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UserID: Denver Type: CurePVCs Joined: Nov 01 2010
Thread Started: Nov 01 2010 Last Post: Nov 06 2012 Last Post By: PVCMan
Origin: General Topics Total Posts: 17

PVCs after meal

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Posted Nov 01 2010#1 of 17
DenverUser Since: Nov 2010Posts: 3Hi everyone,

Last week I saw a doctor and she told me that I had arrhytmia but there's no need to be scared. ECG,EKG, blood tests were all fine. She thinks it's because of stress. She might be right because my left eye started to twitch at the same time my heart began to skip. ~EM3EM~

The interesting thing is, PVCs disappear at night( or i feel like they do) and everything is fine until I have breakfast. It all starts after breakfast and continues all day. Has anyone been through something like this?

Doctor gave me Concor, which is a beta blocker, I use it but it still happens.

I'm not sure what to do.
Posted Nov 01 2010#2 of 17
PVCManUser Since: Oct 2009Posts: 228Hi Denver,

Welcome to

Your situation sounds very very similar to what mine used to be. I agree that stress plays a part, but I feel (from personal experience) that stress tends to exacerbate the ailment rather than causes it.

I used to get them at night before and after going to be, but once I was asleep they never woke me up, but would kick in again soon after waking in the morning. This all indicates that conciousness of PVCs does play a part in making them worse, but the underlying cause is still the core problem.

Personally, I think beta blockers cause more problems than they fix. But that's my view and please don't follow it on my account, that's something you need to decide. I am not in a position to give medical advice, I can only comment on my experiences.

It's interesting you mentioned your eye twitching at the same time. I had exactly the same problem. Do you get heartburn/acid reflux? If not, you may just need some electrolyte supplements. If you are suffering with reflux, you may need to help your digestion along a little.

Posted Nov 01 2010#3 of 17
DenverUser Since: Nov 2010Posts: 3Hi Phil,

Thank you for your welcome.

I used to have GERD 10 years ago and it was really bad. I had surgery in 2002 and I've been fine since then. This heart thing has been annoying me for the last couple of weeks so probably reflux wouldn't be the reason. But maybe I should get my stomach checked too anyway. Maybe reflux is back ?! (Oh God please no)

Have you taken any electrolyte supplements? My doctor advised me to eat a banana everyday. I've been following her advices but I have a feeling that this thing will never go away.


Posted Nov 01 2010#4 of 17
PVCManUser Since: Oct 2009Posts: 228Hi again,

Ah... The reason I asked about reflux, is that it is often a sign of low acidity in the stomach rather than too much of it (sounds like a paradox I know!). However, not sure if you read my story or not but I found that (in me at least) the lack of acid caused digestive problems in the form of malabsorption. This ultimately led to me not absorbing enough magnesium and/or potassium.

So your op to suppress reflux (I assume it was aparoscopic anti reflux surgery) may have stopped the heartburn, but if you were suffering from low acid, that might not have solved the problem from the perspective of malabsorption regarding electrolytes.

I know the theory of this low acid stomach is hard for some people to swallow (no pun intended!) but in a nutshell, the theory goes that if there is not enough hydrochloric acid (HCl) in your stomach, then the gallbladder and pancreas over-produces bile and enzymes which are what reflux into the oesophagus. Some further theory is that it is the HCl that causes the lower esophegal sphincter (the valve at the top of the stomach) to contract which in turn prevents reflux.

I know on some occasions when I used to regurgitate, the colour of the so-called acid was a brown/orange colour whereas HCl is clear indicating that it was bile etc and not HCl.

The problem is with all this theory, is most doctors won’t buy into it!

Posted Nov 02 2010#5 of 17
DenverUser Since: Nov 2010Posts: 3Hi Phil,

I get your point. But still, I don't think it's related to reflux because if it was I must have had these PVCs during this 10 year period, right? But I don't remember any. However, I do think it's related to my stomach somehow considering PVCs happen more often after I eat.

Another thing I want to mention is that my mom also has been suffering with PVCs and tachicardia for years. This makes me feel hopeless as she still has to deal with it.

I will keep you informed about my situation. Right now my heart goes like

Posted Nov 03 2010#6 of 17
PVCManUser Since: Oct 2009Posts: 228Hi Önder,

It wasn't so much the reflux that I think could be responsible, it's more the HCl deficiency. One other thing i have heard mentioned that relates to heart rhythm and the stomach is the vegus nerve. Apparently stomach ailments can also aggravate the vegus nerve which in turn can cause arrhythmias. But I must admit, I haven't done much research on that one yet.

But as you said, keep us updated.


Posted Mar 19 2011#7 of 17
Freebird62User Since: Mar 2011Posts: 2Hi Denver, I don't know if you still go on this site but are you from Denver? I am looking for someone in the Denver area with pvcs. My cardiologist has never came out and called these horrible erratic heartbeats pvcs but from all the forums I have read that's what they are. I have had them for about 3 months and they scare the heck out of me. Have you found anything that relieves them? Thanks, Freebird
Posted May 03 2011#8 of 17
sabineUser Since: May 2011Posts: 2I used to have heartburn but somehow that stopped years ago. The PVCs have begun 2 months ago, and already I have been on a beta blocker for 1 and a half months, to no avail. The PVCs had gotten better last week, but this week they're back.

I do get occasional twitching in my eye, and sometimes on my fingers or other areas.

Phil, do you think being lactose intolerant could have anything to do with it? I am a 28-year-old female and found out I am lactose intolerant 10 months ago. Then I nearly stopped having milk or any milk products until very recently.

I know magnesium helps calcium be absorbed, but that doesn't seem to add up to being the cause of heart problems. If it were the other way around, I would suspect that not having milk could lead to a lack of calcium, which would in turn lead to a lack of magnesium and to heart issues, but that's not the case...
Posted Sep 09 2012#9 of 17
twalsh29User Since: Sep 2012Posts: 3I also have a problem with milk. I am actualy allergic to it. It gives me really bad BM problems. I think I may have a mineral deficiancy. Do you think I should talk to my doc about testing me for bloodlevels of the nutrient?

Posted Sep 09 2012#10 of 17
twalsh29User Since: Sep 2012Posts: 3I also have a problem with milk. I am actualy allergic to it. It gives me really bad BM problems. I think I may have a mineral deficiancy. Do you think I should talk to my doc about testing me for bloodlevels of the nutrients?
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