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User Story Written By: PVCMan

Originally Published: Nov 27 2009 Views: 41,583 Comments: 48 Linked Discussion Posts: 0

My Personal Story...

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I had lived with Premature Ventricular Contractions for some 10 years. It started around 1997 when I first started working in an office. The first symptom I ever experienced was not quite the same as the symptoms that came once the disorder really developed. It first started with that horrible flutter or flip-flop feeling that most sufferers experience, but I never used to notice the subsequent ectopic beat resulting in that horrendous thud. That came later.

I work in IT and at that time my lifestyle started to become very sedentary. I don’t believe in my case that the sedentary lifestyle was specifically responsible for my Premature Ventricular Contractions but such a lifestyle definitely contributed to another condition which was. I was in good health but always suffered very bad heartburn. Let’s face it though, with all the drugs advertised on television, and all the prescriptions available through a pharmacy, it’s fairly obvious heartburn is an issue for many. But since mine was hereditary, it was definitely quite an extreme case. Many sufferers have stated that they feel there is a link between gastric ailments and Premature Ventricular Contractions, and while I was not positive that this was the case for me, it was definitely something worth my while exploring.

About three or four months before I first started experiencing Premature Ventricular Contractions, I was consulting my doctor to try to find a way to cure my heartburn. On a daily basis, my heartburn was getting so bad that it was seriously affecting my ability to focus on my work. Furthermore, I found myself getting through double the recommended amount of antacid medicines to try to combat the discomfort.

My doctor subscribed a type of medicine which many heartburn sufferers have probably heard of. The group of medicines are commonly known in the states as Proton Pump Inhibitors (or PPI). There are many variants of this medicine such as omeprazole, esomeprazole, lansoprazole, pantoprazole and rabeprazole but they all do a similar thing which is a distinct and long-lasting reduction of gastric acid and enzyme production. I will not name any specific brands as the PPI industry is a massive business worldwide, and I don’t want to disappear from society because I have voiced an opinion against the giants within the pharmaceutical industry!



After commencing with this course of medicines, I eventually started to experience Premature Ventricular Contractions. I can’t be specific about the timeframe because it took me a while to realize that what I was experiencing was actually Premature Ventricular Contractions, however I later went on to grasp that my condition was related to these PPI medicines.

Before I go any further, one of the things that I and many other sufferers will probably know is that an imbalance of electrolytes in the blood can trigger Premature Ventricular Contractions. Without going into too much detail, electrolytes are salts that conduct electricity and are found in the body fluid, tissue, and blood. These (as well as others) include chloride, calcium, magnesium, sodium, and potassium. Proper balance is essential for muscle coordination, heart function, fluid absorption and excretion, nerve function, and concentration.

Although I was not sure of what electrolyte I was deficient in, popular belief amongst sufferers is that a lack of magnesium is the most common cause. Many sufferers have tried various forms of magnesium and have had distinct success. Unfortunately though, this wasn’t the case for me.

I tried magnesium for a while, but as there are many different types I started to wonder if I needed a different variation. I started to research magnesium on the web but deliberately excluded Premature Ventricular Contractions topics to see if there was another approach to consider. One day I was reading about magnesium intake and all the things to consider, for example intake through supplements, dark green vegetables and a number of cooking ingredients. I’m sure the best source of magnesium is open to debate, but the point that suddenly hit me is that the article stated that magnesium is difficult to absorb in the absence of good digestion. BANG! That was it, after about 10 years, I stumbled across the issue by complete chance.

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Alistair
Alistair Type: Visitor Tonbridge UK
Posted: 8 years ago

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Dan
Dan Type: Visitor Orlando Florida
Posted: 8 years ago

Great document. I have suffered with these things for about 5 years. It does sometimes feel like there is going to be no end.

I have often wondered if the medical industry dismisses it because they don't really understand the condition.
Having said that, it seems they understand the condition and propose remedies, but don't bother to look at prevention.

Anyway, great post PVCMan

DONNA
DONNA Type: Visitor Indianapolis, IN in the USA
Posted: 8 years ago

I had an ablation back in 2000 because my heart would kick off and do about 180 beats a minuted which I learned to suppress by inhaling to the top of my lungs and holding it for a bit, then it would stop. Took meds for years and finally decided on the ablation. Worked beautifully. No more attacks of the fast heart rate. Since the middle of January of this year, I began throwing the PVC's and they are worse than I have ever had them. Going to sleep at night is not easy. Don't know what is causeing them, my stomach seems to be fine, nothing bothers my stomach as far as what I eat. I am about 35 lbs. overweight and am working on that. My lower back hurts but do not think that has anything to do with the PVC's. I have been taking Metoprolol since the ablation, don't know why the cardiologist put me on that, and just recently went to the cardiologist because of the PVC's starting on me in January. He tried me on something else, don't remember the name of it but it made my feet and ankles swell so I got right off that. Went back to the Toprol or I should say the generic for it, Metoprolol. Dr. said there is something called Solotol but I do not want to do that as I would have to go into the hospital for four days as there is some risk to it. I have had PVC's once in awhile but nothing like this now. It is with me when my eyes open in the morning until I finally get to sleep at night. That is my problem. I am willing to try taking the Apple Cider Vinegar like the PVC MAN said. Do I get that at a Health Food Store? Blessings, Donna

Niklas
Niklas Type: Visitor Lund, Sweden
Posted: 8 years ago

This article was really great. I'm a 20 year old male and I first started having PVC's about a year ago when I was drinking moderately in college. They would be most severe the night after. I didn't realized that alcohol was causing them and I had the same situation as PVCMan... they would keep me up at night. To make matters worse, I would try to get to sleep with a glass of wine...So they just got worse. I've since reduced my drinking to close to 0, and don't get them at night anymore. However, I am now a bodybuilder and I often get several PVC's when lifting. I'm going to see a doctor soon and hopefully get a EKG. It's not worth worrying anymore, and to take the risk (however small) that something is seriously wrong. //Niklas

PVCMan
PVCMan Type: Visitor Cambridgeshire UK
Posted: 8 years ago

Hi Niklas,

Good job... See the doctor in the first instance just to make sure there's no underlying health issue, this then gives you the freedom to look at many other options.

I tried the gym thing when my PVCs were at their worst, and I did sometimes notices that the PVCs seemed to be harder and more noticable when resistance training. But now I have pretty much got rid of my PVCs, I am pleased to say no form of training is a problem for me anymore.

Good luck with the docs.

Phil

PVCMan
PVCMan Type: curepvcs.com Joined: Oct 01 2009
Posted: 8 years ago

I strongly recommend getting advice from your doctor in the first instance if you are worried about something as serious as a heart attack. The information on this site is populated by individuals most of which are not qualified to answer questions about personal risk.

You really should eliminate any serious underlying heart disorders with your doctor before following any advice here or any other web site. Once you doctor has eliminated any serious health issues then you can start to try alternative remedies found online.

PVCMan
PVCMan Type: Visitor Cambridgeshire UK
Posted: 8 years ago

I generally only take apple cider vinegar after meals or when I get heartburn.

Many though take it at set times a day. You really need to work out what works best for you.

As far as adding it to what is concerned, I don’t. Rather I knock back a neat dose of about 20-30ml of acv and have a couple of mouthfuls of water to wash my mouth out since acv can erode dental enamel (and I do swallow that water as well).

LJT
LJT Type: Visitor Philly PA
Posted: 8 years ago

Really great post. I started with the PVCs like a year ago and was obviously very alarmed by them. Im 5'9" and 120lbs, 26 years old and very fit. My doctor too told me they were nothing to be concerned about, but its hard to ignore the feeling that your heart is about explode.
I also have terrible acid reflux and started taking OTC PPIs around the same time they started. Im really excited to give the natual remedies a try. Now that you mention it, I started taking Align instead of my PPis (which is amazing for any stomach problem sufferers) and my PVCs were reduced during that time.
Im going to give it a try again. Thank you for bringing this correlation to my attention!

Roger
Roger Type: Visitor Saint Louis Mo
Posted: 8 years ago

Nice post. My name is Roger, I am 41 yrs old. I have had the Braggs ACV in the fridge for a month or two now, and just got it to take as needed. Seems my Horrible PVC's came back tonight, I couldnt sleep :( I guess I will give it a go using it everyday. You post sounds promising, thanks for taking the time to care about others and share with us.

I have had pvc's since around the age of 20. Last year I had an episode of afib for the first, and hopefully last time. I was an alcoholic, and smoked alot as well. I gave them both up last year. The Afib was like a pvc that didnt end, thats the best way I can describe it. Then my heart rate/rythem was all over the place. Very frightening.

No more episodes of Afib. I am currently taking Coreg for Blood pressure, and lisinopril for the same. Also I take Lipitor for Cholesteral, and Niaspan for trygliserides. I have had terrible months were I was having pvc's every single day, and maybe 60 times a day. Talk about scary. Doctor even had me on a monitor on one of my worse days. He disregarded them as harmless pvs's though. More recently I been doing pretty good, maybe one or two a day, sometimes even a day without. Its where it hasnt been on my mind constant ya know. Thats why tonight sucked having about 4. Everytime I lay down at that. I immediately drank some braggs. I am going to start drinking it everyday, 3 times a day as recommended on the bottle. I will post my results here. Thanks Again, Rog

KrayRay
KrayRay Type: curepvcs.com Joined: Dec 28 2010
Posted: 7 years ago

Hello! I am a 24 yr old female and weight 210 at 5'1.My deal is this... I gained 60lbs in less than a yr.. A year later I started experiencing random strong beats.. I looked online, and it stated a heart palpitation. They were tolerable...so for 2 yrs, I have been experiencing these. Randomly 2 months ago, I woke up at 9AM and had multiple ones that would not go away.. I was so scared I thought I was gonna die... I go to the ER... they said these things are called PVC's... Im like o my gosh what is wrong with me... So I go see my primary the next day... and she gave me xanax to sleep otherwise I would be dead it seemed like... The next day I went to the Cardiologist... He gave me a holter moniter...ruled it out the next day... Then dd and EKG...Everything was normal he said my heart looked ok. So i go back to my primary doc... she says ok so now that we have ruled out any heart problems.. lets work on stress... so she prescribed me an anti anxiety/depressant... I go to the pharmacy to pick it up and the pharmacist says ok so this will make you feel very depressed and suicidal ffor 4-6 weeks.. I walked out of CVS and threw the meds in the trash I was so sad, crying, wow it was so sad.A few days later, today I feel weird.. like im always on edge waiting for these things to come... randomly. They happen when i sleep.. esp on my left side.. they happen in the morning,,, they happen all the time so I dont think its food related... I seem fine I might be a little anxious but not that bad.. so the cardiologist prescribed me a beta blocker low dose.. it worked for a few days made me real tired and out of it.. but 3 weeks later now... im feeling them again. So my Q is.. Is it because im fat? Heartburn? I dont know its so weird...HELP!!! <br />XO

KrayRay
KrayRay Type: curepvcs.com Joined: Dec 28 2010
Posted: 7 years ago

Hello! I am a 24 yr old female and weight 210 at 5'1.
My deal is this... I gained 60lbs in less than a yr.. A year later I started experiencing random strong beats.. I looked online, and it stated a heart palpitation. They were tolerable...so for 2 yrs, I have been experiencing these. Randomly 2 months ago, I woke up at 9AM and had multiple ones that would not go away.. I was so scared I thought I was gonna die... I go to the ER... they said these things are called PVC's... Im like o my god wt heck is wrong with me... So I go see my primary the next day... and she gave me xanax to sleep otherwise I would be dead it seemed like... The next day I went to the Cardiologist... He gave me a holter moniter...ruled it out the next day... Then dd and EKG...Everything was normal he said my heart looked ok. So i go back to my primary doc... she says ok so now that we have ruled out any heart problems.. lets work on stress... so she prescribed me an anti anxiety/depressant... I go to the pharmacy to pick it up and the pharmacist says ok so this will make you feel very depressed and suicidal ffor 4-6 weeks.. I walked out of CVS and threw the meds in the trash I was so sad, crying, wow it was so sad.
A few days later, today I feel weird.. like im always on edge waiting for these things to come... randomly. They happen when i sleep.. esp on my left side.. they happen in the morning,,, they happen all the time so I dont think its food related... I seem fine I might be a little anxious but not that bad.. so the cardiologist prescribed me a beta blocker low dose.. it worked for a few days made me real tired and out of it.. but 3 weeks later now... im feeling them again. So my Q is.. Is it because im fat? Heartburn? I dont know its so weird...HELP!!!
XO

PVCMan
PVCMan Type: curepvcs.com Joined: Oct 01 2009
Posted: 7 years ago

Excess weight and PVCS definitely go hand-in-hand. I’m not convinced excess weight causes them, but they certainly exacerbate them.

I assume that as you have commented on this story, you have read it all?

I covered all sorts of issues around my personal experience, and I have a sneaky suspicion that your scenario sounds a lot like mine before.

Have you tried anything mentioned above?

Also, can I suggest you sign-up and start a thread because this section is only really intended for comments rather than questions.

Thanks
PVCMan

Elbilly
Elbilly Type: Visitor Ca, USA
Posted: 7 years ago

Hi and thank you for this site, I hope to find it help full.
Here is my story 5 months ago had this feeling and didn't know what it was but after 2 days having the same symptoms I paid a visit to my local ER to find out I was having PVC, wth, my cardiologists already ran all his test and he says everything is normal and not to worry about passing out, low blood pressure, chest pain and shortness of breaths.
But he is not feeling what I feel, now some of you know what I'm talking about, but I just turn 32, non smoker, non drinker, never had drugs of any type, hate coffee and chocolate, I'm 5'10" and 165 lbs, used to be very athletic, till about 2 years ago had an accident at work and can't domuch anymore.
I get runs of 3 and 4 PVC at night, one night had 14 in a row and I was about to pass out, could not sleep all night with PVC, I hear often PVC are not good.
All my blood test are normal, my hormones are normal, my thyroid is normal.
Please help me I want to be cure as if yesterday.
Any chance PVC was cause by a 12 feet bight fall where I landed on all 4 and hurt my chest? Or from taking davocet?
Thanks in advance

Phil
Phil Type: Visitor USA
Posted: 7 years ago

I appreciate everyone’s comments and I do hope I may have found relief for my PVC's and acid indigestion.
I would appreciate some direction on how much, and how often, you are taking Vinegar per day.

Thanks to all for your time and consideration!

Alex
Alex Type: Visitor Florida USA
Posted: 7 years ago

TO:PVCMAN, thanks for the post, my situation is very similar to yours. I've been suffering from Acid Reflux almos all my life, I started taking many different PPIs until I settle in with Nex..., I while after that i started getting my PVCs, most of the time I get it the very next day after hacving a few drinks, I can't sleep, if I'm sleep this will wake me up, I did have EKGs and been to the ER many times but my PVCs never showed when Im at the hospital until recently, thats when the DR. told me it was not dangerous and nothing to worry about, well that's easier said than done, all I do is worry all the time not know when the next one is gong to happen. I also take Xanax only when my axiety levels are too high and I cannot control it. Last night, I was having dinner with my wife during a weekend on the beach when I started getting my PVCs, my wife knows me so when she saw my face she knew I was getting an episode, It is not only embarrasing but frustrating. I will try the Apple Cyder and see how it works for me. I have been taking Nexium for 10 years now and I want to see if I can stop this., One question, is the Apple cyder to be taken for life? or How long do you take it for?. You mentioned 20 to 30ml, how ofter do you take it?

Thanks againg for the post, now I know that I'm not along, I try to explain it to my friends and they think I'm crazy.

Cheers from Orlando, Florida..

k scholz
k scholz Type: Visitor Hermosa Beach California
Posted: 7 years ago

Hi, I'm a 51 year old male. six feet tall and 175 pounds. I have been suffering from premature ventricular contractions since I was about 20 years of age. It has been absolutely awful. I always thought that one day they would just go away but they have only gotten progressively worse.
I have always been an athlete, running, swimming etc. However, I have gotten so paranoid and upset over these beats over the years that I have stopped running and only swim in a pool now.The beats scare me so bad and cause so much anxiety, that I don't feel comfortable being to far away from my car, house, etc.
I have had every test done to see exactly what was causing the skipped beats. Treadmill, echocardiogram, 24 hour holter monitor, ekg etc. Doctors have always told me just to relax and not to worry about them.
However, that's easier said then done and I can't put into words just how frustrated I am.
Doctors have told me that I may have a slight/trivial regurgitation. Otherwise totally normal...
I have a naturally slow heart beat around 57 beats a minute. Doctors have put me on a Calcium Channel Blocker to help subside the skipped beats. Although, to be honest with you I have had little to No success. I would sure appreciate any help that anyone could offer me. I am totally out of anymore ideas. I cut out caffeine, coffee, soda, sugar, salt. I take vitamins Magnesium, Omega Fish Oil. Multi Viitamin Packs, protein drinks and try to stay away from alcohol. What can I do to help alleviate these horrible beats once and for all.

Thanks for any input
Sholz

Rodel
Rodel Type: Visitor Philippines
Posted: 6 years ago

Thanks for the post. I hope this Apple Cidar Vinegar will help me.

Robyn
Robyn Type: Visitor Morgan,USA
Posted: 6 years ago

I have liked reading all your stories. I Have a lot of PVCs in 48 hrs they counted 73,603. Having this many is not good. It is now causing me to have heart failure. I have had 3 ablations this year and they were not able to stop them. I am going to have another one soon. All the doctors will tell you that it is not connected with gas and reflux but they are wrong. It sounds like you all have stomache problems too. I will have to let you know my outcome. For years I have been told by my Doctor that my PVCs were fine but he was wrong. He never bothered to see how many I was really having.

heidimairim
heidimairim Type: curepvcs.com Joined: Feb 23 2013
Posted: 5 years ago

I have had heartburn which is resistant to antacids for the first time too . I have decided to ask my yoga tutor if I can have some specific routines to try to help that & the PVC's , I got diagnosed last month .

Evie
Evie Type: Visitor San Mateo, USA
Posted: 5 years ago

I am withdrawing from life due to my PVCs. I'm afraid to drive the car, because the PVCs are so strong I pass out for a few seconds at a time. I have to bend over or squat to keep from losing my balance. Apparently I have bad acid reflux for which I was recently given medication. Sometimes I wonder if I am just going to drop dead. I have a pacemaker and defibrillator but they don't help control the PVCs nor does Carvedilol. I'm on water pills, but take potassium and magnesium supplements. Anxiety sets it off sometimes....

PVCMan
PVCMan Type: curepvcs.com Joined: Oct 01 2009
Posted: 5 years ago

Hi Evie,

I'm lucky though that I've never suffered with the faintness, but everything else sounds oh so familiar!

JK
JK Type: Visitor Los Angeles
Posted: 5 years ago


I just started getting acid indigestion for the first time in my life about 8 months ago, dont know why, thought it was about aging or something. I started using bottles of TUMS antacid. Then the horrible PVCs started about one month ago.. I ended up in the ER ,no known cause they said. But perhaps there is a connection between the acid indigestion and PVCs ?
I will try using Apple Cider Vinagar instead of the antacid calcium tablets, TUMS, thanks for the suggestion
Also I have gotten some relief from the pvcs by taking a natural whole food magnesium tablet, 100 mg a day. I believe it might make a difference if the Magnesium is from a food source. as the body recognizes it better

PVCMan
PVCMan Type: curepvcs.com Joined: Oct 01 2009
Posted: 5 years ago

Hi JK,

I had always suffered with heartburn long before I started getting PVCs, but it did seem like the increases of medication for me was what started the PVCs.

One thing to consider though, I have found that Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) does not compensate for over eating or unhealthy eating. Also, if like me you spent a long time not eating properly or eating bad foods, it may take a little while for your tummy to settle down.

I started eating the correct amount of calories through healthy foods a week or two before the ACV started to work properly.

Also recently, I have had a bit of a relapse because of eating too much and not eating healthy foods, and I found the ACV was only partly effective. Now I have started eating better, it has started to become much more effective.

PK
PK Type: Visitor Alexandria
Posted: 5 years ago

Interesting read. It's been six (6) years or so since I started experiencing PVCs (had palps my whole life but not these). Started with gastro issues, then heart stuff (mentioned in most posts) and then we went through every test in the book. Heart was fine although there was one test the Doc left out. Once a poo sample was provided I was diagnosed with Giardia. So I was elated, thought the issues would all go away once we eradicaed the little beasts. Sadly not the case but based on what you've written here it may be (every case is different) the little bug caused some imbalance.

You mentioned the sphincter relaxing in the absence of acid. That does occur to me at times, which has been puzzling. I can't figure out why. It's also annoying but I won't go into to why.

In any event, my PVCs aren't life shattering but they are annoying. I learned to simply live with them and not let them bother me. Also, I noticed my condidtion does not differ whether I'm drinking, eating crappy food or not. I know this because I've tested both scenarios with no descernable change. Odly enough I'm writing this after eating lunch and I have not had a PVC yet...but it's a matter of time I think.

I will give the ACV a try (I love Carolina BBQ sauce anyway) and post any results, which seem to be missing from this board.

PVCMan
PVCMan Type: curepvcs.com Joined: Oct 01 2009
Posted: 5 years ago

Thanks PK for that information. It is always good to read the experiences of others whether it's a similarity, or something completely different to everyone else.

Please keep us posted. Might be good to start a thread on this.

Butch
Butch Type: Visitor Atlanta, USA
Posted: 5 years ago

Thank God......This sums up what I've been putting together for a while. I've been taking ppis for 15 years & stopped a month ago. My heart burn has all but gone due to a diet change which was dictated by my high blood sugar. Now things are getting much better. I lost 15 lbs. from ditching all the junk foods, the pvcs are subsiding, & the panic attacks are going away. I'm living a very clean life now (@ 65) & feel great ! No alcohol,coffee,acidic foods, no smoking,lots of exercise, low carbs( no simple carbs ) this article was incredible !

PVCMan
PVCMan Type: curepvcs.com Joined: Oct 01 2009
Posted: 5 years ago

Butch...

This is good news. Good to hear you're making progress.

Dolphinatic
Dolphinatic Type: curepvcs.com Joined: Nov 02 2013
Posted: 5 years ago

PVCMan, I want to thank you for opening my eyes to a potential problem with acid reducing medication. I stumbled onto this site in desperation to find some help for my heart "thumps"- that have been getting worse in the past year. I've also been on omeprazole for a couple years. After reading your story that mimics mine I stopped the acid pill and bought Braggs Apple Cider vinegar. I take 6 tablespoons a day and I've also started taking magnesium citrate and Taurine. It's only been one week but I will stick with it. I appreciate your help!

Steve
Steve Type: Visitor North Royalton, Ohio, USA
Posted: 5 years ago

I'm back lol

z32lex
z32lex Type: Visitor Moncton, NB, Canada
Posted: 5 years ago

I'm 66 and although physically fit, had a second heart attack Nov 2012, likely from job stress before retirement. During my following angiogram the surgeon enlarged my 10 year old right coronary artery stent to such an extreme that I got chest pain. I'm wondering if this enlarged stent may be causing cross-talk of heart nerves causing PVC?

But after the angio a year ago I started taking Metoprolol (slows heart rate), Pantaprozol (stomach liner), aspirin and Clopidogril (thins blood) and Rosuvastatin (lowers cholesterol). About 3 months in the PVC started and by August I couldn't work a decent days work. PVC continued to get worse and a Holter monitor check indicated 3000 missed beats in 24 hours but some days were much worse than that and I was likely missing 6-8 thousand on a bad day. About 2 months ago I read these CurePVCs.com comments.

So 2 months ago I reduced drugs to only Clopidogril and 80 mg of "non-coated" Aspirin (to eliminate all sources of stomach indigestion) each day. PVC has improved markedly now and sometimes I can work 7 hours per day while before stopping the 3 drugs, a 3 hour day was a maximum.

I'm hoping that things continue to improve with just 2 drugs. More later if the PVCs continue to lessen.

Thanks PVCMan for your coordination of this serious life issue.

Andrea Fraser
Andrea Fraser Type: Facebook Joined: Feb 01 2014
Posted: 4 years ago

What about PVCs being from mirena? I've heard stories and I've had it for almost 2 years and they are getting worse.

undefined
undefined Type: Facebook Joined: Aug 26 2013
Posted: 4 years ago

i have pvcs since 30 years ago hadi

Brave Sir Robin
Brave Sir Robin Type: Visitor Royersford, PA
Posted: 4 years ago

I am a 56 year-old male, in very good health - I walk, run, bicycle, play golf, etc. I have a fairly low resting heartbeat (in the 40s and 50s). I started getting PVCs about 2 years ago. They would occur for about an hour and a half, then just disappear for days or weeks. I've even gone without them, on separate occasions, for 7 and 8 months respectively. A week ago, while I was doing a walking workout on the treadmill, they returned after an 8 month absence. They have continued erratically since then, even disturbing my sleep. I did visit a cardiologist when I had experienced them two years ago. But of course, I wasn't showing the symptoms in his office even during a stress test. he said I shouldn't be concerned about them. From many of the stories I see on this board, I'm luckier than many in that I've only experienced them for a very short time of my life. I am going to try the ACV approach, as I have had heartburn/reflux for the last few years, too. I mostly treat it with antacids and acid reducers. I hope there's a connection, and that I can at least reduce the PCV symptoms. Thanks for the advice, and I sure would like to hear about the results of others on this board as to how they are progressing. Thanks!

Brave Sir Robin
Brave Sir Robin Type: Visitor Royersford, PA
Posted: 4 years ago

One other thing I forgot to note on my first post. The cardiologist mentioned (did not prescribe) Hawthorne herbal supplement as possibly being helpful in relief of PCV symptoms in some cases. I have started taking it, but it may be a while before it builds up enough in my bloodstream to have an effect. I will revisit and report in a couple weeks.

JumpyGathers
JumpyGathers Type: Visitor Mukwonago USA
Posted: 4 years ago

If it reassures anybody, I've had PVC's since I was in my twenties. I am now 63 and doing quite well thanks. The older I get, the less of a problem they have become. I am in pretty good shape, exercise moderately, and have taken daily aspirin since I was 40. When I was 55 I went through a bad period of PVC's and went to a heart specialist who set me up with a stress test. He saw something he didn't like and set me up for an angiogram. After it was over and I was awake, he came up to me and informed me I passed with flying colors, and then asked me an odd question. He said " how do you do it " ? Confused, I had to ask what he was talking about. He stated that he had never seen such clean arteries in a 55 year old in his entire career. I told him about the aspirin a day plan I had been on which was recommended by my Japaneese doctor when I lived in Hawaii. I also drink beer regularly, and I'm convinced that helped, so I continue that plan too. This week I was put on Clindomicyn by my Dentist for a tooth abscess. This causes me great indigestion and the PVC's started up after a long dormancy, but they'll pass when I finish the antibiotic.

faith
faith Type: Visitor USA
Posted: 4 years ago

I am having bad spells of these. My doc says they are benign. After I eat they seem to really come on strong. How many teaspoons/should I take? also, do I need ACV after anything I eat even if it's just an apple?

mayank
mayank Type: Visitor india delhi delhi
Posted: 3 years ago

Get
Hey guys try to take some ginger when PVCs are on...believe me it will be a help like I can feel its going settle in few mins....if it works in your life forward it to each and every blog on PVCs....

Hefner
Hefner Type: Visitor US US
Posted: 3 years ago

Digestive enzymes. If you can find this supplement you can greatly benefit from it. Even a asymptomatic person that doesn't have any issues still benefits from this.

TBert
TBert Type: Visitor Kensington, KS USA
Posted: 3 years ago

Am a 75 year old male and have had pvc's for what seems most of my
life. Have been controlled with Toprol-xl at 200mg/day and a permanent pacemaker for a long time. Pvc's started again a few months
ago while doing a taper from Ativan. Have been off completely for 6 weeks and perhaps they will subside, however, in researching possible triggers and self help methods, I see a common denominator in most stories of GERD or acid indigestion along with sleeping positions and the
standard triggers. Due to the increase anxiety without the Ativan, I have noticed an increase in stomach discomfort. The only self help I can logically see, is addressing the stomach problems, increasing sleep,
and avoiding any food triggers. In addition to taking a PPI, I have been
taking anti-acids prn and it definitely helps. I can tell anyone from past experience with the ACV experiment, it is definitely ******* your tooth enamel even if you rinse after ingestion.
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TBert
TBert Type: Visitor Kensington, KS USA
Posted: 3 years ago

Am a 75 year old male and have had pvc's for what seems most of my
life. Have been controlled with Toprol-xl at 200mg/day and a permanent pacemaker for a long time. Pvc's started again a few months
ago while doing a taper from Ativan. Have been off completely for 6 weeks and perhaps they will subside, however, in researching possible triggers and self help methods, I see a common denominator in most stories of GERD or acid indigestion along with sleeping positions and the
standard triggers. Due to the increase anxiety without the Ativan, I have noticed an increase in stomach discomfort. The only self help I can logically see, is addressing the stomach problems, increasing sleep,
and avoiding any food triggers. In addition to taking a PPI, I have been
taking anti-acids prn and it definitely helps. I can tell anyone from past experience with the ACV experiment, it is definitely corrosive to your tooth enamel even if you rinse after ingestion.

Birdy
Birdy Type: Visitor Apopka/orange county
Posted: 2 years ago

I have about 1/4 of my heart beats are PVCS and they really don't bug me and do not want an ablation anything I can do? My anxiety is up and my wife is over it?

Lawzymercy
Lawzymercy Type: Visitor Charlotte, NC, CSA
Posted: Last year

I've had PVCs for a number of years but they recently got so bad I was getting lightheaded from them. Went to cardiologist and got Holter monitor. Over 24 hour period I experienced over 23,000 PVCs which was 24% of my heartbeats. Numerous couplets and triplets with a few quadruplets thrown in just to scare me even more. Doc wanted to have me schedule an ablation asap as he was concerned with such a high percentage of my heartbeats being PVCs that I could go into total fibrillation and cardiac arrest.

My primary care physician was the first to suggest thT it could be related to something in my stomach irritating the vagal nerve, which in turn caused the dreaded PVCs. While I was waiting for the ablation appointment to come around I decided to keep a journal of what I ate and to see if I noticed any pickup in the rate of PVCs connected to any particular food. I did so and found a common thread in the foods that seemed to give me problems.....sucralose, which is Splenda, the artificial sweetener.

I cut out all foods containing sucralose and the PVCs dramatically improved almost overnight. I still am having a few of them but they are spread out and barely noticeable. In fact, the longer I have been off the sucralose, the fewer and fewer the PVCs have become. What a blessing! I was able to cancel the ablation and get my life back!

Nclib
Nclib Type: Visitor Kernersville, NC
Posted: Last year

Hi PVCman, thank you so much for sharing your story! Do you take the ACV before or after you eat, and/or at certain times of the day? And do you take the 20-30 mL each time? Thanks!

AC
AC Type: Visitor Albany, USA
Posted: Last year

I can't thank you enough for this article. Your situation and mine sound so much alike. About a year and a half ago I started with reflux. I tried every PPI which gave me bad side effects. I then went to H2 blockers which also gave me side effects. I have a definite sensitivity to these meds so I have to stop taking all of them. Lo and behold about 6 months ago I developed PVCs. They came out of nowhere. My cardiologist tells me they are benign but they sure don't feel benign when you're feeling them. I started putting 2 and 2 together and also came to the conclusion that the meds were causing my PVCs. I am just starting on the Apple Cider Vinegar routine so I am hoping there will be an end to this stress. btw, I also have a twitching left eye!!

Thank you!

bfrocks30
bfrocks30 Type: curepvcs.com Joined: Apr 02 2018
Posted: 2 months ago

So great to hear someone finding a solution to these awful things. I'm curious do you ever remember how many PVCS you were getting on the holter? I just like to get idea of how drastic of a change it was for you.