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premature ventricular contractions Dr. Elliot Reid ; 1 child; New Zealand 8926 posts
27th May '13

I have just been to my doctor and I finally have a diagnosis. I have been having heart palpitations for a long time now, a few years ago tests were done, ecg, echo etc, I also had a holter monitor but the batteries ran out, they said what they had recorded looked normal. BUT when I saw my doctor today he had another look at the results and saw that my heart has extra systolic beats, WHY the eff didnt he see those all those years ago :? He said it is not dangerous and nothing to worry about, but at least now I know what it is.



Does anyone else here have this or anything like it? I didnt have enough time to ask everything I wanted to ask about it, off to google I go!

snglemama 4 kids; Georgia 11978 posts
27th May '13
Quoting Elliot Reid:" I have just been to my doctor and I finally have a diagnosis. I have been having heart palpitations for ... [snip!] ... here have this or anything like it? I didnt have enough time to ask everything I wanted to ask about it, off to google I go!"



dont' google.. it always causes worry.

most people have PVC's at times. Years ago... maybe none of them recorded. They are considered benign, and unless they are causing problems or you have them constantly, they don't treat them. Many people even have them every other beat and they don't treat them as long as they are pumping blood efficiently and not causing any other concerns.

A "normal" heart beat starts in the upper chamber (atrium) The electrical impulse starts there and moves down the heart into the ventricles. In a premature ventricular contraction, the electrical impulse that causes the heart to contract and pump blood starts in the bottom chamber (the ventricles) and starts a beat just a little earlier than normal. Because the ventricle is what pumps most of the blood out anyway, most PVC's function just fine and are not a reason to be concerned.

FYI... you will likely have more PVC's when you are stressed, dehydrated, sick etc...

Dr. Elliot Reid ; 1 child; New Zealand 8926 posts
27th May '13
Quoting snglemama:" dont' google.. it always causes worry. most people have PVC's at times. Years ago... maybe none ... [snip!] ... and are not a reason to be concerned. FYI... you will likely have more PVC's when you are stressed, dehydrated, sick etc..."

Thanks for the info! You're right, google was not helpful, your explanation really helps. I do get them frequently when im stressed, and I have no way of avoiding that at the moment so ill just have to put up with it. My doctor said not to be worried, its just that when it happens lately I get light headed afterwards, which is why I was worried. Now that I know what it is, I feel so much better about it.

snglemama 4 kids; Georgia 11978 posts
27th May '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Elliot Reid:</b>" Thanks for the info! You're right, google was not helpful, your explanation really helps. I do get them ... [snip!] ... lately I get light headed afterwards, which is why I was worried. Now that I know what it is, I feel so much better about it."</blockquote>




anytime!