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Re: You guys! Take a DEEP breath . . .

Re: You guys! Take a DEEP breath . . .

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Posted by Renee' on August 13, 2000 at 12:53:42:

In Reply to: You guys! Take a DEEP breath . . . posted by Michelle on June 01, 2000 at 18:19:14:

: Hi Everyone!

: I have had PVC's (premature ventricular contractions) for about 13 years. I have also had several episodes of ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation. I've gone into cardiac arrest (flatlined) twice in 10 years. I have a defibrillator implanted that has fired many many times. I can totally relate to what you all are talking about!

: I feel PVC's all day long, usually every other heartbeat, and I feel like I have a beached fish in my chest! My cardiologist says there is nothing that can be done for them in my case because of all my other heart problems. There are medications available for the PVC's and for the PAC's. (premature atrial contractions). Please talk to your doctor regarding these medications. The one that Kerri(?) talked about where you have to go into the hospital to receive it is called amiodarone. I have been on that drug to stop my tachycardia, but it had the reverse effect on me, so it isn't for everyone. I also take Betapace, Metoprolol, and Mexelitine for my arrythmia problems. Ask your doctor about these drugs, too.

: The PVC's and PAC's are very scary, there is no denying that! I, too, was very scared to even get out of bed when I first felt these PVC's, but talking to a psychiatrist helped! I recommend this to everyone too! It doesn't mean you're crazy, you just are very anxious, and we all know the anxiety does not help these darn palps!

: One thing that has really worked for me is to tell myself that "nothing is going to happen, I'm doing fine" and then take some deep breaths. In thru the nose (count to 4 while breathing in) and then out thru the mouth (count to 5 while exhaling). I know it sounds silly, but it really works. Also, some deep coughs help too! This "bangs" you heart against your sternum and kind of gives it a "slap".

: I wish you all the best of luck! Sounds like we're all in the same boat! :o) Take care!
: Michelle


I have been having these palpatations for several years now off and on. Stress really seems to bring them on, but I live a stressful life and that is not going to change anytime soon. I have had the ekg and the holtor monitor. Nothing ever happens during these is VERY frustrating because as I sit here my heart is going crazy! I also feel the light headed, shaky feeling, especially when I am walking a distance. At the mall, if I walk much my chest starts to feel heavy with a sort of dull ache. I know it's not "chest pain" like with a heart attack, but it scares me and I always look for a bench quick. After I rest a few minutes, it goes away. Everyone thinks I am nuts for worrying about it. The holtor technician said "old fashioned palpatations are normal". Well maybe to her, but not to me! How much can your heart take before it wears out from all this extra activity?? Deep breaths do help for a little while, but then here we go again. Anyone have any answers?? Thanks!

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