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Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs)

Heart Rhythm Conditions | Last Active: Jul 21, 2019 | Replies (55)

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Hi, @donsmith1959 – welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. I apologize for the delayed response. Thanks for the information on your diagnosis with PVCs three years back, how they go away while running, and how you woke up a few nights ago with fluttering similar to what you've experienced when hot-weather running. Sounds like though your doctor has indicated you are fine and not recommended a cardiologist, you have some questions about this occurrence.

Here is some Mayo Clinic information on PVCs you may be interested to read https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/premature-ventricular-contractions/symptoms-causes/syc-20376757.

I'd like to tag @pantherfancm77 @tigertoo @jameck @eileena @balubeje for their insights on your situation.

Have you experienced PVCs in any other specific conditions, @donsmith1959? Is awakening with fluttering something you've experienced before?

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My experience with PVCs did not really include fluttering sensations. I would feel an enormous boom like when one of those large drums they carry in parades. This is the ventricle pushing a large amount of blood out due to the previous contraction coming far too soon and only pushing out a very small amount. I never seemed to feel the small early beats, only the huge boom on the return to a more normal rhythm. I still feel them, just very small and they occur sometimes about 3/minute more usually 1/minute, but not the 20/minute prior to the ablation I went through.

My cardiologist told me the bradycardia I experience allows the occasional PVC and that was his motivation for wanting to place a pacemaker. My recovery from the quad bypass on 7/24/15 has been so good he finally wants to wait longer before approaching the subject. He is in a wait and see time. He continues to tell me I am one of his healthiest patients and still expresses amazement the tI am still doing much better than most of his other patients.

Mayo Clinic has finally stated PVCs are very damaging to the heart muscle due to the large load of blood the ventricle is forced to push out on the beat that follows a PVC.

I seem to have PVC’s all the time. When I’m well rested maybe every 8 to 15 beats. If I’m tired it’s about every 3 beats. I feel good though and they’re not really bothersome. With the exception of running in hot weather the completely go away when I run.