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Published: Sep 01 1997 Events: 85 Current Status: Winning / Losing / Indifferent Views: 3467 Likes: 0 Like Subscribe to Timeline
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Event Date: Jun 01 1997 Event Type: Events Building Up To First Experience Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 0/10 More info
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I work in IT and at this time my lifestyle had become very sedentary.
I was in good general health but always suffered with heartburn which was by now reaching extreme levels.
I was consulting my doctor to try to find a way to cure my heartburn.
He prescribed Omeprazole a type of Proton Pump Inhibitor.

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Event Date: Sep 01 1997 Event Type: First Experience Wellbeing: 7/10 PVCs Level: 2/10 More info
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It was around the end of the summer of 1997 that I experienced those horrible flutter or flip-flop feelings for the first time. At that time, I had no idea what it was, but even so it made me feal anxious.

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Event Date: Oct 01 1997 Event Type: Progress - Negative Wellbeing: 7/10 PVCs Level: 2/10 More info
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After commencing with this course of medicines, I was experiencing these flutters more and more.
I can’t be specific about the timeframe because it took me a while to understand the nature of what I was experiencing.

I was suspecting the new medication, but wasn't sure.

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Event Date: Dec 01 1997 Event Type: Visit GP/MD Wellbeing: 7/10 PVCs Level: 4/10 More info
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I went to see the GP about these flutters to get a diagnosis.
The doctor (if memory serves me correct), gave me the usual answer, although he didn't specifiy the condition "Premature Ventricular Contractions", he just said it was a common occurance even in healthy people, and to not worry about it.

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Event Date: Jan 01 1998 Event Type: Diet Change Wellbeing: 7/10 PVCs Level: 5/10 More info
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Over the Christmas period, I took the doctor's advice and stopped worrying about it, which was a mistake...
I took part in the usual over-indulgences of the festive season coupled with the fact I was taking PPI medication which meant I didn't have any heartburn to warn me of what I was doing!
Although the PVCs weren't becoming noticeably more intense in that it was still only a flutter, they were becoming much more frequent.

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Event Date: Jun 01 1998 Event Type: Progress - Indifferent Wellbeing: 7/10 PVCs Level: 5/10 More info
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For the previous 5-6 months, the condition remained pretty much unchanged, with repetitions about 3 or 4 times a day.
Because I was reassured the condition was benign in nature (which it largely is), I just did my best to dismiss it.

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Event Date: Sep 10 1998 Event Type: Other (Holiday) Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 2/10 More info
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I took a holiday to Florida for a couple of weeks, and during this time, I felt pretty good with quite a significant reduction in PVCs (or it may have been that I just didn't notice them while flying around on roller coasters).

Actually, this is an interesting point, because I always felt that the sensation of these "flutters" shared an analogy with the feeling of weightlessness you get in your gut when on something like a roller coaster.

Although generally feeling good and having fun, during this holiday, my friends kept telling me about these white streaks on my clothing, but I didn't think any more of it.

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Event Date: Dec 01 1998 Event Type: Progress - Indifferent Wellbeing: 7/10 PVCs Level: 5/10 More info
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Over the entire year of 1998, I just soldiered on and tried not to pay any attention to these things.
But as most suffers know, ignoring them is not easy and not something you ever get completely used to.

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Event Date: Jan 01 1999 Event Type: Diet Change Wellbeing: 7/10 PVCs Level: 6/10 More info
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As with the January before, I noticed more frequency in the PVCs which in hindsight was no doubt due to the over-indulgences of the festive season.

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Event Date: Feb 20 1999 Event Type: Other (Holiday) Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 7/10 More info
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I took a trip to Asia for a couple of weeks.
During this time, I noticed a couple of things:
1) About 4 days into the holiday, a slight increase in frequency of PVCs and their intensity
2) Due to the hot weather, at the end of each day, my dark coloured clothes were covered in white streaks where I was sweating so much. This was similar to what I experienced the previous September in Florida.

However, on the whole, I was feeling pretty good because I was on holiday and having fun.
The main differences to my lifestyle on this holiday were:
1) Increase in sweating
2) Increase in consumption of alcohol
3) Dehydration as a result of 1 & 2
4) Consumption of food laced with Soy & Fish Sauce and generally much richer than what I am used to at home

Soy & Fish Sauce are very high in sodium. I know sodium can be a factor in arrhythmias, but it is debatable whether I had too much sodium or too little considering the above 4 points.

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Event Date: Jan 01 2000 Event Type: Progress - Indifferent Wellbeing: 7/10 PVCs Level: 6/10 More info
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My PVCs have remained fairly consistent throughout this time.

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Event Date: Dec 01 2000 Event Type: Other (Bought a house) Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 3/10 More info
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In December 2000 my wife and I bought our first home.
It was a very good time. The PVCs had subsided somewhat, although it was probably not so much a reduction, rather it was that I wasn't noticing them so much with everything going on with the house purchase and move etc.

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Event Date: Jan 01 2002 Event Type: Progress - Positive Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 4/10 More info
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The year 2001 had been a pretty good one.
The PVCs had remained fairly consistent and was not causing too much concern.

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Event Date: Jan 01 2003 Event Type: Diet Change Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 4/10 More info
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Because of where we lived, and the location of our workplace, we were often leaving home early in the morning, and getting home quite late. As a result, we started eating a lot more take-away food, mainly Chinese.

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Event Date: Jun 01 2003 Event Type: Progress - Negative Wellbeing: 7/10 PVCs Level: 7/10 More info
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As the year went on, I started to notice the PVC levels steadily increasing.
I was also putting on a lot more weight because of our lifestyle, dependency on cars and with little time to get any exercise.

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Event Date: Dec 01 2003 Event Type: Progress - Negative Wellbeing: 6/10 PVCs Level: 8/10 More info
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By this time, my PVCs levels had increased to a much higher intensity.
I wouldn't say they were any more frequent at this time (say 3-4 times a day each lasting for an hour or so), but they were getting much more noticeable.
By this time, I was also noticing the pause and subsequent thud experienced by most PVC sufferers. That was horrible!

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Event Date: Jan 01 2004 Event Type: Visit GP/MD Wellbeing: 6/10 PVCs Level: 8/10 More info
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In the New Year, I decided to get back to the GP. Especially as it had been a few years since first diagnosis.
I arrived at the doctors, and gave him the low-down of where I was at, during which time he spent most of his time looking at his watch. He went out of his way to make me feel like I was wasting his time. It's hardly like I am a hypercondriac always at the surgery!

He finished off my appointment by reluctantly taking my blood pressure and listening to my heart with a stethoscope and then concluding the appointment by telling me to "live with it".

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Event Date: Feb 10 2004 Event Type: Visit Cardiologist Wellbeing: 7/10 PVCs Level: 4/10 More info
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I had a holter monitor put on me and was removed 2 days later.
But as many PVC sufferers report, the PVCs were reduced during this time. Murphy's law at its worst!!!

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Event Date: Feb 16 2004 Event Type: Continuation From Last Event Wellbeing: 6/10 PVCs Level: 8/10 More info
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Just under a week later, I received the result of the holter monitor tests.
The report said something along the lines of:
"Random additional sinus node pulses detected".

In all honesty, I can't remember the exact wording, but most PVC suffers have an idea.
But one thing that worried me, is that this diagnosis took part during a "quiet" PVC period, I was concerned that the results would have been somewhat different if it had been a "normal" day!

In the meantime, my PVCs (low and behold) had returned to their normal debilitating levels.

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Event Date: Feb 18 2004 Event Type: Progress - Negative Wellbeing: 6/10 PVCs Level: 9/10 More info
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By this time, my PVCs had gone to new highs and was becoming a really worry and debilitating ailment.
I was getting 3,4 even 5 together (which due to popular believe is moving towards an unsafe level).

I decided to book a Bupa health assessment day which not only included the usual well-man tests, but also a Coronary Health Check and CT scan.
My appointment was for the next month of March.

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Event Date: Mar 15 2004 Event Type: Other (Bupa Health Assessment) Wellbeing: 7/10 PVCs Level: 6/10 More info
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I had to fast for 12 hours due to the blood test section of the health assessment.
After this, I was given a cup of tea, sandwich and a selection of biscuits.

The second 30 minutes of my assessment involved sitting down with a doctor to talk about my healkth generallym and of course an opportunity to focus on the ailmanet I booked the appointment for.

Note: It's amazing how much more doctors pay attention when you go private, I actually found the appointment an enjoyable one with the unfortunate side affect of almost NO PVCs!!!

Nobody wants PVCs, but times like this you wish they were present so the doctor could see them for themselves.

Nevertheless, the doctor listened to everything I had to say and concluded what had been suffering with was indeed PVCs.

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Event Date: Mar 15 2004 Event Type: Other (Bupa - CT Heart Scan) Wellbeing: 7/10 PVCs Level: 6/10 More info
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This part of my day involved heading off to London.
I laid on one of these big scary pieces of equipment that rolls you into a confined white tunnel.
I had to hold still without breathing for what seemed an eternity so they could do an accurate scan.

I had to wait about 30 minutes after the scan, and was given a pack with loads of data that I didn't understand, and some gory computer-generated images of my heart showing my ribs and spine etc.

I then had to travel to another site where I sat down with a specialist to discuss the results.

The good news was, my heart had zero build-up of calcium or any other deposits. My chance of developing any serious heart conditions such as heart disease based on this diagnosis were extremely low.

The bad news was, after a day of feeling quite good (like you often do when you've had chance to talk to specialists about the condition) and getting "all-clear" results, is that I left with the idea that although I'd been eating loads of junk food the last 2-3 years, it was okay to continue!

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Event Date: Apr 15 2004 Event Type: New Medicine Wellbeing: 6/10 PVCs Level: 8/10 More info
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Since 1997, I had been depending on PPI (Proton Pump Inhibitors) to alleviate my heartburn.
It had always worked very well, but had recently noticed a relapse of heartburn.
I went to the GP again, who banged on about my weight again (which had increased by another couple of pounds or so since I last saw him).

He sent me to the hospital again to have an Endoscopy. The results of which showed a rather red LES (Lower Oesophageal Sphincter).

He subsequently changed my PPI medication to Lansoprazole. To my delight, this worked wonders and I was again heartburn free.

During this time between mu Bupa consultation and this GP visit, my PVCs had again crept up to uncomfortable levels.

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Event Date: Jun 15 2004 Event Type: ER/A&E Visit Wellbeing: 5/10 PVCs Level: 10/10 More info
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I wish by this time, (as a result of being given all-clears etc by Bupa), I could have reported an improvement.
But unfortunately, my PVCs condition had gone to new heights.

One night it got so bad, that my wife could feel them just laying in the bed next to me without even touching me or my chest.

An hour later, I ended up in the emergency ward.

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Event Date: Jun 15 2004 Event Type: Continuation From Last Event Wellbeing: 4/10 PVCs Level: 10/10 More info
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I spent about 2 hours sitting in the ER/A&E waiting room expecting to drop dead at any second.

After about 2 hours, a young disgruntled nurse called me and with a verbal tone dripping with disdain, asked me to lay on the bed so she could attach the ECG.

It took about 30 seconds to do the reading after which time she removed the ECG and literally ripped off the sensors from my chest leaving me with little bald patches (and I have quite a hairy anatomy!).

As much as I didn't like this nurse's attitude, the most frustrating thing was; while I was laying on the bed with the ECG attached, I did not get a single PVC.

After another hour of waiting (and PVCs relapse), I then was called to go and speak with a doctor. This doctor was much more friendly but I could see it had been a long night for him. I suppose all things considered, mine wasn't the most urgent case and was sent home with some simple reassurances.

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Event Date: Jun 16 2004 Event Type: Continuation From Last Event Wellbeing: 6/10 PVCs Level: 6/10 More info
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For the rest of the night, I did feel some releif and managed to sleep the rest of the night.

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Event Date: Jan 01 2005 Event Type: Progress - Indifferent Wellbeing: 6/10 PVCs Level: 7/10 More info
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I spent the rest of the year with bad days and good days and without trying anything new, I was too scared to! It wasn't a good time, but had learnt I just had to put up with things (or so I thought).

I continued my ongoing course of PPI medication which at least kept the heartburn at bay.

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Event Date: Feb 01 2005 Event Type: Progress - Indifferent Wellbeing: 6/10 PVCs Level: 7/10 More info
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By this time, I had reached the peak of being overweight. I was approx 17 stone in weight (about 108Kg). Just 6 years earlier, I was a mere 13 stone (82.5Kg).

By this time, I had started to research PVCs or rather arrhythmias in general. One of the things I learnt was that due to common belief, arrhythmias and obesity go hand-in-hand. So I signed up to the local gym. The only trouble with that is it just made me hungrier.

Our busy lifestyles coupled with an hour in the gym 3 times a week, we were still depending on unhealthy food options and takeaways which meant continuing with PPIs.

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Event Date: Mar 01 2005 Event Type: Progress - Negative Wellbeing: 7/10 PVCs Level: 8/10 More info
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After about a month of using the gym, although still living off takeaways, I did lose a little bit of weight.
My PVCs however had not improved. In fact, I noticed something new and very unpleasant.

Although I found exercise helped alleviate PVCs temporarily, I also started to experience the occasional painful thud, especially when exerting myself like on resistance apparatus. It felt like an electrical pulse from my ventricles all the way up into my throat. Although very brief, it was nasty.

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Event Date: Jun 01 2005 Event Type: Diet Change Wellbeing: 7/10 PVCs Level: 8/10 More info
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Over the last couple of months between April and May, I decided enough was enough and managed to agree with my boss to work from home a couple of days a week. This saved as much as 6 hours every week and gave me a chance to look into some healthier food options.

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Event Date: Jul 20 2005 Event Type: Emotional Change Wellbeing: 4/10 PVCs Level: 7/10 More info
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Without going into great detail, my marriage came to an end during this month.
It was a huge emotional time which included humiliation and the stress that goes with separation, divorce and the associated activities such as selling our home which I had put a lot of effort into making the home of my dreams.

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Event Date: Aug 01 2005 Event Type: Progress - Indifferent Wellbeing: 5/10 PVCs Level: 7/10 More info
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My PVCs remained fairly consistent during this period.
On the plus side, I had decided to try and see everything in a different light and decided to make the best of the situation.

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Event Date: Dec 01 2005 Event Type: Progress - Positive Wellbeing: 7/10 PVCs Level: 8/10 More info
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Although I had a rough couple of months, I had decided to pick myself up and started to concentrate on the future. The house was sold, I had moved back with my parents temporarily, but was still convinced PVCs were not normal, so decided on some adventures for the following year while I was still capable.

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Event Date: Jan 01 2006 Event Type: Changes to Lifestyle Wellbeing: 7/10 PVCs Level: 7/10 More info
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2006, I decided to turn my whole life around. It became my ambition to tour as much of the world as I could. I decided to lose weight and stop eating so many takeaways.

I hadn't done any more research on PVCs, so I also started to dig a bit deeper. I learnt that electrolyte imbalances were the number 1 cause of arrhythmias, specifically magnesium deficiencies.

I tried various forms of magnesium supplements from local shops, but on further research discovered that only certain types of magnesium have any affect on arrhythmias with many suggesting Magnesium Citrate.

I found some on-line, and put in an order.

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Event Date: Jan 10 2006 Event Type: New Medicine Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 7/10 More info
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Once I received my magnesium citrate, I commenced with a recommended daily dose.
I took this medicine regularly for the next few months. Unfortunately, to little or no avail.

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Event Date: May 01 2006 Event Type: Progress - Positive Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 7/10 More info
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I was still suffering with PVCs, but on the whole was feeling more positive about life.
I had got over the marriage break-up, got over losing my house and was excited about the future.

My contract had changed at work, and subsequently reduced to 2 days work a week. But since I was living with my folks, it was ample.

Although I was still having PVCs, I felt at last I was in control.

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Event Date: Jul 01 2006 Event Type: Other (SCUBA Diving Holiday) Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 6/10 More info
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I went on a holiday to the Philippines to train in SCUBA diving and go island hopping for a couple of months.

During this holiday, I noticed a slight drop in PVCs. I wondered if it was the stress-free environment (which probably did help a lot). I did indulge somewhat with all that glorious food on offer, but thought "what the heck".

About 2 weeks before I came home, I had the worst food-poisoning I have ever had. To cut a long story short, it took it out of me for most of the remainder of the holiday. However, during this time I was prescribed rehydration salts which I took 3 times a day. After about 2 days, I had no more PVCs until I left the Philippines! This indicated to me that electrolytes were playing a part in it all.

Despite the sickness, I got better and just before returning to the UK, I stopped off in Thailand and decided to book myself on an internship to train to be a SCUBA-diving instructor the following year.

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Event Date: Sep 01 2006 Event Type: Other (New possibilities) Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 7/10 More info
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On my return to the UK, I decided the Magnesion Citrate wasn't really working for me, so I continued looking into various causes of electrolyte imbalances and what other supplements might be worth a try.

Also, since I was scheduled to start an internship in just a few months, I decided to concentrate on losing weight. I decided to start regular swimming to get fit for next year's adventure, especially as some of the tests for professional SCUBA certifications are around stamina. I would swim most weekdays and was eating very healthily.

While surfing the web in search of other types of magnesium supplements, I came across something unrelated to arrhythmias, instead something to do with heartburn and the affect it has on nutritional absorption (or malabsorption when deficient). It mentioned about how the stomach works and went on to explain about the Gall Bladder, Pancreas and the enzymes, bile and Stomach Acid all of which work together and why they are all important.

There were 2 significant points for me, one of which was the turning point for several years of arrhythmic misery:
1) A lack of stomach acid makes one vulnerable to illness caused by the stomach's inability to kill bacteria (My food poisoning in the Philippines immediately came to mind)
2) More significantly, good digestion is absolutely key to absorption of Micronutrients (such as electrolytes).

It was a revelation, and gave me new ideas for the future.

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Event Date: Sep 04 2006 Event Type: Other (The magic bullet - well almost) Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 7/10 More info
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While spending some time investigating this issue around nutritional absorption and electrolytes, I found an article where someone who in their later years started using acidic supplements because of heartburn.

I thought "This should be a chuckle, acid to reduce acid!!!", but actually became key to my understanding of the truth for many heartburn sufferers.

It turns out, many who suffer with heartburn are actually deficient in acid rather than producing too much. If the stomach produces insufficient acid, the heartburn is caused by the subsequent over production of bile and other enzymes. This is why the older generation suffer with heartburn more than the younger generation, because of the slowdown of acid production.

Armed with this information, I then realised that these PPI medications were doing me more harm than good. Or at least that what I was forced to assume at that time. So they had to go!!!

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Event Date: Sep 05 2006 Event Type: New Medicine Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 7/10 More info
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Well, not new medication as such, rather giving it up, specifically the PPIs.

Due to popular belief, an unhealthy lifestyle is a key cause of heartburn and other digestive disorders. I knew that I had spent too many years depending on "fast food" and PPI medication to suppress the affects, and since I had started to eat more healthily as a result of living with my parents, I decided to get off the PPIs altogether and see if I could survive without them. I knew I could always pop an antacid if I needed to.

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Event Date: Sep 06 2006 Event Type: Progress - Positive Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 6/10 More info
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After a couple of weeks, I thought I had started to feel a bit of let-up in the PVCs. It may have been psychological, or it maybe have been a genuine result of looking after myself a bit better.

One thing was for certain though, I was still having trouble with heartburn. I had never really bought the "acid to beat heartburn" technique, but thought it was worth a try.

I did go to the doctors with this theory as I know doctors can prescribe HCl medication, but she laughed and said keep on taking the Lansoprazole (PPIs).

So, I dug a bit deeper and once again stumbled across that previous post I read where an older man who uses Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to aid digestion. He was a heartburn suffer that had discovered considerable improvements after making use of such an acidic supplement. Typically by consuming it with meals.

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Event Date: Sep 10 2006 Event Type: Diet Change Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 6/10 More info
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I categorised this as a diet change rather than new medicine, because ACV isn't a medicine as such, it's a food.

From this point, I started taking ACV with every meal. It wasn't very pleasant, as I took a shot of about 20-30ml at the end of a meal; it tasted ghastly!

I think my oesophagus was still somewhat sore from previous heartburn episodes, which did make it hard work swallowing the vinegar. Furthermore, I didn't really feel an immediate result, but the hours proceeding the meals, the heartburn was not there! And I was able to sleep at night without enzymes refluxing into my oesophagus.

I didn't want to get too excited and count my chickens before they were hatched, but it looked like there was some truth in it.

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Event Date: Sep 20 2006 Event Type: Continuation From Last Event Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 5/10 More info
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The ACV was working! So I decided to stick with it. I had since read all sorts of benefits around the use of ACV from stronger hair to stronger fingernails to better skin complexion.

I personally think there is some fanaticism amongst some people in all the information buried in the web on ACV, but there was definitely truth in some in it.

There was something else I notcied as well, but didn't want to get too excited.

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Event Date: Nov 16 2006 Event Type: Progress - Positive Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 5/10 More info
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By this time, to my delight, I noticed my PVCs had improved in both severity and frequency. I could almost describe it as an emotional experience, but don't want to sound like a wet blanket!!!

I found that I was still having some trouble at night time, and I also found I got them occasionally in the afternoons, but it did feel like I was making distinct progress.

I continued with the same lifestyle of swimming, healthy eating and ACV as a supplement. I also started walking more (about 4-6 miles a day).

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Event Date: Dec 20 2006 Event Type: Progress - Positive Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 4/10 More info
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In December, I went out with some old friends for a meal. I managed to wear some clothes that were 10 years old which hadn't fitted for 6 years.

A fashion connoisseur would have spotted the aged clothes a mile away, but I didn't care because I was wearing clothes that I thought I'd never get into again, and my weight was my primary focus and not the opinion of others.

It felt good. But even better, I had experienced a further reduction in those dreaded PVCs!

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Event Date: Jan 02 2007 Event Type: Progress - Positive Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 4/10 More info
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It was another frosty morning when I got my kit ready to do my daily trek to the swimming pool.
I vividly remember this particular morning even to date, as it was brilliant sunshine, crispy cold, but I felt great.

I was now swimming a kilometre a day. OK, Not much by triathlon sports people, but for weight loss and general well-being, it was ample.

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Event Date: Feb 01 2007 Event Type: Progress - Positive Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 3/10 More info
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Another month had passed. I had kept up my swimming, walking, healthy eating supplemented by ACV.

My PVCs had now reduced to such a level that if they had always been like this, I would probably have never bothered to question them, they were that low.

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Event Date: Mar 01 2007 Event Type: Progress - Positive Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 2/10 More info
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By this time, I was fit, had lost 3 stone in weight since my lowest point, and was ready for my ventures in Thailand which were due to begin on the 12th of the following month.

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Event Date: Apr 12 2007 Event Type: Progress - Positive Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 2/10 More info
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On the 12th April 2007, I arrived in Thailand all kitted out to start my SCUBA instructor internship.

This was the first day of the best time in my life.

I had lost loads of weight (even one of the instructors noticed it from my visit the year before). I had all but eliminated my heartburn, and best of all, had almost eliminated my PVCs.

The next few weeks had another surprise though...

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Event Date: May 01 2007 Event Type: Progress - Positive Wellbeing: 10/10 PVCs Level: 1/10 More info
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Anyone that has been to Thailand in April may know of Songkran. It is a celebration of the coming wet season and the Thai new year.

I can honestly say it's the most fun I have ever had in public. But it was after about a week of Songkran, and another 2 weeks of getting started with my diving courses that I suddenly realised, I had not noticed any PVCs at all for some time.

Fantastic!!!

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Event Date: Jul 20 2007 Event Type: Emotional Change Wellbeing: 10/10 PVCs Level: 1/10 More info
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In July 2007, I met my now wife and to-be mother of my children.

It was at this time, my priorities started to change. I had had some fun on the rebound of a marriage breakdown, but now it was time to think about the future.

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Event Date: Jan 01 2008 Event Type: Progress - Positive Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 1/10 More info
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A month after returning to the cold in the UK, I was still fairly fit, but I had lost that enthusiasm to go swimming and walking. It was almost like the end of an era, and looked like things could be going downhill again.

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Event Date: Feb 01 2008 Event Type: Progress - Indifferent Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 1/10 More info
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By this time, I had settled into UK life once more. I moved to another part of the country where cycle paths are in abundance, and bought myself a decent bike to commute with.

I also bought a home gym and started using it 4 days a week.

Thankfully, I didn't let myself go like I thought I was going to in January.

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Event Date: Mar 01 2008 Event Type: Progress - Positive Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 1/10 More info
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I settled into a god routine of exercise and kept fairly fit and slim.

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Event Date: Jun 01 2008 Event Type: Emotional Change Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 1/10 More info
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I had half-planned to move to Thailand, however due to the work I do and am proud of, I decided to stay in the UK and bring my fiancee to the UK.

I travelled to Thailand to log a visa application for my fiancee to join me here in the UK.

Anyone that has been through this process will know like me, that it can be a painful one.

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Event Date: Jan 01 2009 Event Type: Progress - Indifferent Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 1/10 More info
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The rest of 2008 was uneventful and without any noticeable relapses of PVCs or heartburn.

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Event Date: Nov 01 2009 Event Type: Progress - Indifferent Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 1/10 More info
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Went to Thailand again for a holiday.

Still no significant heartburn or PVCs.

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Event Date: Aug 30 2010 Event Type: Changes to Lifestyle Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 1/10 More info
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The birth of our little girl Jasmine. :-)

Still no significant PVCs or heartburn.

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Event Date: Jan 01 2011 Event Type: Diet Change Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 1/10 More info
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Since the birth of my daughter, I had lapsed somewhat with healthy eating and exercise. I had started to gain a few pounds (half a stone to be accurate).

I still wasn't having any significant problems with PVCs, but was starting to realise I was slipping back to my old ways, albeit not with the dependency on takeaways.

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Event Date: Feb 01 2011 Event Type: Progress - Indifferent Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 1/10 More info
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I started to cycle again after a few months of car use.

I was still doing fine on the PVCs front, but had started to get a bit of heartburn again. Not just because of my dietary slippage, but also because I wasn't keeping stocked up on ACV. But I changed this and bought another 6 months supply.

Also at this time, we started the purchase of a new home (we were renting up until then).

With the way the finance industry has gone over the last 3 years, obtaining a mortgage had become more stressful than the process of moving.

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Event Date: Apr 01 2011 Event Type: Changes to Lifestyle Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 1/10 More info
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Contracts signed, exchange completed. Got they keys and the new house is ours.

Happy days!

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Event Date: Jan 01 2012 Event Type: Progress - Indifferent Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 1/10 More info
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The rest of 2011 was pretty uneventful.

I had not shed those few extra pounds I put on previously, but I was not significantly over weight so wasn't too troubled.

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Event Date: Mar 13 2012 Event Type: Changes to Lifestyle Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 1/10 More info
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The birth of my little boy Alex.

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Event Date: Jun 01 2012 Event Type: Progress - Indifferent Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 1/10 More info
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Crap summer!!!

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Event Date: Jul 20 2012 Event Type: Changes to Lifestyle Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 3/10 More info
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Started training for the London to Brighton cycle ride.

Although I was fairly fit, I wasn't used to endurance, so had to get up to speed.

The few days I chose to train on, were fairly warm. I am the sort of person that sweats very easily and I sweat a lot!

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Event Date: Aug 13 2012 Event Type: Continuation From Last Event Wellbeing: 7/10 PVCs Level: 7/10 More info
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I spent the previous weekend doing some more intensive training. I cycled a total of 60 miles. During this time, I drank 3 litres of water, but did not wee one single time. I did however sweat loads. By the time I got home, my charcoal coloured t-shirt was covered in white stripes. Something I have always suffered with.

Some nutritionists/medical professionals claim that these white streaks are a signal of too much salt etc In the diet, but I believe everyone is different and in my case it is a result of the body flushing out electrolytes resulting in a deficiency.

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Event Date: Aug 15 2012 Event Type: Progress - Positive Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 2/10 More info
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Since the intense workout last weekend, my PVCs have dropped off again (thankfully).

I have also bought some electrolyte tablets to start putting in my drinking water while out cycling.

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Event Date: Aug 17 2012 Event Type: New Medicine Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 2/10 More info
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Received the electrolyte tables, and have been using them 3 times a day.

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Event Date: Aug 28 2012 Event Type: Continuation From Last Event Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 1/10 More info
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PVCs are once again no more. And I'm fairly certain the recent relapse was due to that sweating and loss of electrolytes.

One thing I wondered, is that the 8 months I was in Thailand, I never had any PVCs. But I sweated tons every day. But then I remember that Thai food (which I ate every day) has a lot of Soy and Fish sauce in it. These products have high sodium content. Just a thought!

I was also using ACV the whole time.

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Event Date: Aug 30 2012 Event Type: Changes to Lifestyle Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 1/10 More info
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Scrapped car and we are now a car-free family.

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Event Date: Sep 09 2012 Event Type: Progress - Negative Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 3/10 More info
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My wife and I have just returned from a holiday in Devon.

Whilst there, we both indulged in unhealthy eating, mainly because we were focusing on having a good time instead of healthy living. I have noticed a significant increase of heartburn and some PVCs.

Now we are back home, it's all back on track. We are back to wholesome healthy eating, and yesterday I did the London to Brighton cycle ride. Apart from being knackered, I'm feeling pretty good, but need to get my slight relapse of heartburn and PVCs back under control.

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Event Date: Sep 16 2012 Event Type: Progress - Positive Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 2/10 More info
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Although I have not been eating perfectly (due to activities and outings), my PVCs are pretty low once more.
I have been using the electrolyte tablets along with plenty of water.

One point worth mentioning, I do drink coffee, about 1.5 mugs a day. The reason it is 1.5 mugs, is that I take a small camping flask to work on my bicyle, and it holds about 1.5 cups. I hate instant coffee, so don't bother to make coffee at work (which is no doubt a good thing!!!)

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Event Date: Jan 31 2013 Event Type: Progress - Indifferent Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 3/10 More info
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Haven't updated for a while...

I am still getting PVCs a little bit but this is largely due to the fact that I have not been overly careful about looking after myself.

When I first stared to overcome my PVCs, I was eating plenty of fruits and veg and regularly took ACV, now I am eating too much non-fruit and veg and depending too much on processed food. I am also not taking ACV regular enough.

I am training for a long distance sponsored cycle ride, so as from this coming week, I am going to change my diet and get back on track.

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Event Date: Feb 17 2013 Event Type: Progress - Positive Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 3/10 More info
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Did my first 50 training bicycle ride this year (66 miles to be precise). 10 years ago, I would have though this would be impossible my PVCs were so bad. But since I've had a slight increase in recent months and I don't want a relapse, I have got my butt into gear!

I found I had an elevated amount of PVCs in the first 20 minutes or so of the ride, but then it was as if these knew they weren't going to win, and gave up. I didn't have them for the rest of the day.

I went on to do some pretty tough cycling with some serious hill climbs!

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Event Date: Mar 03 2013 Event Type: Progress - Positive Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 3/10 More info
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Last night, I only had about 4-5 hours sleep. Nothing to do with PVCs, but a crying son. Anyway, went out this morning at 8am and did another 60 mile ride.

Some PVCs at the beginning, but like last time were then gone!!! Had a great ride and didn't feel tired at all by the time I got home.

I have been eating some rubbish recently, and now I am training for a serious cycling charity ride, need to get my diet sorted and get some proper fibre in my diet.

Feeling very positive!!!

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Event Date: Mar 11 2013 Event Type: Progress - Positive Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 3/10 More info
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Have been eating a lot more fruit, veg and salad.

PVC not yet eradicated, but I think I've proven before that PVC reduction through poor diet and electrolyte imbalances takes more than just a few days.

Still feeling very positive.

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Event Date: Mar 15 2013 Event Type: Progress - Positive Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 2/10 More info
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Am feeling pretty positive right now.

I am booked to participate on an 80 mile cycling sportive tomorrow.

I tell you, 8-9 years ago, I would never have believed in a million years that I would be doing something so energetic and demanding. But I discovered a long time ago that deciding it's not possible, is the very thing that stop people from doing such things.

No matter how any PVC sufferer reading this may feel about themselves, please don't give up. I didn't, and it is really paying dividends.

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Event Date: Mar 16 2013 Event Type: Continuation From Last Event Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 2/10 More info
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Unfortunately, due to bad weather, the 80 mile ride was canceled. So I only got to do 40 miles today.

It felt like 100 miles though because of the strong winds.

But not a PVC in sight :-)

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Event Date: Mar 25 2013 Event Type: Progress - Indifferent Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 2/10 More info
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Having a pretty good time at the moment with very few PVCs.

However, I have been getting a lot of random cramps in the legs, back, ribs even fingers. Not sure why, but I think it could be linked to PVCs.

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Event Date: Apr 01 2013 Event Type: Continuation From Last Event Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 2/10 More info
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I have been taking some electrolyte tables in my drinking water, and I believe it has helped with cramps.

I had a few PVCs Sunday night after a big dinner with loads of roast potatoes and beer, but I think that was my fault for over-indulging!

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Event Date: Apr 03 2013 Event Type: Continuation From Last Event Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 1/10 More info
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PVCs, pretty much non-existent. The only reason I don't set it to zero, is because I know undetected PVCs are common and normal. :-)

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Event Date: Apr 13 2013 Event Type: Other (Not feeling great :-() Wellbeing: 6/10 PVCs Level: 1/10 More info
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On this day, I was suffering a little with migraines and a bit of dizziness.

I wasn't getting any PVCs/Ectopics as such, but on checking my blood pressure, it had gone through the roof.

At one point, it went up to 180/100! My nominal readings are 120/80.

As the day went on, my blood pressure did go back down, and I had only one reading that was 180/100.

I don't think this is ectopics related, I think I'm just going through some stress at work and I let it get to me. I had also been sick the week leading up to it. So it was probably just a case of everything coming to a head.

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Event Date: Apr 26 2013 Event Type: Continuation From Last Event Wellbeing: 7/10 PVCs Level: 2/10 More info
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A few PVCs but nothing that a non sufferer or someone not familiar with PVCs would be aware of.

Still getting some head pains though and some visual disturbances analogous to that of migraines.

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Event Date: May 09 2013 Event Type: Diet Change Wellbeing: 9/10 PVCs Level: 1/10 More info
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Only a few PVCs here and there. Certainly doesn't bother me.

I have started cutting back on salt. I mean the rubbish you get in processed foods. It is quite amazing how much there is in some foods.

I do however use sea salt in water when cycling and I'm amazed the difference it makes to my well-being after a cycling event.

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Event Date: Jun 01 2013 Event Type: Other (Something new...) Wellbeing: 8/10 PVCs Level: 3/10 More info
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This morning as I was coming out from the supermarket I experienced something I have never had before.

I had a feeling in the center of me chest very similar to the flip-flop feeling you get with PVCs, but this was much worse. It wasn't just a quick flutter, it was intense and lasted a few seconds. I just started to get light-headed and then it went off again. I was convinced for a few seconds that I had gone into cardiac arrest, it was not at all pleasant.

Because of this episode, I have decided to get my diet sorted out once and for all. I keep talking about this in my recent timeline events but now it's time I acted properly.

I have decided to build this into a new facility which is part of profiling. Watch this space...

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