AFIB & PVC'S

Posted by Larry @crashnam, Mar 25, 2018

Anyone out there have both intermittent AFIB episodes with PVC's in between the episodes? And, do your PVC's sometimes get more alarming a few days or hours before going into AFIB? PVC's most times feel worse that the AFIB anyway. My AFIB episodes are consistently around the 200 BPM range lasting four to ten hours then it subsides. Recently, have had upper stomach palps which feel like little flutters and a little racing at the same time then subsides after 10 or 15 seconds. Yes, I do have a cardiologist (2). One of them is an ablationist who I have spoken to about possible ablation for the AFIB. Don't take much medication, just Metropolol (beta blocker) and 30 mg. of diltiazem to try and slow the heart down after going into AFIB. Have yet to take the diltiazem to see if it will help slow the heart rate down when in AFIB thinking it may cause more PVC's or erratic beating when heart is slowing down. Any suggestions?

Yes have an ablation, they are usually pretty successful, if it is bothering you.

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Yes have an ablation, they are usually pretty successful, if it is bothering you.

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Thanks for the input.

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Sorry this is a year late but I'm just now reading these. You're pvc's are likely due to low potassium. Normal levels are around 3.3-5.1. I become symptomatic starting at 3.8 and below. At 3.8 a few a day, 3.6 4-10 a day, any lower you risk going into afib. An AFib patient should maintain their potassium Levels above 4. If you don't have a malabsorption disorder, then you can just eat foods Rich in potassium all at once when these start and they should go away for a while. Cantaloupe, tomato soup, raisins, bananas, etc. If you have a disorder, you should see about being put on daily potassium. 20/25meq once a day. So do NOT take potassium supplements on your own without the doctor's approval, but you CAN eat foods high in potassium when this occurs. You only need to do this once and it should go away within a day or two. You only need to do this once during another occurance usually a month or so apart. You don't want to add a heart attack to the list. Causes can be from a lot of things, medications, foods, disorders, etc. Hope this helps!

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