Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs)

Posted by MichSophie @mlcheyne, May 6, 2019

Recently diagnosed with PVCs and I’m getting really frustrated and scared at the same time. Taking 10mg propranolol twice per day which does help cut down the intensity. But I’ve also noticed with most PVCs I’m also feeling the flutters in my upper abdomen as well as my throat. I’m going to see my doctor in a couple of weeks but was wondering if anyone else has had the same expression of symptoms. Thanks a bunch!!

@donsmith1959

I’m 59, diagnosed with pvc’s about 3years ago by primary doctor. I run daily and pvc’s go away while running. During hot weather running I experience racing heart and dizziness. Like fluttering. I woke up a couple nights ago with the same fluttering but only lasted a few minutes. My doctor says I’m fine and hasn’t recommended a cardiologist. I alway feel fine otherwise. Should I be concerned?

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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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@donsmith1959

I’m 59, diagnosed with pvc’s about 3years ago by primary doctor. I run daily and pvc’s go away while running. During hot weather running I experience racing heart and dizziness. Like fluttering. I woke up a couple nights ago with the same fluttering but only lasted a few minutes. My doctor says I’m fine and hasn’t recommended a cardiologist. I alway feel fine otherwise. Should I be concerned?

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See if you can have your doctor hook you up on a 30 day monitor. Then you can see what is going on when you feel the fluttering. You could also do a 24 or 48 hour holiter monitor if it happens every day.

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@pantherfancm77

See if you can have your doctor hook you up on a 30 day monitor. Then you can see what is going on when you feel the fluttering. You could also do a 24 or 48 hour holiter monitor if it happens every day.

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Actually, that's a good idea. I had short runs of PSVT, had me scared. Never showed on the Holter Monitors, so they did Event Monitoring. When it occurred, and I called it in, I was expecting the worst, but the boredom of the technician saying "You had a little PSVT there" with no instructions to immediately go to a hospital was a relief. LOL.

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@lisalucier

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.

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@pantherfancm77

See if you can have your doctor hook you up on a 30 day monitor. Then you can see what is going on when you feel the fluttering. You could also do a 24 or 48 hour holiter monitor if it happens every day.

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pantherfancm77,

The biggest problem with the 30 day monitoring is the longterm exposure to the adhesive patches. Those can cause skin reactions.

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@lisalucier

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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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.

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@donsmith1959

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.

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donsmith 1959, these are damaging your heart. Mine were about 20 times a minute, The ablation cut them down completely for awhile, but now I get maybe one a minute, sometimes none.

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@donsmith1959

I’m 59, diagnosed with pvc’s about 3years ago by primary doctor. I run daily and pvc’s go away while running. During hot weather running I experience racing heart and dizziness. Like fluttering. I woke up a couple nights ago with the same fluttering but only lasted a few minutes. My doctor says I’m fine and hasn’t recommended a cardiologist. I alway feel fine otherwise. Should I be concerned?

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Once again, if your heart is healthy PVC's are totally benign!

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@kenny48

Once again, if your heart is healthy PVC's are totally benign!

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Good to hear. But 16,000 in a 24 hour period still scares me.

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@donsmith1959

I’m 59, diagnosed with pvc’s about 3years ago by primary doctor. I run daily and pvc’s go away while running. During hot weather running I experience racing heart and dizziness. Like fluttering. I woke up a couple nights ago with the same fluttering but only lasted a few minutes. My doctor says I’m fine and hasn’t recommended a cardiologist. I alway feel fine otherwise. Should I be concerned?

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The first step is usually a 24 hour holter monitor. They will note the average number of PVCs by hour, as well as whether they might be coming from one or several areas.

Get a 12 lead, not one with fewer leads as they can see more based on the 12. And keep those results with you. Even if you are ok, it’s a good baseline.

I had a certain PVC for 20 years. At the base of the papillary muscle that attaches to the Mitral Valve. Used to drive me crazy. A few good burns from an ablation killed that little monster

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Hi welcome to Mayo Connect. I have experienced PVCs but they were not really a problem for me since my main problem caused me more issues. So based on what i was told they have to get to a certain duration and repatition before treatment. But i decided to write because i know my fears were made worse by my stomach issues and as time went on it seemed i was having arrythmias when actually it was stomach reflux. As the drs told me the top of the stomach and the heart are right on top of each other. So what i thought was actually my heart acting up was my stomach. I had a pacemaker so it made it easy to record when i felt something and when they download my pacemaker i found out when it was and wasn't my heart. I think once you have any heart condition we become so sensitive to whats happening in our bodies it can be a blessing and a curse. I hope that helps.

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@danab

Hi welcome to Mayo Connect. I have experienced PVCs but they were not really a problem for me since my main problem caused me more issues. So based on what i was told they have to get to a certain duration and repatition before treatment. But i decided to write because i know my fears were made worse by my stomach issues and as time went on it seemed i was having arrythmias when actually it was stomach reflux. As the drs told me the top of the stomach and the heart are right on top of each other. So what i thought was actually my heart acting up was my stomach. I had a pacemaker so it made it easy to record when i felt something and when they download my pacemaker i found out when it was and wasn't my heart. I think once you have any heart condition we become so sensitive to whats happening in our bodies it can be a blessing and a curse. I hope that helps.

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Thank you so much for responding. I’m definitely struggling with the psychological aspect for sure. I feel as though my peace of mind has been taken away from me and I have no control over my own body. I’m desperately searching for solutions to problems and just trying to understand what is happening in my own body.

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@cece55

Hello everyone. I need some advice and support which I always get from everyone here. I am not new. I have diagnosed Sleep Apnea and it is under control with my CPAP. I have AFib diagnosed last October and is under control with Metoporal and Eliquis. I have only had two episodes.

I wear a Heart Link Monitor under my skin so my doctor can see my EKG. I have been diagnosed with Atrial Tacacardia that happens very irregularly and only lasts for seconds. He is not concerned. My Heart Link Monitor is not working properly so I am being sent another one so I can transmit what is happening to me now.

In the last two weeks I have had extra heartbeats off and on. I am used to these and have had them all my life but sporadically and sometimes none for weeks at a time. I recently went thru a very stressful episode with my husband receiving a pacemaker. The simple operation had problems and he ended up in ICU for several days. All is well now but it sent me into a tail spin because of how serious it was.

I have never had hours and hours of extra heartbeats. Some days I don't get them at all. I found that if I deep breathe, I can get them to go away. I feel the extra beat in my throat and it makes me very nervous. Can anyone reply? Is this stress related?

Thank you, CECE 55

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I'm sorry for all your concerns.Been there, done that!.
I had AFib for almost 2 years and was on the highest dose of beta blocker the cardiologist had ever prescribed…but anything less and my heart went into a tailspin of constant irregular beats. But then I cured myself. The cardiologist said that it was impossible. But here I am years later with a steady heart. HOW I cured myself made me realize that WE have power over our medical conditions. We don't have to resign ourselves to the mercy of Big Pharma. Many people just do as their doctors say without question. Bad idea! One needs to take control and be involved themselves by becoming informed and listening to what their bodies are telling them and making lifestyle changes.
I just came back from 2 weeks in Holland where you don't see ANY overweight people. None! Most people are not even what we call normal weight. They are all slim…and beautiful due undoubtedly to excellent health. Why is it so? They bicycle and walk everywhere. There are 2 bikes for every Dutch person. No one drives a car in Amsterdam because first of all it's too slow compared to a bike. Hordes of people with babies and toddlers on board (without helmets) ride to and from work and daycares every day during rush hour. Elderly people go shopping by bike. It's inspirational! We should follow the Dutch model and get out there and MOVE. I don't know whether you do but I certainly need to do more. A Fitbit makes me accountable. (Again, taking control of my own health!).
How did I overcome my Afib, the most serious case my cardiologist had ever seen? I took control of my own health. I joined a gym and went 6 days a week. Within a month, I lowered my dose gradually of beta blocker which the cardiologist wanted me to do. I kept this up for 4 months, going to aerobics and strength training classes every day but Sunday. But very important to further take control of my own health: I stopped all stimulants; coffee, tea, alcohol, decongestants, chocolate etc.. Here I am today 24 years later with a stable heart. I do have to say that if I cheat and have a coffee (2x per year) or a chocolate, my heart races or gives me thumps. I consider it a warning and listen to my heart which is sending me a message loud and clear.
I hope you can do the same.

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Hello everyone. I need some advice and support which I always get from everyone here. I am not new. I have diagnosed Sleep Apnea and it is under control with my CPAP. I have AFib diagnosed last October and is under control with Metoporal and Eliquis. I have only had two episodes.

I wear a Heart Link Monitor under my skin so my doctor can see my EKG. I have been diagnosed with Atrial Tacacardia that happens very irregularly and only lasts for seconds. He is not concerned. My Heart Link Monitor is not working properly so I am being sent another one so I can transmit what is happening to me now.

In the last two weeks I have had extra heartbeats off and on. I am used to these and have had them all my life but sporadically and sometimes none for weeks at a time. I recently went thru a very stressful episode with my husband receiving a pacemaker. The simple operation had problems and he ended up in ICU for several days. All is well now but it sent me into a tail spin because of how serious it was.

I have never had hours and hours of extra heartbeats. Some days I don't get them at all. I found that if I deep breathe, I can get them to go away. I feel the extra beat in my throat and it makes me very nervous. Can anyone reply? Is this stress related?

Thank you, CECE 55

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Recently diagnosed with PVCs and my cardiologist has me taking 10mg propranolol twice per day. I’ve been on the twice per day dose for 4 days now. The medication is definitely reducing the strength with which the PVCs occur and for that I’m super grateful. However, I noticed my chest is a bit tighter since starting the medication and my breathing is a bit different as well. Neither sensation is overwhelming but it’s noticeable. I’m wondering if these feelings are just part of my body adjusting to the medication. Any input would be appreciated. And of course, I’ve already messaged the cardiologist as well just to be safe. But it’d be nice to hear what other people have experienced if you don’t mind sharing your own stories. Thanks!!

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