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PVC's/rapid heart beat

PVC's/rapid heart beat

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Posted by Hillary on August 12, 2000 at 11:14:47:

Hello everyone, thanks in advance for listening.

I am seeing a cardiologist for "skipped" beats along with a sudden onset of very rapid beats lasting about 20-30 seconds. This rapid beat thing (a holter picked up PVC but doc said this is nothing to worry about)seems to have no real "pattern"....I can be resting or exercising, calm or excited, does seem more noticeable lying in bed before falling asleep, but perhaps because I'm more aware....anyway, the cardiologist after the initial visit mentioned these possibilities:

Supra ventricular tachycardia (and something about paroxysmal?), MVP, and an electrical conduction problem.

And sceduled me for echocardiogram and another holter. I was planning six weeks vacation in Europe and he said to go on the trip and do the echo when I returned, giving me the idea that he didn't see anything too serious afoot.

The echo according the the man who did it (haven't heard from the doctor yet) showed some sagging of a valve which he said could indicate Mitral Valve Prolapse, but he said not to quote him as he's not the cardiologist. He also said the structure of my heart looks fine except for that valve.

I am 37 years old, fairly active, quit smoking 2 years ago, female......the holter hasn't picked up the rapid beat (of course!). It is happening less as time goes on, but still is scary to me. It occurs sometimes once a day for a few days, but mostly, about once a week now or less frequently, whereas six months ago it was happening every day.

I also have panic disorder, so when the heart beats rapidly I become VERY scared, which in turn probably makes it continue.

I have tried beta blockers but already have rather low bp, so they make me feel just awful. Plus the doctor said they may not be what I need, if anything.

So I am now just waiting to hear from the doctor, and trying to reassure myself, but when I look up ventricular tach on the web it seems to be quite serious. BUT I don't think he would tell me to go off to Europe for six weeks if he felt my health or life was in serious danger.....

Any feedback on what this tachacardia is, how you deal with it, etc. is appreciated. Trying to stay calm!

Thank you!

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