I have had pvc's everyday for the last 6 months, but maybe once a week I will get a cluster (3-4) of them and then my heart will race for about 20sec and I will be lightheaded. I can deal with the pvc's but this other thing with them is scary.
I don't know if I just get scared when I feel the clusters and that's why my heart races or if its something like ventricular tachycardia.
I'm 31, not overweight, don't smoke or drink, no caffine. All ekgs have been normal...and they have seen my pvc's on them. I had an echo done yesterday...the tech said he really couldn't see any mvp, but maybe once....the dr. will read it wed. when he gets back from vacation.
The dr. was not worried about the pvc's so much as to my heart beating fast, so since we could not catch it at the office I have an event moniter. Caught one finally after 7 days of wearing it yesterday morning. The place I called to send it said they saw the symtoms, but for the outline they go by said it was not abnormal. The dr. will make the final call when he gets it.
My question...is ventricular tachycardia dangerous when only it is abnormal? Is there such thing as normal vt? Sorry this is so long, but I don't have anyone to talk to about this except for the dr.'s.
I do like my dr.s....a cardio and gp, that work together for my problem. It just feels like it takes so long to find out whats going on. I have only been going to these dr. for about 3 weeks. I'm so stressed out about these that it brings on more pvc's.
Friends don't understand since I seem normal when not having an episode. I get real down about this.
If anyone has any suggestions or has had something like this....please help me try and fill in the blanks. Thank you and take care to all of you dealing with these crazy problems.
Runs of Vtach happen to a lot of people, but they're really not that serious unless you have a prolonged run of VT (like a lot of older people have).
I know it can be scary, but you have to realize that the more anxious you get, the more you're stressing your heart out and possibly precipitating more vtach. The fact that you need a loop recorded (or whatever you used) to figure out your heart rhythm, shows that it's an isolated phenomenon and it most probably won't affect you in the long run unless it turns to sustained vtach.
Does your cardiologist think you should see an electrophysiologist? Did they mention Supra Ventricular Tachycardia to you? I was diagnosed with SVT around the age of 30. My episodes continued to get worse until I reached age 40. I decided to have a radio frequency ablation at that time (1998) which was successful. I still have PVCs occasionally, not very often but no more SVT. I was told repeatedly that my condition was NOT life threatening, which calmed me down. However, I emailed alot of others with SVT on a special website years ago, and many women were also having panic attacks with their SVT. I never did. I hope you find out more. Just take care of yourself, stay rested and relaxed, no caffeine (which is bad for you anyhow!)
sounds as if you may be having PSVT (paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia) - it comes on quick - but goes away quick - usually 3-4 minutes - can race up to 250 beats per minute and causes the blood pressure to drop quickly - causing dizziness, vision problems, ringing in the ears, and blackouts at times... i was diagnosed in may and have had 9 ablasions since - helping the problem but making the pvc worse.. cardiac wise - the PSVTs are not life threatening but the symptoms can be a problem.. passed out once during episode and cracked head open on the kitchen counter - in hospital a week. happened again in car but was able to get stopped... just make sure you follow up with your dr - he will discuss your options from meds to ablasion - if needed don't be afraid to get a second or third opinion.. hope you feel better - hang in there
thank you khudsonwv and dtemple for your responses.
How often did your heart race. My is about once a week. Did you notice if stress or anything brought it on? I notice that it happens after a few pvc's close together. No dtemple they haven't said anything about a electrophysiologist yet, but I will said something if they say it is svt. My dr. doesn't have trouble referring me to specialist....if it makes me feel better. What is the difference between paroxysmal s.t. and s.v.t.? Sorry all the questions....last one...what excatly do they do when they do ablation.
You both have had this done. Staying relaxed does help the pvc's but I start stressing about the racing when I do get them. no caffine for me! dtemple, glad to hear your doing better after what you got done...I guess in some cases these things can be helped.
thank you and take care
khudsonwv...that is also a fear of mine...having one of these things at a bad time, like in the car!
a week in the hospital...you must have had a really
bad lump on the head. are they trying anything to help you now? my dr. said before the test if everything came back fine I could try a beta-blocker and see how that goes. Ever try it?
During an ablation, they search for and map the abnormal locations in your heart. The abnormal locations are just "extra" cells that conduct electricity. My doctors assured me that if they couldn't find the location, they would not perform an ablation. I guess mine was easy to find. As soon as they catherized me, I went into a spontaneous tachycardia and they were able to map it. Mine was right in the AV node which is a fairly tricky area because it's only about one square inch & there is a slight chance they will ablate too large of an area and you would end up with a pacemaker. I was willing to take that chance. My SVT episodes were lasting up to two hours at 240 beats per minute. Yes, they were brought on by stress and usually would occur after a period of "warning" pvcs. After two hours of "taching away", as the EKG specialist put it, I was usually exhausted for three days and my blood pressure was very low. Happily, a good electrophysiologist team can diagnose and help you. The equipment they have now is state of the art. This is, I believe, the only form of heart disease that actually has a CURE. Lucky us!
it can be scary - i tried the meds (toprol, rythmol etc) but they made me very very ill ( i have low blood pressure anyway) - so ablasion was the best option for me - had one ablasion - they burned one area but the area that was causing the PSVTs was too close to my phrenic nerve so they were afraid that i would end up on a respirator - so i went to UVa and had an 8 hour ablasion where they found 5 different arrythmias and ablated 9 areas.. (not fun) and it did take care of the problem.. have not had any episodes like before ( they used to happen every month or so but were not brought on by stress or exercise - mine actually started after the birth of my last daughter.. unfortunately now since the ablasion my heart rate is now too low went from resting 140 - psvts at 250.. now resting is usually 60 which is normal but goes as low as 38 which my body just isn't used too.. so they are debating pacemaker now .... my echo's were always normal - i just simply got short circuited somewhere along the way... I REALLY HOPE ALL GOES WELL...
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