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UserID: alfy12 Type: Facebook Joined: Oct 27 2013
Thread Started: Nov 26 2013 Last Post: Dec 24 2013 Last Post By: alfy12
Origin: General Topics Total Posts: 14

PVCs bad at the moment

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Posted Nov 26 2013#1 of 14
alfy12User Since: Oct 2013Posts: 22Hello all,

I've just got back from holidays and I'm struggling with regular PVCs. I estimate about 8-10 per minute for the last 4-5 days.
Sometimes they come in waves. The pattern is 2 normal beats, ectopic beat, 2 normal beats, ectopic beat, 3 normal beats, ectopic beats and so forth. They are very noticeable with a real thud in the chest. I went to a GP yesterday (not my usual doctor) and she wasn't concerned after reviewing the report from my cardiologist in June of this year. She has refered me to the cardiologist again for a 24 hr holter monitor. I have had all my blood tests done including magnesium, potassium and now Vitamin D. All looks normal and I don't have diabetes.

I would love a few hours of normal heart rhythm as this is driving me crazy. I am on Isoptin which is a calcium channel blocker. I think it worked well initially but has lost its effect. I don't have any underlying heart disease but I'm getting pulsatile tinnitus and have pressure on both carotid arteries in my neck and a partially numb left arm. Explained this to the GP but she wasn't concerned. I think she thinks the symptoms are from the Isoptin. She wouldn't change my medication either.

I also talked Ablation with her but she indicated it isn't suitable for all forms of ectopic beats. Anyway the good news is I only have to wait until 10th December to have the holter monitor fitted. Thats good for country Australia.

I've eliminated alcohol, caffeine and eating large meals. I'm on a healthy diet and I walk a reasonable amount at work so I believe everything in my life is in balance except my PVCs. I've tried to isolate the trigger factors but can't put my finger on it. I want to try Taurine and see if it makes a difference.

Posted Dec 01 2013#2 of 14
miss spice bombUser Since: Jun 2013Posts: 47Hey Alfie!
Im sorry your PVC's are bad at the moment!
Have they calmed down at all?
And also have you been stressed in the last week or so? I know mine can get going if I've been stressed!!
It doesn't sound like your med is working then!
When i get PVC's at that frequency it drives me nuts!! I find them terribly annoying!!
I do think taking Taurine has helped me slightly!! I'm only taking 500mg and i know i could go higher but none of my doctors even know what taurine is,so I cant get any advice!!
Let us know how the heart monitor goes!! I have to have another one done soon as my cardio cant find my results from my last one!
I told him my GP had them but he insisted i have another one fitted!
I think its a waste of time as it doesn't matter how many you get,its just the same response ...tolerate them...take beta blockers...or ablation!!
Hope you find relief soon asnd keep us posted!!
Take care!! :-D
Posted Dec 01 2013#3 of 14
miss spice bombUser Since: Jun 2013Posts: 47Oh i forgot to your pvc's calm down when you get your heart rate up??

Posted Dec 01 2013#4 of 14
alfy12User Since: Oct 2013Posts: 22Hello Miss Spice Bomb,

My PVCs have calmed down and I had a really good Saturday after taking Taurine for the first time. I'm taking about 800mg per day. Sunday wasn't as good with some runs of PVCs but I'm getting used to them so don't stress to much.
It's Monday today and so far not to bad. Felt my pulse and was averaging about 20 beats between ectopic beats. Also my heart seems calm with only a small amount of chest pain. I find stress does affect the amount and also exercise improves things by reducing the number of PVCs. My doctor feels this is good as they are concerned more with PVCs during exercise.

So to answer your question, yes they do calm down with exercise. I feel the Calcium Channel Blockers aren't working so might have to look at alternatives.

I see the Naturopath tomorrow so hopefully some good advice will come from that visit.

I'll keep you updated as to how it all progresses.

Posted Dec 02 2013#5 of 14
miss spice bombUser Since: Jun 2013Posts: 47Hi :-)

So glad to hear your PVC's have calmed down!
Do you know how much Taurine you can take in one day?
Im on 500mg and would like to increase this!!

Posted Dec 04 2013#6 of 14
alfy12User Since: Oct 2013Posts: 22Hi Miss Spice Bomb,

Not sure of how much Taurine is recommended but the container says 1 gram per day. I'm happy at 800 mg per day. The naturopath used Iridology to determine that I was low in Silica. Sounds a bit far fetched to me but I'll give her herbal Silica remedy a try.

Feeling well today even though the weather is hot. Will let you know how the Silica goes.


Posted Dec 09 2013#7 of 14
miss spice bombUser Since: Jun 2013Posts: 47Hi Alfy!

How are your ectopics?
I'm having another holter monitor fitted on the 11th of this month!
Please post your results from yours!
My pvc's have been causing me anxiety for a couple of days, sometimes they dont bother me as much then the next they scare me again!! The ups and downs can get exhausting!
I suppose i struggle to accept them and it makes me frustrated! The sensation really annoys me!!
Anyway I hope your getting relief!

Take care :-)
Posted Dec 10 2013#8 of 14
alfy12User Since: Oct 2013Posts: 22Hi Miss Spice Bomb,

I'm wearing the Holter monitor as I type this reply. The good thing is I have had thousands of ectopic beats today so the cardiologist will have plenty to see. I deliberately stopped taking my Taurine, Magnesium, Q10, Silica and fish oil. These 5 supplements have helped me alot lately. I'm not sure which one is the main supplement responsible but I'll sort that out over the next month. I'm sorry you are stressing over your pvcs but try not to worry. I think it is something we have to come to terms with. Glad you are getting the Holter monitor on tomorrow. I hope our cardiologist can help us both. Take care and try to relax. Alf.
Posted Dec 11 2013#9 of 14
miss spice bombUser Since: Jun 2013Posts: 47Hi there :-)

I feel better today regarding the pvc's! And as I'm typing I've got my heart monitor on!!
Ive had quite a few and to be honest i get tired having to write down the symptoms on the sheet they give you!! I'd never get anything done if I wrote down every one!!
Did you get a symptom sheet?
I've thought about taking Q10...have you been taking that long?
I'm gonna carry on with the Taurine!,I think its quite relaxing too as well as helping with the ectopics!!
Take care!! :-)

Posted Dec 12 2013#10 of 14
alfy12User Since: Oct 2013Posts: 22Hi Miss Spice Bomb,
I didn't get a symptom sheet so my cardiologist is very slack. I haven't gotten back to feeling my best so the supplements haven't taken effect yet. I have been taking Q10 for a couple of months. I don't think it helps the ectopic beats but is good for general heart health.

The Centre that did the Holter monitor said they will get me to see the cardiologist only if they believe something is out of the ordinary. The report gets sent to my gp so not much help there. I'll see my gp next for the verdict.

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