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Old 12-14-2004, 11:25 AM   #1
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PAC's Question

I get alot of PVC's, DR said it was normal for me blah blah blah.. anyways, last night for the first time in a long time I got a PAC! Now I know the difference.. my question is, I am so use to the PVC's now, that when I get a PAC it scares the crap out of me.. is it normal for a PAC to happen where it feels like you heart just raced for a second to catch up and it felt like a couple skipped beats and then back to normal? This all happen in the matter of 20 seconds.. not even.. but is it normal for it to SPEED up real quick and then once it caught up it went back to normal? It was definaltey a PAC but it was one where it sped up for a second.. almost felt like a VERY SHORT AFIB.. but I had AFIB before and know it wasn't that.. just felt a little like it.. I didn't like that last night.. but I was fine after.. just wondering.. I have gotten so use to PVC's that I was confused about this one.


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Old 12-14-2004, 04:17 PM   #2
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Re: PAC's Question

It happens to me all the time, but then again I'm not "normal" . If you were thoroughly checked out when the dr. said your PVCs were "normal" i.e. harmless, then 99.9% chance is the PACs are harmless too. But I'd mention it to your dr. and see what he says about it; he might want to double check just to be sure since this is a new symptom and/or you might have him double check for your own peace of mind.
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Old 01-22-2005, 02:34 AM   #3
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Re: PAC's Question

i get pac's, but how can you tell the difference? i get afib episodes once or twice a year which lasts about 24hours. my doc says the pac's are normal, but sometimes feels like my heart is about to explode. attenelol helps, but takes a few days to go away.

Old 01-22-2005, 11:10 AM   #4
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Re: PAC's Question

I get occasional PVC's, but now that I'm taking Toprol, things are much better for me. Reading your messages, I'm a little curious......what are PAC's??? Thanks.

Old 01-22-2005, 06:56 PM   #5
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Re: PAC's Question

PAC: prem ATRIAL constricition. same as PVC, but only in the atrium. how can you feel the difference?

Old 01-25-2005, 02:11 PM   #6
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Re: PAC's Question

Originally Posted by ojohnr
PAC: prem ATRIAL constricition. same as PVC, but only in the atrium. how can you feel the difference?
i had atrial fib and had ablation about 8 months ago. dr thought all was ok. now i get pacs. they found this out after 4 days of tests at our university and after a ride from our hometown er to the univ. er. they don't seems to worry much but i keep telling them about my symptoms. upon any amt. of exercise that i have to walk and stand for a few hours, i get weak, dizzy, sweaty, and out of breath. a 30 day monitor showed nothing. all tests are good. once again, i was on a monitor, 24 hr this time. yes! my symptoms happend while i was wearing it (1st time ever). this time we walked the mall for exercise and they were so bad, i had to rest while panting for air two times before i could proceed to the car. i am sure if i did not have a seat to sit on and rest, i would have passed out soon. i had done this before too. my univ. dr. was faxed the results. they told me here that my pulse went up to 230. i am sure he will once again tell me i am fine. i am tired of 8 months of almost sitting most of the time. usually i am quite active but can't even exercise with friends anymore. did i tell you i am 64?. he previously took me off cardizem, coumadin, rhythmol, and cut my toprol to 100 mg. i still had the symptoms. because my bp and hr shot up and now stays high, they doubled my toprol to 200 and put me on cozaar from my bp. where will it end? i fell like i have the top notch dr. baffled.

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