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Re: NEED ADVICE ON WHAT TO DO FOR IRREGULAR HEARTBEATS

Re: NEED ADVICE ON WHAT TO DO FOR IRREGULAR HEARTBEATS

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Posted by Ken on December 09, 2000 at 02:08:55:

In Reply to: NEED ADVICE ON WHAT TO DO FOR IRREGULAR HEARTBEATS posted by JACKI on December 08, 2000 at 22:56:16:

: I have had an irregular heartbeat for 4/5 years. my cardiologist has rulled out heart disease--says they are benign PVC's. Since I am 48, i assumed menopause may be causing it. My cardiologist ruled out thyroid
: problems, caffiene doesn't make them worse or better. i have tried the vitamin, mineral route. the only thing that helps is taking 20mg of Paxil. i tried to take a beta blocker, it only made me feel depressed, not in control and the heartbeats did not go away. does anyone have any other remedies to try. I wouldn't put this on my worst enemy. no one understands how frustrating this is if they have not experienced it. it is a problem you have no control over. I am relieved to know there are many people that have this because for a long time i felt "different" because I did not know of anyone that experienced this arrythmia problem. i would like to hear from others and how they deal with it. thanks, jacki from texas

I do not have PVC's myself, but I do heart support work.

The 3 primary things you can do to help prevent PVC's are as follows:

1. Eliminate caffeine (regular coffee, tea, chocolate, cold remedies are examples of things that contain caffeine.

2. Limit or avoid alcoholic beverages.

3. Try to eliminate as much stress in your life as possible. If needed, hospitals have stress management courses from time to time at a nominal fee.

You can also look up PVC (Premature Ventricular Contractions) under "Heart & Stroke A-Z Guide" on the web site of The American Heart Assn. at http://www.americanheart.org.

By the way, my wife has them.




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