Premature atrial contractions: Anyone have any helpful info on this?

Posted by lolly906 @lolly906, Aug 17, 2018

I was now just recently told I have Premature Atrial Contractions, or P.A.C, after being on a holter monitor for 48 hrs. I was told this after my higher then normal calcium score, and was told p.a.c. is benign., but im still worried. I was put on monitor after I felt my heart pounding hard in my left neck area. Im wondering if anyone has any helpful info on this? Im really worried acutally, even cancelled my colonoscopy due to the laxative saying it could cause irregular heartbeat. it seems I can feel my heart skip beats at times or speed up! very scary to me. Im wondering if anyone else has this? I am 58 yrs old and am on lovastatin for high cholesterol thanks

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@hilly2016

Hi Julie, do you mean PVC’s? I am not familiar with SCPC or SVPV. I have had SVT(Supra Ventricular Tachycardia) and PVC’s, as well as A-Fib and PAC’s but never heard of what you are referring to. Having said that, I have also had Pericardial effusion 2-3 x’s, depending on how much fluid is around the heart then it might not be anything to be concerned about, the body may absorb it, or it might remain there without causing you further problems. Yes, one does feel short of breath and pressure on chest especially when lying down, you probably have minimal fluid and that’s why they are not concerned. I would report any increased SOB (shortness of breath), increased pressure or pain and any other adverse symptom to md promptly if you don’t get any improvement.

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This is what I have found on Spvc: Frequent supraventricular premature complexes (SPVCs) are associated with higher morbidity and mortality. Recent studies suggest that frequent SPVCs is associated with new onset atrial fibrillation (AF). However, a systematic review and meta-analysis of the literature has not been done. We assessed the association between frequent SPVCs and new onset AF by a systematic review and a meta-analysis.

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I to have them just put on metropol, I’m an anxious type person and needless to say when you are sensitive to these it’s a vicious cycle, has anybody tried anti depressants to calm them down versus a beta blocker? We recently downsized and I’m 69 and had tons of stress( after we were in 6 weeks), my husband had to have hip replacement, so lots of stress. Thanks for any input😊

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@scardycat

I to have them just put on metropol, I’m an anxious type person and needless to say when you are sensitive to these it’s a vicious cycle, has anybody tried anti depressants to calm them down versus a beta blocker? We recently downsized and I’m 69 and had tons of stress( after we were in 6 weeks), my husband had to have hip replacement, so lots of stress. Thanks for any input😊

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@scardycat Our worst enemy is stress it causes loads of physical problems if we didn't stress about things we would be in good health try to destress somehow Go swimming ,walk away in nature and enjoy it forget about things for awhile

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Good, as well as simple suggestions, for dealing with stress, @lioness. When the weather is bad and I can't get out (which is often in my locale), a good book or a word search puzzle will completely relax me. I often fall asleep with a word search puzzle in my hand😊

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@hopeful33250

Good, as well as simple suggestions, for dealing with stress, @lioness. When the weather is bad and I can't get out (which is often in my locale), a good book or a word search puzzle will completely relax me. I often fall asleep with a word search puzzle in my hand😊

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@hopeful33250 me to also Im reading a good book now about our Chakra,s we all have

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@scardycat

I to have them just put on metropol, I’m an anxious type person and needless to say when you are sensitive to these it’s a vicious cycle, has anybody tried anti depressants to calm them down versus a beta blocker? We recently downsized and I’m 69 and had tons of stress( after we were in 6 weeks), my husband had to have hip replacement, so lots of stress. Thanks for any input😊

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Hello @scardycat and welcome to Mayo Connect,

You certainly have had a lot of changes in your life and stress is understandable in your situation.

You ask about taking antidepressants to deal with stress and that might be a good thing to talk with your doctor about. However, beta blockers help slow the heart rate and I don't think you should eliminate (or replace it) without talking to your cardiologist.

How long have you been taking metoprolol? Is this med causing you any problems? There are other alternative beta blockers that you could discuss with your doctor. I was not able to take metoprolol, but my doctor switched me to Atenolol (also a beta blocker) but without the side effects that I experienced with metoprolol. You might give a call to your doctor's office and see if you could either change your dose of metoprolol or switch to another beta blocker.

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@lioness

@hopeful33250 me to also Im reading a good book now about our Chakra,s we all have

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I'm not familiar with that term, "Chakra" @lioness.

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@hopeful33250

I'm not familiar with that term, "Chakra" @lioness.

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@hopeful33250 google. http://www.chakra.com for a much better explanation then I could tell you. It is our energy fields but better explanation ,google it .

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@hopeful33250

I'm not familiar with that term, "Chakra" @lioness.

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Google it; complex description of our innard spirit/feelings/stuff

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I have recently been going to a Feldenkrais class at the senior center in my community. It is not really an exercise class but a class that uses movements to enhance relaxation, balance, etc. In our class it is all done on the floor with your eyes closed and you just follow the instructions of the class leader. The time goes by so fast and I feel so much better after it. Has anyone else tried it for stress reduction?

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@hopeful33250

I have recently been going to a Feldenkrais class at the senior center in my community. It is not really an exercise class but a class that uses movements to enhance relaxation, balance, etc. In our class it is all done on the floor with your eyes closed and you just follow the instructions of the class leader. The time goes by so fast and I feel so much better after it. Has anyone else tried it for stress reduction?

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@hopeful33250 never heard of it but sounds great . Yoga Qi Gong Ti Chi in the same category with same results I do Yoga in morning here before I start the day anyway to relax and remove stress from our lives.

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I feel your anxiety! I was just put in .25 mg metropol for this, I’m trying to see if anybody has anxiety and an antidepressant would work as well as the metropolol. I just started metropol this past Thursday, only thing I’m noticing is I’m super cold, Good luck to you🙏🏻

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