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User Story Written By: AndyRew

Originally Published: Jan 15 2010 Views: 11,668 Comments: 7 Linked Discussion Posts: 0

The most common cause

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Electrolyte imbalances are the single most common cause of Premature Ventricular Contractions. Although I refer to an imbalance, the cause of Premature Ventricular Contractions is more commonly due to a deficiency of an electrolyte rather than an excess.

Although a deficiency in any electrolyte can trigger the condition, it’s most commonly a deficiency in magnesium known as Hypomagnesemia which is the cause for most. Therefore, I will concentrate on this condition for the remainder of this page. The best way forward, would be to get a blood test that looks specifically at your blood's electrolyte levels.

Magnesium and Hypomagnesemia

The condition Hypomagnesemia is where the magnesium levels in your blood are too low. Magnesium is so important to our bodies. It is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body and is essential to good health. Ironically, only 1% of magnesium is needed in the blood, but the body works very hard to keep blood levels of magnesium stable. Magnesium is required for hundreds of biochemical reactions in the human body. More specifically, it is fundamentally responsible for normal muscle and nerve function, keeping heart rhythm stable, supporting a healthy immune system, and keeping bones strong.

As well as Premature Ventricular Contractions, Hypomagnesemia can also cause other symptoms such as (to name a few):

* Muscle cramps

* Muscle weakness

* Muscle tremors

* Abnormal involuntary movements

* Twitching eyelids or other facial twitches

* Tiredness

* Brain fog

* Disorientation

For me, one distinct link between Premature Ventricular Contractions and the above list was twitching eyelids. I also had other periodic twitches in facial muscles like the muscles between my cheek and my nose.

The causes of Hypomagnesemia are many and varied, but the best known ones are listed here.

* Medications

  - Proton Pump Inhibitors

  - Water pills

  - Pentamidine

  - Amphotericin B

  - Some antibiotics

* Alcoholism

* Chronic Diarrhoea or Laxative Abuse

* Chronic vomiting

* Bartter's Syndrome

* Hyperthyroidism

* Hyperparathyroidism

* Hypercalcemia

* Diabetes

* Pregnancy

* Hungry bone syndrome after parathyroid gland removal

* Tubulointerstitial disease

* Malabsorption - (Poor digestion such as that caused by Proton Pump Inhibitors)

While discussing each of the above causes in detail is beyond scope (at least for now) you can always use your search engine to research each of these more thoroughly. I could compile detailed information about these, and may well do in the future, but since it’s a distinct possibility that it’s only one or maybe two of these causes triggering your Premature Ventricular Contractions, I don’t want to lose focus of the subject in hand.

The next thing to do is to decide what action to take. Since the combinations of what could be causing an electrolyte imbalance are so varied, it would be best for you to decide yourself what to try given the information above.

One thing that you need to consider is that taking a supplement alone may not combat a deficiency. For example, in my case I was suffering from Hypomagnesemia but no amount of magnesium supplements would help simply because I was also suffering from Malabsorption brought on by inadequate stomach acid and enzymes.

One theory I explored and found evidence of is that magnesium is hard to absorb. It is best absorbed gradually through eating plenty of fruits and vegetables rich in magnesium such as green leafy vegetables and bananas. Therefore, if you have a deficiency, doubling up on magnesium supplements may not be the quick fix you would like it to be. Furthermore, if you do have digestive disorders, then this may be your biggest problem.

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david Type: Visitor new york new york
Posted: 9 years ago

i just wanted to thank you for writing this ad i have read it over a few times and thoguht i was going out of my mind.i do have acid reflux and went on a wacky diet which conssited of only veggies and milk after 2 weeks on the diet and 2 weeks in bed after having to see a gastro doctor i started to experience these pvc's which have not gone away or sunsided yet i am in the care of a cardiologist and he has me using a monitoring system as of right now and when i send in the results they tell me we will send it to your doctor no cause for alarm but meanwhile this is not helping my situation one bit. i still suffer from constant skipping and fluttering in my chest.i just today 8/30/10 went out and bought a bottle of applecider vinegar a bottle of liquid potasium and also magnesium to try its made by lifetimne its a magnesium blend of magnesium malate and citrate and is actually flavored with orange vanilla to help with taking it and the potassium i found is by twin lab liquid potassium aka liqui- k its also sugar and sodium free i think from being drained my body still has not regrouped after 2 months closer to 3 months after stopping a diet that depleated my system off basically everything i had i really dont wanna be on meds for this for the res tof my life like beto blockers are supposed to help and basically what they do in the short of it is block calcium they say and overabundance of it is no good for you at all including your heart.i cut out all the thing to be thought of or at least i thought that were triggers mainly caffeine again i wanan thank you for writing this and would definately appreciate you writing me back and letting me knwo what you think of what i wrote and please lead me in the right direction if you feel anything i have said was wrong thanks again sincerely from new york david

KrayRay Type: Joined: Dec 28 2010
Posted: 8 years ago

So if im 5'1 and 210lbs... ACV can still help me?
It seems like this came on after I gained weight.. I do have alot of gas and for being only 24 I feel like Im dying...Its so horrible

marcia Type: Visitor USA
Posted: 8 years ago

Dear Phil,
I found your articles most interesting. I have been diagnosed with PVC's and mitral regurgitation. Do you have any comments for me regarding the mitral regurgitation?

PVCMan Type: Visitor UK
Posted: 8 years ago

Hi Susan,

Many thanks for your comments. That is a very interesting point RE magnesium and calcium together, it's not one I have ever thought of but possibly very significant! Another reason why people can't put their finger on it perhaps?

Also about taking 6 weeks to start to replenish magnesium deficiencies. I feel it is this sort of thing is why so many give up on a remedy before it has had time to work.

As far as apple cider vinegar is concerned, please take a look at the blogs "My personal Story" and "Heartburn..." I have gone into a bit of detail there about my use of ACV and how it helped.

Again, many thanks for your comments, very useful!

Dave Type: Visitor UK
Posted: 8 years ago

Up until a couple of weeks ago, I was getting PVCs every day, and had been for a couple of years I think.

But I think I’ve finally nailed what was causing them – a sodium deficiency. I’d cut back on salt so much that I wasn’t getting enough (sodium is apparently an electrolyte as well as magnesium). I made my discovery by accident – I had some Doritos (salty crisps) at a party (something I wouldn’t normally eat) and noticed that the next day my PVCs more or less disappeared. At first I couldn’t think why this should be – but then the penny dropped.

So I’ve slightly increased my salt intake, and, touch wood, my PVCs haven’t returned. Perceived wisdom is that too much salt is bad for you, but in my case at least, it would seem too little can also be detrimental.

PVCMan Type: Joined: Oct 01 2009
Posted: 8 years ago

Hi Dave,

Excellent stuff. I know what a massive relief this is when you finally put your finger on it.

Good to hear someone else has made progress.