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Old 01-21-2013, 05:46 PM   #1
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Pvc's causing svt's???

Hi,
About 6 months ago i was diagnosed with superventricular tachycardia following being rushed into a&e with a heart rate of 190. I was put on beta blockers (cardicor??) for about a month, had an echo heart scan which came back normal & later diagnosed as being aneamic & having GERD. My worries regarding my heart appeared to be over as both these conditions include a fast heart rate amongst their symptoms.
However 2 weeks ago i began to feel missed beats (pvc...? Sorry am new to this!) and fluttering in my chest, at worse the pvcs were happening with every 2nd beat. This happened all night whilst resting which i tried to ignore but at one point i experienced an svt attack, my heart started pounding fast & i felt like i was going to collapse. It only lasted about a minute but i was petrified of it happening again. Since then i've had a few more nights of having pvc's & am awaiting for a heart monitor from my doctors.
I just wondered if anyone could give me some advice on why the pvc's caused my heart to go into a svt & should i be worried?
Thanks, Alison.

 
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:20 AM   #2
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Hi Alison,

I have the exact same problem as you. I was rushed into Emergency with 220bpm hear rate and was put onto a beta blocker but was taken off after being rushed back because of 35bpm heart rate and dangerously low blood pressure.

I have pvc too and arrhythmia and i've been put on tambacor (flecanide) to help control it, although it has made it worse and symptoms have been happening 24/7.
My hospital told me that if i am worried about it to ring an ambulance so they can capture it when it's happening and do something about it.
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Hi Alison,

I have the exact same problem as you. I was rushed into Emergency with 220bpm hear rate and was put onto a beta blocker but was taken off after being rushed back because of 35bpm heart rate and dangerously low blood pressure.

I have pvc too and arrhythmia and i've been put on tambacor (flecanide) to help control it, although it has made it worse and symptoms have been happening 24/7.
My hospital told me that if i am worried about it to ring an ambulance so they can capture it when it's happening and do something about it.
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Hi,
About 6 months ago i was diagnosed with superventricular tachycardia following being rushed into a&e with a heart rate of 190. I was put on beta blockers (cardicor??) for about a month, had an echo heart scan which came back normal & later diagnosed as being aneamic & having GERD. My worries regarding my heart appeared to be over as both these conditions include a fast heart rate amongst their symptoms.
However 2 weeks ago i began to feel missed beats (pvc...? Sorry am new to this!) and fluttering in my chest, at worse the pvcs were happening with every 2nd beat. This happened all night whilst resting which i tried to ignore but at one point i experienced an svt attack, my heart started pounding fast & i felt like i was going to collapse. It only lasted about a minute but i was petrified of it happening again. Since then i've had a few more nights of having pvc's & am awaiting for a heart monitor from my doctors.
I just wondered if anyone could give me some advice on why the pvc's caused my heart to go into a svt & should i be worried?
Thanks, Alison.
hi alison. i won't get into the medical terminology of this, but your heart has an electrical sensor in it, so that if it skips a beat, it tends to correct itself. there are different reasons for this to happen and in a healthy person, there really is no danger. getting used to this happening is quite frightful at times. i started with svt's about 2 years ago, where i was actually diagnosed....but i remember having tachacardia really bad when i started my perimenopause. it was like a cycle, i would freeze to death for about an hour and then my heart would increase to really high speeds about every 6 weeks and i would have these episodes for 10-12 hours, so of course i spent quite some time in the ER, due to the fact that your blood can clot after prolonged periods of high speeds. needless to say....this put me in major panic mode and i started to take diazepam to slow the scary thoughts. after multiple visits to specialists they said there was nothing wrong with me. one time i went to my gp and i had a very high heart rate, but i took 10mg of diazepam just to make it to her office....and i asked her if i looked calm to her, (since doc's want to blame everything on anxiety),she said yes....so i asked her to take my blood pressure (it was very high) and finally....she said, okay...i know what it is. she put me on hormones. seems that when we go through our change in life....it tends to affect our thyroid, amongst other things and throws our bodies for a loop. i stayed on hormones for 10 years and finally weened off due to cancer possibilities. now....i've been in menopause for over 3 years and all along have still had episodes of svt's and now having pvc's and my reflux was the trigger for this last episode. my stomach had been really acidy for about 2 weeks but i can't really afford the stomach meds so i'll take them for a couple of months and then go off. funny though....that the ER and my family doctor couldn't diagnose the problem. i did and went back on my stomach meds 2 days after my episode and still have the palps and such, but nothing like that night!! i am wearing a loop monitor right now for 2 weeks and since it makes a high pitched squeal when i activate it, it's kinda hard to catch the irregularities if you're in a very public place...lol. you mentioned that they gave you beta blockers. they tried that with me too, but i said...if there's nothing wrong with my heart, after so many tests....then why do i need a heart pill?? so....after all of my gabbing.....first of all....are you in the peri or menopausal period? this period of your life can cause all kinds of problems due to hormones, thyroid, pituitary gland, etc. next time you have your palps, try coughing very deeply from the chest. if that doesn't work then try very cold water splashed on your face. this can sometimes stop the heart from racing. also....do you have any type of autoimmune disorder? some triggers of svt's are caffeine, smoking and especially "stress". i have my monitor until tuesday and i'll let you know how mine turned out. keep in touch and if the hospital sent you home, then they must feel confident that you're okay, and i know it's scary, but try not to let it make you anxious. you will be fine. your heart is the strongest muscle in your body. it can take a lot. hope my blabbing helps...lol.

 
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Re: Pvc's causing svt's???

SVT is a common disorder and very uncomfortable, scary when it happens. There may be an "accessory neural pathway" in the heart that gets triggered when the SVT occurs or an irritable focus that takes over the pacing from your SA node, where your heart rate pacer is located. The maneuvers described above can help stop it. I would take a large bowl of ice water and actually plunge your face into it and keep it there until you need a breath. Also, straining down on your bowels like to have a BM can break the cycle too. The beta blockers are meant to prevent attacks and are quite effective for both the PVCs and SVT, although you may be having PAC's (premature atrial contractions). When you go into SVT, if the maneuvers don't stop it, lie down, stop driving if you are driving when it occurs (some people get faint with it) and see a cardiologist for preventive treatment. You need an EKG or monitor strip while it is happening to get the most helpful info.

 
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SVT is a common disorder and very uncomfortable, scary when it happens. There may be an "accessory neural pathway" in the heart that gets triggered when the SVT occurs or an irritable focus that takes over the pacing from your SA node, where your heart rate pacer is located. The maneuvers described above can help stop it. I would take a large bowl of ice water and actually plunge your face into it and keep it there until you need a breath. Also, straining down on your bowels like to have a BM can break the cycle too. The beta blockers are meant to prevent attacks and are quite effective for both the PVCs and SVT, although you may be having PAC's (premature atrial contractions). When you go into SVT, if the maneuvers don't stop it, lie down, stop driving if you are driving when it occurs (some people get faint with it) and see a cardiologist for preventive treatment. You need an EKG or monitor strip while it is happening to get the most helpful info.
funny that you mention pac's because after my loop moniter, that is now what they say i'm having. doc says nothing dangerous and says i don't have to take the atenolol script that he gave me....just depends on if i can handle all of the irregularities or not. personally....sjogrens attacks the thyroid and my tsh is very low and my t4 free is going higher, which makes me think this is all caused by my thyroid. have lost 7 lbs within 3 days and gained it back, then lost 3 lbs in 2 days and still losing weight. i know the thyroid can whack out your whole body. as for the papilla...thanks for that info. i saw mine sticking up and they were kinda bothering me and my doc told me that everyone has them, but i know they were bigger than normal, but she wasn't that concerned. i agree that sjogrens is a big pain in my butt....well....that's another story altogether...lol.

 
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Hyperthyroidism may be causing the PACs and SVT! You really should see an endo. In the meantime, the atenolol will keep it under control until the thyroid overactivity gets treated. This all makes sense now. Hyperthyroidism can cause serious problems, so I wouldn't ignore it. It sounds like it already is, even though this isn't lethal, it sure isn't fun or good for your heart.

 
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Old 03-10-2013, 12:13 PM   #8
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After 35 years of complex tachycardia whereby my HB doubles and skips beats I have gotten to live with it. I have found a method to revert it by picking up heavy objects off the floor a few times.

 
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:53 PM   #9
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Hi, thanks to all for your advice & help, unfortunately though my symptoms have now seemed to have progressed to mainly when I'm lying down. I'm experiencing approx twice a week where my heart beat will grow weaker, my breathing is very shallow & I feel like I am slipping away into either sleep or blacking out then what feels like a few seconds later, I'll involuntary jump up with dizziness & a feeling like I can't breathe. Or Some nights my heart will just pound all night but only when lying down.

I also feel weak, tired & breathless through the day, look pale & am experiencing a lot of chest pains & dizziness. My iron & B12 levels are normal.

My upper middle stomach area is tender & I have been experiencing a lot of heartburn which I am taking antacid tablets for morning and night (Zantac).

A doctor did try to dismiss my symptoms as anxiety related & placed me on a low dose of anti-depressants which have had little impact due to the fact I do not feel depressed as a whole, just feel down when I'm at my worse.
I do not feel anxious, worried or fearful but am scared when my heart plays up through the night to a point that I am unable to sleep.

I'm due to see a cardiologist in 3 weeks where I should be fitted with a holter monitor to track my heart during the night.

I'm to a point now where my health is having an adverse effect on my quality of life & need some answers soon.

If anyone has a similar experience please could you let me know,

Thanks, Alison.

 
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Re: Pvc's causing svt's???

Although your iron and B12 levels are normal, are you anemic? With stomach pains and heartburn, you could have an ulcer, and be anemic, triggering your SVT. Also, what is the status of your thyroid now? If those things have not been checked, please ask the cardiologist to check those. If the Zantac is helping your heartburn, I would continue it. I hope you get some answers soon. Can you call cardiology office to get you in sooner than 3 weeks, perhaps in a cancellation spot?

 
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Hi, thanks for your quick reply. Yes I am anaemic and too be honest did suspect that I might have had an ulcer due to constant heart burn & tenderness in upper stomach, however the symptoms eased off with Zantac but do return if I forget to take a tablet.
If an ulcer was to blame could this also explain my breathlessness & heart troubles whilst lying down?
I've also had my thyroid checked which came back normal & am going back to the drs on Monday to try and push the cardiology appt forward if possible & will suggest being tested for an ulcer so will let you know the outcome.
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Anemia can cause breathlessness but more with exertion. It could also be triggering the SVT. An echo might be needed to figure out why your symptoms are worse lying down. The cardiologist would order and evaluate that. If you have an ulcer it can take 6 weeks to heal, so keep taking the Zantac if helping.

 
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I did have an echo done in June last year which came back normal & have recently had a chest X-ray which came back normal too. I'm not sure if they will do another one, but will definitely enquire. My breathlessness came on a month ago & is progressively getting worse. I had another episode last night where my heart was pounding & appeared to slow down for it to then palpitate & return to pounding again. Alongside with that I was experiencing chest pains & the breathlessness. This was whilst lying down & walking about. Needless to say I have hardly slept!
I suppose I will just have to await what the cardiologist says and I'll definitely continue with the Zantac as the heartburn can get quite bad if I miss a tablet.
Thanks once again, Alison.

 
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I did have an echo done in June last year which came back normal & have recently had a chest X-ray which came back normal too. I'm not sure if they will do another one, but will definitely enquire. My breathlessness came on a month ago & is progressively getting worse. I had another episode last night where my heart was pounding & appeared to slow down for it to then palpitate & return to pounding again. Alongside with that I was experiencing chest pains & the breathlessness. This was whilst lying down & walking about. Needless to say I have hardly slept!
I suppose I will just have to await what the cardiologist says and I'll definitely continue with the Zantac as the heartburn can get quite bad if I miss a tablet.
Thanks once again, Alison.
hi xxalyxx. i too have the same problem with the pac's when lying down. this started happening after my last tachacardia episode which happened a couple of months ago. i did notice that you said you were taking a beta blocker and i'm wondering if you're episodes of waking suddenly in one of your recent posts is due to the beta blockers. they kinda kick your heart back into rythm(sp?). i've learned that i can't lay on my side either. so i kind of lay on my half side...kind of leaning back on my side. gives me the opportunity to breathe deeply into my abdomen, which stops the pac's, slows my heart and lets me relax until i do fall asleep. also...i have low blood pressure episodes, so i opted not to take the blockers as i don't want to chance fainting when my pressure drops. i take very low dose diazepam. dependancy or not, i really don't care, as it helps me to function and make it to work everyday. after reading your posts, i can relate to everything you're saying. just can't believe that all of my tests results tell me that i'm a very healthy person??? that's the thing with sjogrens and why doc's have a hard time diagnosing it. we look healthy...but we suffer. my heart goes out to you. i wore a loop moniter for 2 weeks which just catches episodes and i'm wearing a 48 hour moniter now. caught tons of pac's in the 2 weeks, but in the 48 hour continuous moniter, haven't had too many episodes other than mostly when i lay down. you should ask the cardiologist if he can moniter the 2 weeks because as soon as you have the pac's, you hit the button and it actually records 45 seconds before you hit the button if you don't catch it right away. are you also having short term memory problems because i'm starting to feel brainless...lol. hang in there, you'll be fine.

 
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