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Heart Arrhythmias - Premature Ventricular Complexes - PVCs
« on: February 17, 2010, 01:08:11 PM »
As some of you know I have high blood pressure now.  I have been taking medicine for it for about 4 mths now.  I'm still getting that adjusted so my BP will remain low.

For the last month or two I have noticed that my heart has been "skipping" a beat.  I went to the doctor today for that and he believes it is PVC (Premature Ventricular Complex).   He told me it isn't too serious, but he is gonna keep an eye on it. 

Here is a little information on it.
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A Premature Ventricular Contraction (PVC), also known as a premature ventricular complex, ventricular premature contraction (or complex or complexes) (VPC), ventricular premature beat (VPB), or extrasystole, is a relatively common event where the heartbeat is initiated by the heart ventricles rather than by the sinoatrial node, the normal heartbeat initiator. The electrical events of the heart detected by the electrocardiogram allow a PVC to be easily distinguished from a normal heart beat.

A PVC may be perceived as a "skipped beat" or felt as palpitations in the chest. In a normal heartbeat, the ventricles contract after the atria have helped to fill them by contracting; in this way the ventricles can pump a maximized amount of blood both to the body and to the lungs. In a PVC, the ventricles contract first, which means that circulation is inefficient. However, single beat PVC arrhythmias do not usually pose a danger and can be asymptomatic in healthy individuals

So, on my birthday, my doctor is making me wear a heart monitor for 24hrs.   Happy Birthday to me!  LOL

I have to wear it the whole 24hrs and when I feel something happening I hit the "event" button and it marks the spot for the doctor to listen to. 

So, that's it for now.   And the saga continues.....   :)

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Re: Heart Arrhythmias - Premature Ventricular Complexes - PVCs
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2010, 01:11:24 PM »
Hopefully yours is the single beat PVC and won't pose any problems for you. 

And, by the way, Happy B'day.  Sucks getting older doesn't it?

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Re: Heart Arrhythmias - Premature Ventricular Complexes - PVCs
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2010, 08:04:54 PM »
Thanks!   And yes, it sucks.   LOL

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Re: Heart Arrhythmias - Premature Ventricular Complexes - PVCs
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2010, 10:34:47 PM »
Hopefully the monitor isn't bothering you too much.  I've been on the 24 hr, 48 hr, and 30-day varieties.  Always fun.   

Let us know when you get the results of the monitor.


 

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Re: Heart Arrhythmias - Premature Ventricular Complexes - PVCs
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2010, 07:05:38 AM »
Another condition with the word premature for you Keith?

All kidding aside, I hope you're alright chief.



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Re: Heart Arrhythmias - Premature Ventricular Complexes - PVCs
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2010, 09:24:04 AM »
Keith,

Hope all goes well :)

One of the "conditions" I have - I have long forgotten the name of.  In essence, my heart beat EKG's with a "W".

Your heart beats due to three electrical impulses fired in rapid succession.  One of my three impulses fires a split second late --- causing the "W" in my EKG. 
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Re: Heart Arrhythmias - Premature Ventricular Complexes - PVCs
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2010, 10:41:45 AM »
Damn Keith.  Hope everything is OK



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Re: Heart Arrhythmias - Premature Ventricular Complexes - PVCs
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2010, 08:32:51 PM »
Keith,

Hope all goes well :)

One of the "conditions" I have - I have long forgotten the name of.  In essence, my heart beat EKG's with a "W".

Your heart beats due to three electrical impulses fired in rapid succession.  One of my three impulses fires a split second late --- causing the "W" in my EKG. 

And you had a heart attack, right?   :)    Thanks for the telling me.   LOL

Just kidding.   I worry about this, but not too bad.

I turned in the monitor today and she said that I should here back from the doctor next week.

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Re: Heart Arrhythmias - Premature Ventricular Complexes - PVCs
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2010, 09:08:39 PM »
I turned in the monitor today and she said that I should here back from the doctor next week.

Just so you know, when the doctor is worried about you, they don't wait until next week to give you the results.   Take it easy and don't worry about this over the weekend.


 

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Re: Heart Arrhythmias - Premature Ventricular Complexes - PVCs
« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2010, 04:22:15 PM »
Ok.  I haven't posted on this in awhile.  A lot has happened so I will update you guys.

I went and had a stress test done.  I lasted 11 mins on the test and was having PVC's the entire time.  My blood pressure did great during this test and actually was at 90/50 at the end of the 11 mins.   So that said that my heart didn't have to work hard to get the blood flowing under a strenuous workout.

The doctor was happy with the results from my stress test so the next thing to do was change my blood pressure medicine.  (I was having a side effect from it.  Heavy coughing and watering eyes.)  He changed it to Diovan 160mg.  So far no side effects and it's working great.   My blood pressure today at the Dr.s office was 130/74.

So I went today and had a echo cardiogram done.  The doctor wanted to make sure my heart was "built" right and everything working correctly.  I am supposed to call him in about 3 days.  The tech that did the test on me told me several times that things looked and sounded great.  She listened to each of my values to make sure they sounded right.   She said that she wasn't a doctor but she had been doing the job for along time and everything looked great.

So, now an update on my PVC's.   I haven't had them at all for about 3 weeks now.  I think I was worrying myself and when I did that it made them worse.  Who knew?  LOL

Until I get the "official" results back.....   :)

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Re: Heart Arrhythmias - Premature Ventricular Complexes - PVCs
« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2010, 06:01:18 PM »
That's GREAT news Keith!
 

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« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2010, 06:34:03 PM »
The tech really can't tell you anything. I always try and get info from them but they can be sued if they tell you anything good or bad. I just learned how to read the echo myself has they are doing it to me. The power of the internet. I am going in for a MUGA test which is going to be a fun one. They suck out some blood add radioactive t-99 to it and inject back into you. Suppose to be the best heart test they can do with cutting you open.

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Re: Heart Arrhythmias - Premature Ventricular Complexes - PVCs
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2010, 06:36:15 PM »
Doesn't sound fun to me. 

The tech let me watch the monitor while she did it.  I'm not a doctor but from what I saw it all looked good too.  LOL    The valves were opening and closing (like they should I guess).  :)

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Re: Heart Arrhythmias - Premature Ventricular Complexes - PVCs
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2010, 08:47:34 PM »
Awesome Keith!



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Re: Heart Arrhythmias - Premature Ventricular Complexes - PVCs
« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2010, 08:51:33 PM »
Frobozz reminded me that I needed to update this.

I have been on 2 blood pressure medicines for about a year now.  My blood pressure is staying around 130/85 now.   Doctors seem pretty happy with that.  They have told me that my parents blessed me with the high blood pressure gene.  LOL    Thanks Mom and Dad!   :)   

I am still having PVC's, but I believe I keep having them because I keep drinking caffeine.   At least them seem to happen alot more when I'm drinking my caffeinated drinks. 

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