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!!

@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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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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