What causes an episode of premature ventricular contractions (PVCs)?

Posted by robbie1956 @robbie1956, Sep 14 8:50pm

Always wondered what causes an episode of PVCs; not just a daily skip or run of 4 or several skips…but an episode that lasts on and off for days or weeks but then just seem to subside and go away for quite awhile….

I am 65. I've had PVC's for many years on a sporadic basis. In 2016, something was different. Holter monitor picked up PVC's, atrial tachycardia and the more worrisome ventricular tachyardia. Metoprolol 12.5mg twiceaday has the situation nicely controlled. The tachycardias are heart electricity problems. I know PVCs and all the other arrythmias can be made worse when under stress. I only drink decaffeinated beverages now. I also try to walk most days. I believe that helps me but the betablocker (metoprolol) has been a godsend.

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@sue225

I am 65. I've had PVC's for many years on a sporadic basis. In 2016, something was different. Holter monitor picked up PVC's, atrial tachycardia and the more worrisome ventricular tachyardia. Metoprolol 12.5mg twiceaday has the situation nicely controlled. The tachycardias are heart electricity problems. I know PVCs and all the other arrythmias can be made worse when under stress. I only drink decaffeinated beverages now. I also try to walk most days. I believe that helps me but the betablocker (metoprolol) has been a godsend.

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@sue225

Thanks, I also am on metoprolol 25mg twice a day, with other BP Meds…..I am very grateful for all of the Meds and medical care I’ve received through the years…but my anxiety over these extended bouts is something I just can’t deal with lightly….still would love to know why these episodes start seemingly out of nowhere and then run their course….mystery to me..but glad you’re doing well..I walk also.

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@robbie1956 maybe you've already asked…but what does your doctor say re the cause?

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I wore a holtor monitor and it showed AFIB and PVC'S. The AFIB is controlled by 37 1/2 mg of metopropol but that doesn't seem to control the PVC's. They occur ramdomly but seem to be coming about 15 minutes after eating. Although, I had them this morning too. My cardiologist doesn't seem worried but like you all, they make me feel terrible. I am unable to walk much because of arthritis in my feet and the possibility of another hip replacement. Something I am trying to avoid as I am at high risk. I limit my decaf drinks as my PC said they still have caffeine in them. That has helped. Do they feel like AFIB but you don't pass out? I appreciate any information. Thanks, Joan

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@sue225

@robbie1956 maybe you've already asked…but what does your doctor say re the cause?

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@sue225
After a couple of work ups over the years, and a cath in 2003 that showed a compensated right blockage…11years later on a nuclear stress test there was no sign is ischemia…all my recent tests show normal function and EF ratio 60-65%. My Cardiologist
Have always called them ‘random phenomena’ and that the Meds I’m on are really all they would recommend…but every time as time passes and I get older, I always feel that this time it’s different….it’s just when I lay down or sit in a position, along with belching , my sleep gets broken up and my nerves get all shot…..but I’m hoping this isn’t going on by the 30th of Sept. that’s when I see my Cardiologist…..thanks

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@jmb73

I wore a holtor monitor and it showed AFIB and PVC'S. The AFIB is controlled by 37 1/2 mg of metopropol but that doesn't seem to control the PVC's. They occur ramdomly but seem to be coming about 15 minutes after eating. Although, I had them this morning too. My cardiologist doesn't seem worried but like you all, they make me feel terrible. I am unable to walk much because of arthritis in my feet and the possibility of another hip replacement. Something I am trying to avoid as I am at high risk. I limit my decaf drinks as my PC said they still have caffeine in them. That has helped. Do they feel like AFIB but you don't pass out? I appreciate any information. Thanks, Joan

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@jmb73 I get pesky PVCs when an episode rears up lasting for days or weeks…it’s disruptive, not normal and to me, scary….so, I wish I could be more help with AFIB, but my problem is the PVCs…and then, after an ugly episode runs its course, they go away for quite awhile…it’s never been explained why…thanks

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@robbie1956

@sue225
After a couple of work ups over the years, and a cath in 2003 that showed a compensated right blockage…11years later on a nuclear stress test there was no sign is ischemia…all my recent tests show normal function and EF ratio 60-65%. My Cardiologist
Have always called them ‘random phenomena’ and that the Meds I’m on are really all they would recommend…but every time as time passes and I get older, I always feel that this time it’s different….it’s just when I lay down or sit in a position, along with belching , my sleep gets broken up and my nerves get all shot…..but I’m hoping this isn’t going on by the 30th of Sept. that’s when I see my Cardiologist…..thanks

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Sometimes I think in my case there is a link between acid reflux and PVC's.

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@sue225

Sometimes I think in my case there is a link between acid reflux and PVC's.

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@sue225 Yes I have reflux also….PPI twice a day…
York Cardiology’s youtube videos on the connection are very good …still when these episodes interfere with your sleep 💤, well like everyone who experiences these sensations, it just makes you feel crummy….thanks

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A few years ago(Fri. the 13th, LOL) I had my first ride in an ambulance/rescue squad to hospital. I went to my local clinic because normally my heart skipping a beat would go away. This time it didn't. It was skip, then put an extra beat in. Once at hospital no matter what they tried, they could not get my heart to stop. So they upped my metoprolol. I now take 200mgs. once a day. Sure is a lot more than what most people that replied to this are taking. I did have high blood pressure before. I do not drink any caffeine. If it ever happens again I am told that I must immediately go to the ER. So far so good.

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@saleha59

A few years ago(Fri. the 13th, LOL) I had my first ride in an ambulance/rescue squad to hospital. I went to my local clinic because normally my heart skipping a beat would go away. This time it didn't. It was skip, then put an extra beat in. Once at hospital no matter what they tried, they could not get my heart to stop. So they upped my metoprolol. I now take 200mgs. once a day. Sure is a lot more than what most people that replied to this are taking. I did have high blood pressure before. I do not drink any caffeine. If it ever happens again I am told that I must immediately go to the ER. So far so good.

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@saleha59 In your area, would it be possible to get a second opinion? Metoprolol slows the heart rate. Do you drag through the day?h

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@katydid77

@saleha59 In your area, would it be possible to get a second opinion? Metoprolol slows the heart rate. Do you drag through the day?h

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No I do not drag through the day.(other than from all my chronic pain ailments). I was taking 100 mgs. for my blood pressure before my PVC episodes. But when I was in ER a few years ago, nothing they were doing was working. So they doubled my dose. Now I do not have PVCs happening and my blood pressure is always good. (I do also take lisinopril and hydrochlorothiazide for BP) I take other downer meds too for my pain issues.

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@jmb73

I wore a holtor monitor and it showed AFIB and PVC'S. The AFIB is controlled by 37 1/2 mg of metopropol but that doesn't seem to control the PVC's. They occur ramdomly but seem to be coming about 15 minutes after eating. Although, I had them this morning too. My cardiologist doesn't seem worried but like you all, they make me feel terrible. I am unable to walk much because of arthritis in my feet and the possibility of another hip replacement. Something I am trying to avoid as I am at high risk. I limit my decaf drinks as my PC said they still have caffeine in them. That has helped. Do they feel like AFIB but you don't pass out? I appreciate any information. Thanks, Joan

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I have 4 arrhythmias a fib, atrial flutter, V tach, and SVT. I discovered the magic of CBD oil in December of 2017 after a year of either shocks by my defibrillator or electro cardio conversions. A failed ablation attempt to treat the afib in 2001 before aortic root surgery. Pain and anxiety was always a factor in the more serious events. During a Dr’s appointment at an electro physiologist’s office to discuss a total ablation, I met a woman in the waiting room and she told me how CBD oil had pretty much stopped all of her arrhythmias. I got the name of the company that she got it from “Populum “, did some research and ordered my first bottle of CBD oil. I went from constant afib, to a total absence of any arrhythmias after taking it for just two days ! My afib was greatly reduced in just 5 hours after my first dose. Don’t take my word for it, google “CBD for arrhythmias“ and read the findings from the NIH.gov and several other articles about its effectiveness. My electrophysiologist couldn’t be the difference when he connected to my defibrillator. I went from hundreds of recoded events to just a dozen small ones in a 3 month period, and was only 3 when it was checked last week. Don’t just start taking it until you have done the research for yourself. CBD effects the p450 liver enzyme which is responsible for medication break down, especially Coumadin. It’s just a matter of slowly increase your dose of CBD and don’t take it within 4 hours of any other medications. My INR has been on track and for the first time in 20 years I don’t have any arrhythmias. I have an artificial aortic valve that used to drive my anxiety to the moon during bad arrhythmias like SVT or atrial flutter. Those folks that have an artificial valve know the click click click that you can’t ignore especially when your heart’s beating fast or erratic.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2936031/
Blood pressure
https://www.drgreenrelief.com/blog/cbd-oil-and-heart-disease/am
Dr. Green Relief › blog › cbd-o…
Effects of CBD Oil for Heart Disease –
https://CBDclinicals.com/CBD-heart-arrhythmia

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@dvdhoover that sounds very encouraging, I will have to look that up and refer to the links you provided..right now, mine are PVSs And some occasional PACs …but very tiresome…thanks

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@dvdhoover

I have 4 arrhythmias a fib, atrial flutter, V tach, and SVT. I discovered the magic of CBD oil in December of 2017 after a year of either shocks by my defibrillator or electro cardio conversions. A failed ablation attempt to treat the afib in 2001 before aortic root surgery. Pain and anxiety was always a factor in the more serious events. During a Dr’s appointment at an electro physiologist’s office to discuss a total ablation, I met a woman in the waiting room and she told me how CBD oil had pretty much stopped all of her arrhythmias. I got the name of the company that she got it from “Populum “, did some research and ordered my first bottle of CBD oil. I went from constant afib, to a total absence of any arrhythmias after taking it for just two days ! My afib was greatly reduced in just 5 hours after my first dose. Don’t take my word for it, google “CBD for arrhythmias“ and read the findings from the NIH.gov and several other articles about its effectiveness. My electrophysiologist couldn’t be the difference when he connected to my defibrillator. I went from hundreds of recoded events to just a dozen small ones in a 3 month period, and was only 3 when it was checked last week. Don’t just start taking it until you have done the research for yourself. CBD effects the p450 liver enzyme which is responsible for medication break down, especially Coumadin. It’s just a matter of slowly increase your dose of CBD and don’t take it within 4 hours of any other medications. My INR has been on track and for the first time in 20 years I don’t have any arrhythmias. I have an artificial aortic valve that used to drive my anxiety to the moon during bad arrhythmias like SVT or atrial flutter. Those folks that have an artificial valve know the click click click that you can’t ignore especially when your heart’s beating fast or erratic.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2936031/
Blood pressure
https://www.drgreenrelief.com/blog/cbd-oil-and-heart-disease/am
Dr. Green Relief › blog › cbd-o…
Effects of CBD Oil for Heart Disease –
https://CBDclinicals.com/CBD-heart-arrhythmia

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Do you take the CBD oil orally or apply it topically (if so where?)

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@dvdhoover that sounds very encouraging, I will have to look that up and refer to the links you provided..right now, mine are PVSs And some occasional PACs …but very tiresome…thanks

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I also had the PVS’s. I have 4 arrhythmias, Afib, atrial flutter, SVT, and Vtach. I should say that I used to have them. Just make sure that you do some research about how to take CBD and avoid drug interactions. It has to be a full spectrum CBD. Good luck to you!

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