It sounds as though you are having panic attacks triggered by your awareness of your PVCs.
When you go to the hospital--where you will probably be told that your heart is fine--ask for a referral to a specialist in treating anxiety and panic.
That is the best and most thoughtful advice I can give you.
ive tried everything now.... they come on fast and now im starting to get dizzy with them.... i dont understand or know what to do....they are almost constant now.... it scares me to where i may have to go to the hospital.... idk... please
now they are almost constant.... when i try to sleep they wake me up.... and stay for hours.... idk what to do ..... i tried everything
Bunny, no one has ever come up with a reason why. My own guess, based on classes I have taken, is that there is a small error in the way the membranes of cardiac cells work, that it is not medically significant in most people--and that it is probably genetic and NOT curable.
Let me repeat: There is neither a proven cause nor any proven cure for benign PVCs.
So what are we supposed to do? After lots of tests and trials of reasonable treatments (like minimizing caffeine, getting enough sleep, etc), we should find a way to deal with our fear of these disturbing but meaningless symptoms and *get on* with our lives.
You and I have discussed this, and I told you that I thought that seeing a doc who specializes in the treatment of anxiety was worth a shot. I still believe that this is so, and that frequently re-stating your fear on this board is not giving you any help.
Why not ask for a referral to such a doc and at least see what he/she says?
ty ellie.... it sort of helps reading other posts but all my tests are fine.... the dr says gas could do it too.... cause now i mostly get the pvc after i eat or walk alot.... there has to be a reason why.... they werent there before and they are now and very prominate every day....
Please take some reassurance from the people who post on this site. I myself notonly have PVCs but PACs and SVT. The PVCs for over two decades.I like you was very frightened by them and sometimes I still am, but after countless trips to the ER and every test in the book ( that all came out ok), I've learned to live with them and try not to let them run my life.I know it's easier said than done but coming here and reading everyone's posts really helps. As I said twenty years and do far I'm still here! :-)
why am i getting more often now.... i dont understand it.... if they continue tonite, i may have to go to the er..... its happening way to much now
If I remember, you said in another post some things about some stressers youre having. If that's the case I would put my money on stress triggering it. I know it does that to me.
In the last yr to yr and half I have had some added stress and a few problems family related. After that much time wrapped up in stress and worry my pvcs have been worse in the past two months than ever before. They have really scared me on many occasions lately. I'm working now with my card to make sure they're are still pvcs and things are still fine.
Keep working with ur doc.
Keep asking questions. You may never get an answer to your question. I jave just learned thru experience what triggers them in me. Everytime I have had a flare up has been due to stress, anxiety and hormone changes. It could be menopause making them happen now too. My mensstrual cycle always triggers tach as well ad brachycardia. And recently more pvcs.
ty for all ur replys.... i never had these pvc til i hit the 50s, lol... im 54 and all my tests are good the dr says.... but i have to know why i am getting them ... they sre more frequent and especially after i eat or when i try to relax....something has to be causing them....i only drink water now cause im afraid the caffeine will set them off..... its really annoying and why cant eneyone find out what is causing them all of a sudden... i dont understand
I'm sorry you are experiencing this. Sounds like so many of us are. I have read literally thousands of post online and hear by thousands that we shouldn't worry. Easy to say. Hard to do. I'm forty now and have dealt with this off and on since age twelve. I still get freaked out about it and it still scares me senseless.
I know some triggers for me such as caffeine. Stress. Anxiety. Cold meds and sugar. Even spicey foods. Sometime hot drinks. Cold drinks...I could go on. I suggest you pursue it with your doc until you are satisfied. Thats my intentiond.
Best wishes and be comforted. Youre not alone
A Pvc is a single beat that takes place in the ventricles without involving the atria. Doctors talk about points of ectopy, which I understand to be a more or less irritated point on the heart muscle, that gives rise to a "spark" that sets the conduction "wave" in motion. A Pvc originates in the lower portion of the heart.
Dr Thomas Dressing from the cleveland clinic, in his pitch on vt and sca(see youtube), explains it with some charts. As I understand it, whenwe refer to someone with a structurally normal heart, we are talking about someone who has not had an mi, is free from congenital heart defects, valve or hypertrphy problems, etc..., and has relatively high pumping efficiency (is not progressing significantly towards heart failure). If you are a member of this class, and have a few pvc's, the odds of you dying from scd are not signifcantly different from the rest of us. So like hesapooka says, don't worry about it....
There's really no real insight anyone can give you. If you've been to the doctor and had your heart checked and all your tests are normal than there isn't anything else to add. Palpitations are something that just about everyone gets. They are completely benign in a healthy heart, and are different from person to person. Some people get thousands per day, but are not aware of them, while others get as little as ten, but can feel every single one. None of that means anything. At the end of the day every case is different. Just know that they are harmless. The more you think about them the more you'll stress yourself out and as a result probably get more palpitations. Just know that you're fine and learn to ignore them. No sense in worrying over something that wont harm you.