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Old 12-03-2004, 09:19 PM   #1
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what is the difference between pvc's and skipped beats. i have been getting an irregular heartbeat sometimes that lasts for 5-10 seconds, how do i know what i have? and what causes these? thanks for any info


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Old 12-03-2004, 10:46 PM   #2
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Re: pvc's?

My heart felt like it was skipping beats and the diagnosis was PVC's (premature ventricular contractions). Sometimes I can have several PVC's back to back which may last 10-15 seconds. I have had several tests with my regular doctor and now I'm headed to see a cardiologist. I need to do this for my own peace of mind. If you are concerned that something is wrong, I would suggest you see your doctor.

Old 12-06-2004, 01:06 PM   #3
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I am a 44 yr old male and have had PVC's for the last 3yrs. I saw the doctor who set me up with stress tests, angiogram, etc to make sure no structural problems existed (which were all clean, btw). In my case, I can feel the 'thump' many times when the PVC occurs, but I also became obsessed with taking my pulse to determine when they happened. When I told the doctor (after all tests were negative for other things) that I was having a lot of PVCs, he asked me how I knew. I told him I was taking my pulse, and his immediate reaction was to STOP doing that. In my case it was just increasing my anxiety, which tended to make the PVCs worse. I have also noticed that I feel them more at night when I sleep on my left side than on my right side. I am not currently on any meds for this and am doing fine (PVCs and all...)

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