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UserID: ThePlayer Type: CurePVCs Joined: Mar 18 2010
Thread Started: Mar 18 2010 Last Post: Sep 03 2010 Last Post By: rompecorazon
Origin: General Topics Total Posts: 6

So is there a cure?

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Posted Mar 18 2010#1 of 6
ThePlayerUser Since: Mar 2010Posts: 1Sometimes it feels like I have PVCs. It will last sometimes for a few minutes to an hour. Then it goes away and may not return for weeks. I know I need to see a Dr. but I would like to know what I'm getting into before I go so he doesn't feed me any nonsense!

Posted Mar 21 2010#2 of 6
HealthyChefUser Since: Mar 2010Posts: 4--------QUOTE-------Sometimes it feels like I have PVCs. It will last sometimes for a few minutes to an hour. Then it goes away and may not return for weeks. I know I need to see a Dr. but I would like to know what I'm getting into before I go so he doesn't feed me any nonsense!Thanks-----END QUOTE-----
I know what you mean, many doctors do have limited knowledge on the subject and do have a tendancy to fob you off.

I recommend arming yourself with a little bit of knowledge on the subject before you go. For example, ask him to get a blood sample to test your electrolyte levels, and use a bit of jargon like:

I can feel the ventrical contractions ahead of the sinoatrial node which is causes a skip and thud.

Ask him if he can test to make sure you are not suffering from hypothyroidism, which is something that some people have reported.

Just let him know your not ignorant on the subject. It worked wonders for me!!!
Posted Apr 01 2010#3 of 6
DrBeatUser Since: Mar 2010Posts: 2Yeah, I agree. The biggest problem is that doctors know it is generally benign in nature and just don't seem to want to take the time to find out what is causing it.

I think all you can do, is let the doctor know you just need to eliminate any more serious issues, and then you need to explore other options.


Posted Jul 20 2010#4 of 6
BritgirlUser Since: Jul 2010Posts: 1I was diagnosed with PVCs 2/12 weeks ago. They are constant - I'm guessing I'm averaging 7 a minute and I don't get a break. I'm tired of this already. I'm having a stress test today to rule out anything more serious. However the holter monitor showed only unifocal PVCs so that's comforting. Do most people have them constantly.. or does it go in phases. Also how do people feel about being on beta blockers. Has anyone had any luck without serious side effects? I think I'll be put on one today if the stress test is ok. Has anyone been able to successfully wean off a beta blocker? How about any natural cures out there? I really hate this... I'm female, 50, slim and no other health problems. This has really surprised me.
Thanks for any input.
Posted Jul 20 2010#5 of 6
PVCManUser Since: Oct 2009Posts: 228Hi Britgirl,

I think once you have eliminated any serious underlining problems (which I am sure will be the case), then you will be able to start thinking about options to try out.

Although many say they get PVCs intermittently, it’s highly likely many only notice them intermittently. So in your case it might just be that you are noticing them more than most people do, although I realize that statement may not be much of a comfort to you.

I have never taken beta blockers, and it is of course entirely up to you, but is it worth looking at other areas first? When you said you were diagnosed, how long had you been suffering before diagnosis? Are you aware of any changes in your lifestyle around the time you first noticed them?

One thing that might be worthwhile is to ask your doctor if you can have a blood test to establish electrolyte levels. Even perfectly fit and healthy eaters can get noticeable PVCs if they are suffering from something like malabsorption.

Let us know how you get on with the test.

Posted Sep 03 2010#6 of 6
rompecorazonUser Since: Sep 2010Posts: 12Britgirl

I realllly feel for you.
Ive got them as well. Maybe not as frequent but it doesnt matter, I totalllly understand how you feel.
Im 46, fairly slim ;) two small children, so im always thinking about how they are going to be without their mom
Lovely thoughts like stress...

What was the outcome of your doctor visit? Beta blockers are fine, its just a matter of whether you can get used to them
people tend to get tired, sluggish on them. Going off them is no biggie.
I take a beta blocker as needed when i have an arrythmia which isnt very often - say 8-10 X a year. I just take 40mg of propanolol and in an hour im back to a normal sinus ryhthm
If you get this message let me know how you are fairing.

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