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UserID: TheFlinx Type: CurePVCs Joined: Apr 10 2015
Thread Started: Apr 10 2015 Last Post: May 12 2015 Last Post By: SueCurry
Origin: General Topics Total Posts: 10

My story

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Posted Apr 10 2015#1 of 10
TheFlinxUser Since: Apr 2015Posts: 6I don't seem to be able to add to my time line and do not see where one adds a story so here is mine:

I had over the years been to the doctor many times and even urgent care. The PVC's started out as 1 or 2 every now and the, and then over about 15 years they became more and more frequent. I was prescribed all sorts of medication and was also told that drinking anything caffeinated was the cause. I gave up all Caffeine for 4 years and got slight relief.

About 5 to 7 years ago they became more and more frequent to the point that I would have bouts lasting almost a day. Then about 5 years ago they got to the point that I would have them almost constantly. In 2012 I went to a cardiologist again. They did all the things that had been done before:
ECG's
Holter monitor
Stress test
Medication
They had me take potassium and magnesium.
nothing worked and they were getting worse. Doctors kept telling me "oh they're normal". "People get them all the time". "Most people never notice them". "You only have to worry if they go on longer than 10 seconds".

I told them over and over that mine went on for hours and days. This confused them.

They put me on a monitor that transmitted my heart beat 24/7 for a week. I could press a button when they were particularly bad. I was pressing it about 10 times a day. I could hardly walk without huffing and puffing because my heart was not beating correctly.

Nothing was working, till I did some searching and found this site. I read lots of information from lots of people, most of what I read was full of superstition, pseudo-science and conjecture. (Seriously how is drinking apple cider vinegar a cure for EVERYTHING).

It wasn't till I read PVCman's story that something clicked. Potassium! but wait I had tried potassium and it did not work. So I checked what potassium I was taking. it was 5995mg of potassium gluconate per capsule. WOW that's a lot! NOPE it only converts over to 99mg per capsule. I had been taking only 1 pill a day.

I started taking 300mg of potassium citrate a day and within 2 days started to get relief. They still kept coming back. So I doubled it and they started going back to 1997 levels. But I still got them.

I finally went back to the cardiologist and explained what I had found. They did some math and said that I probably needed to take 900mg per day.

So I take about 500mg at breakfast and 400mg at lunch. That usually knocks them back to almost gone. However if I stop taking the potassium they come back just as bad as before.

A word of warning, do not exceed the FDA recommended dosage (which I think is about 4500mg) as potassium over dosage can stop your heart.

Posted Apr 13 2015#2 of 10
ectopicmaniaUser Since: Oct 2013Posts: 15Thanks for sharing your story. I'm glad you are finding success with the Potassium. Did you have a blood test that showed you were low in Potassium??

I too have had pac's and pvc's for about 15 years and have tried different supplements, medications, etc. I was recently diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation so I take Flecainide to help control it until I get the ablation procedure done. I used to be scared of getting tons of pac's and pvc's but I would take those any day versus having a 12 hour episode of Afib. It's horrible when your heart is beating about 150bpm and irregular. Luckily like I said the medication has helped control it and has helped dramatically reduce the pac's/pvc's at the same time

I definitely know I don't get enough potassium a day since I don't eat enough fruits and vegetables. My Potassium levels were always normal but I don't think it's accurate enough from a blood test.
Is the Potassium you're still taking Potassium gluconate??

Eric
Posted Apr 14 2015#3 of 10
TheFlinxUser Since: Apr 2015Posts: 6All my Potassium tests showed normal.

For a while several years ago the PVC's mostly went away. During that time I was eating 2 bananas a day. Since then I got tired of eating bananas and the PVC's returned, at the time I did not make a correlation.

Posted Apr 14 2015#4 of 10
Poul Friang OlsenUser Since: Feb 2015Posts: 9How many did you get daily ? and whats the potassium your taking now ? is that powder ?
I started out of nowhere after being on ppis for two months having thousands of pvcs, had the check ups, EKG, Echo, holter, blood test, but not a potassium test, magnesium test was done and that was inside the limits.
I have thousands and thousands a day, every single minute of the day, and the same stupid answer from the doctors, they are not dangerous, many people have them and do not feel them, well thats not for my case.
I feel every single one of them, and they hurt to, i cant lay on my back, or on my stomach, sometimes i can lay on my left, and right side when im sleeping, i feel my heart pounding out my chest on my left side.
i would say i have around 20000 pvcs daily.

So how many did you have a day ?

And what kind of potassium is that you are taking ? :)
Posted Apr 14 2015#5 of 10
TheFlinxUser Since: Apr 2015Posts: 6

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How many did you get daily ? and whats the potassium your taking now ? is that powder ?
I started out of nowhere after being on ppis for two months having thousands of pvcs, had the check ups, EKG, Echo, holter, blood test, but not a potassium test, magnesium test was done and that was inside the limits.
I have thousands and thousands a day, every single minute of the day, and the same stupid answer from the doctors, they are not dangerous, many people have them and do not feel them, well thats not for my case.
I feel every single one of them, and they hurt to, i cant lay on my back, or on my stomach, sometimes i can lay on my left, and right side when im sleeping, i feel my heart pounding out my chest on my left side.
i would say i have around 20000 pvcs daily.

So how many did you have a day ?

And what kind of potassium is that you are taking ? :)



How many daily? I have no idea, before I started taking the potassium I was having them almost constantly.

As stated previously Potassium Citrate 99 milligram capsules 9 a day.

If your are going to take potassium start at around 300 to 400 milligrams per day. increase it over a period of several days till they mostly go away. For me that was 900 milligrams.

You cannot buy capsules larger than 99mg as the FDA limits it to 99mg so people don't overdose and stop their hearts.

any Potassium will work. Or you can eat 2 bananas a day which is about 900mg.



Posted Apr 14 2015#6 of 10
Poul Friang OlsenUser Since: Feb 2015Posts: 9okay didnt you feel them that hard or what ? :)
yes i've tried eating bananas, and think my stomach is of, always bloated, making noises, almost daily suffer from to much acid.

I need to try something

Posted Apr 14 2015#7 of 10
TheFlinxUser Since: Apr 2015Posts: 6Yes I felt them, constantly all day long.
Posted Apr 14 2015#8 of 10
Poul Friang OlsenUser Since: Feb 2015Posts: 9Did they hurt ? and did you have problems laying in some possitions ?

Good you found something that got rid of yours
Posted Apr 14 2015#9 of 10
TheFlinxUser Since: Apr 2015Posts: 6yes they did hurt occasionally, mostly they made me feel anxious and out of breath.

Posted May 12 2015#10 of 10
SueCurryUser Since: May 2015Posts: 2Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) are premature heartbeats starting off from the heart’s ventricles. They take place before the regular heartbeat and don’t show any symptoms, but you may find some odd in chest like flip-flops, fluttering, pounding or jumping etc. If your doctor suspects such conditions then they will recommend a test electrocardiogram (ECG) carry out through the help of machines provided by http://www.ilexmedical.com/content.php?id=1038 suppliers. They will also use a portable monitoring device for 24 hours to determine abnormal rhythms.
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