVP and I have had these 'skips' for years and years, but they have gotten much more numerous recently.

2. On average, how many per day? 100's-1000's w'sustained ones too.

3. Do you have episodes where you have absolutely no PVCs at all? There are hardly any days now where I do not have any at all..I can not rem any, actually!

4. What is your list of food/beverage triggers? Can not pinpoint any, but I do not do caffeine, alcohol, cigs, and try to eat healthfully.

5. What is your list of non-edible triggers? Don't know.

6. Do you have GERD, and if so, do you think it aggravates your PVCs? Don't have it.

7. Do you have or have you ever had any structural heart problems or heart disease?No.

8. For women, do your PVCs increase with shifts in hormones?  How did pregnancy affect your PVCs? I don't rem having any trouble w/pregnancy's but that was so long ago!

9. Do your PVCs disappear with exercise, become worse with exercise or are they about the same no matter what you're doing? Stay the same..I never know from one min to the next.

10.  Have you ever exeprienced bigeminy, trigeminy, couplets, triplets, NSVT or VT? Yes

11.  Do you have a pacemaker or ICD? No

12.  Do you (or have you ever) taken medication to help control your PVCs?  If so, did it help, make them worse or cause no change?

13. Do you have a non-cardiac condition that causes or irritates your PVCs (thyroid, hormone problems)? No

14. What have you found that HELPS your PVCs (symptoms/anxiety)?  This can be meditation, vitamin supplements, anxiety medication, exercise - anything that helps you deal. I wish  I had a whole list of things and I do take vitamins, extra magnesium, fish oil, drink lots of water, exercise....I have tried meditation but my mind will not stop long enough to do it.

Thanks for these great questions~~~
357434 tn?1199408721


I am 38

1. How long have you had PVCs? about 4yrs

2. On average, how many per day? holter stated about 1500

3. Do you have episodes where you have absolutely no PVCs at all? not that i have noticed

4. What is your list of food/beverage triggers? chocolate if  I eat to much ...caffine

5. What is your list of non-edible triggers? stress..anxiety..even if i'm relaxed  they come all the time

6. Do you have GERD, and if so, do you think it aggravates your PVCs? no gerd

7. Do you have or have you ever had any structural heart problems or heart disease? yes....congential heart disease...I have had 4x bypass 09/2003, mycardio infractions

8. For women, do your PVCs increase with shifts in hormones?  How did pregnancy affect your PVCs? not that i have ever noticed

9. Do your PVCs disappear with exercise, become worse with exercise or are they about the same no matter what you're doing? scared to exercise to find out had a 3 beat tac when I had my last stress test done in 4/07 did'nt feel it but showed up on ekg...nurse freaked ..scared the heck out of me..

10.  Have you ever exeprienced bigeminy, trigeminy, couplets, triplets, NSVT or VT? holter said i had a few couplets ..not sure the difference my heart just always feels like it is fluttering all day..I do feel the premature beats they said i have from holter...

11.  Do you have a pacemaker or ICD? no

12.  Do you (or have you ever) taken medication to help control your PVCs?  If so, did it help, make them worse or cause no change? I was on toprol xl at 50mg aday before the pvc complaint and now they lowered it to 25mg aday as I have bracardia down to 33pulse at sleep...seems to help with the lower dose of toprol xl

13. Do you have a non-cardiac condition that causes or irritates your PVCs (thyroid, hormone problems)? no

14. What have you found that HELPS your PVCs (symptoms/anxiety)?  This can be meditation, vitamin supplements, anxiety medication, exercise - anything that helps you deal.  xanax seems to help if i take it ..they want me to take it 3xaday I take it as needed...I also avoid drama...and try to stay to my self more...I also try to just be happy ...

I hate having these feelings all the time ...I just dont understand why i have them ..I think that after I had my bypasses that this is what has triggiered them...I have read that when they do bypass some of the muscles and fibers that they cut / fiddle with can cause pvc pac's after a procedure like this..they are calling it benign at this point ...EF is 55/65
Avatar universal
   I have some questions to see how others measure up.  Just thought it might be an interesting thread for people to understand each other a bit.

1. How long have you had PVCs? 20 years

2. On average, how many per day? over 8,000 PVC/PAC's

3. Do you have episodes where you have absolutely no PVCs at all? rarely

4. What is your list of food/beverage triggers? Alcohol, caffeine, overeating

5. What is your list of non-edible triggers? lack of sleep, stress

6. Do you have GERD, and if so, do you think it aggravates your PVCs? yes

7. Do you have or have you ever had any structural heart problems or heart disease?
yes, just had stent placement in LAD, still have blockage (80%) in D1
8. For women, do your PVCs increase with shifts in hormones?  How did pregnancy affect your PVCs? Yes, worse since my cardiologist stopped my HRT treatment

9. Do your PVCs disappear with exercise, become worse with exercise or are they about the same no matter what you're doing? about the same

10.  Have you ever exeprienced bigeminy, trigeminy, couplets, triplets, NSVT or VT?
all of the above (The VT may have been an artifact (they weren't sure)
11.  Do you have a pacemaker or ICD? No

12.  Do you (or have you ever) taken medication to help control your PVCs?  If so, did it help, make them worse or cause no change? Yes, it helps (I take toprol xl 50mg in morning and 25 mg at night.  when I have a bad episode I taken 25 mg of metroprolol and a ativan 1 mg.

13. Do you have a non-cardiac condition that causes or irritates your PVCs (thyroid, hormone problems)? not that I'm aware

14. What have you found that HELPS your PVCs (symptoms/anxiety)?  This can be meditation, vitamin supplements, anxiety medication, exercise - anything that helps you deal.  I meditate, use vitamins supplement (fish oil, flax seed oil, multi, b complex, CoQ10), exercise 5 days a week  ...but still they persist!!!!



Avatar universal
1. Started in May of 07-May 11 to be exact
2. Not sure how many per day-maybe 1-5 on a bad day-but back when it first started I was getting lots of them.
3. Not sure If I'm not having PVC's or I'm just not FEELING them....but I will take what I can get :-)
4. I think salty foods, sugary drinks or food and caffeine, but I haven't had that since May...well, I have had some chocolate, but haven't really noticed anything after I indulged.
5. STRESS and ANXIETY are my main triggers.  I can be thinking of something that will stress me out and a few moments or even hours later I can feel the PVC's.  Hormonnes and lack of sleep contribute to them.
6. I have GERD, but am on medication for it which helps tremendously, but I have noticed that gas makes them worse.
7. No
8. OH MY WORD YES, YES AND YES!  My hormones make my PVC'S awful.  The beginning of my cycle, middle, end, a week after or before-you name it.  I thought I could pinpoint it, but they changed up on me.
9. I don't exercise as much because of the fear of my PVC's so I'm not sure.  I did walk yesterday and I was fine.
10. Can someone exlpain what these are exactly?  I don't know if I have had them or not.  I know sometimes I get the flutters and then other times I get the flip flops that FREAK me out....are those couplets?
11.NO
12. Yep.  I'm on 25 mg of metoprolol daily and Xanax as needed
13. No that I know of...been tested for Thyroid problems.
14. PRAYER and lots of it.  I read the bible, inspriational/success stories of people  who have overcome anxeity.  The message boards help a lot-the folk on it giving great advice.
Avatar universal
1. Started in May of 07-May 11 to be exact
2. Not sure how many per day-maybe 1-5 on a bad day-but back when it first started I was getting lots of them.
3. Not sure If I'm not having PVC's or I'm just not FEELING them....but I will take what I can get :-)
4. I think salty foods, sugary drinks or food and caffeine, but I haven't had that since May...well, I have had some chocolate, but haven't really noticed anything after I indulged.
5. STRESS and ANXIETY are my main triggers.  I can be thinking of something that will stress me out and a few moments or even hours later I can feel the PVC's.  Hormonnes and lack of sleep contribute to them.
6. I have GERD, but am on medication for it which helps tremendously, but I have noticed that gas makes them worse.
7. No
8. OH MY WORD YES, YES AND YES!  My hormones make my PVC'S awful.  The beginning of my cycle, middle, end, a week after or before-you name it.  I thought I could pinpoint it, but they changed up on me.
9. I don't exercise as much because of the fear of my PVC's so I'm not sure.  I did walk yesterday and I was fine.
10. Can someone exlpain what these are exactly?  I don't know if I have had them or not.  I know sometimes I get the flutters and then other times I get the flip flops that FREAK me out....are those couplets?
11.NO
12. Yep.  I'm on 25 mg of metoprolol daily and Xanax as needed
13. No that I know of...been tested for Thyroid problems.
14. PRAYER and lots of it.  I read the bible, inspriational/success stories of people  who have overcome anxeity.  The message boards help a lot-the folk on it giving great advice.
363281 tn?1518219421
I am going to post to this article, hopefully, it will bump it up to the beginning, I had forgotten this post, it is good, and I feel great for all of us that have forgotten its contents or for those that have not seen it.

Thanks Momto3 for the link.

Susie
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