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Published: Jan 01 2011 Events: 1 Current Status: Winning / Losing / Indifferent Views: 1599 Likes: 0 Like Subscribe to Timeline
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Event Date: Jan 01 2011 Event Type: Progress - Positive Wellbeing: 7/10 PVCs Level: 0/10 More info

The only things that I have found to help me has been to perform my physical workouts in line with specific heart rate goals and perhaps drinking alkaline water. I also stay away from rogaine. (You should read some of the small print on that stuff, but thats another story)

With irregular PVCs occurring as much as 15000 times per day during two of the worse stretches I had, I didn't sleep well and was stressed out.

Doctor said I can workout so I decided to try training my heart (my own idea as far as I know) to respond to rapid fluctuations in demand. I am 56 and work my heart rate to 150 bpm fairly quick(approximately 25 seconds) by running on a tread mill, around the local reservoir or local track) I have found that it works only doing it quick (20 to 30 second effort)as opposed to a gradual increase to 150 bpm.
As soon as my heart rate monitor (I use a Garmin forerunner 305) says that I hit 150 I immediately go to a slow walk until the rate falls to around 110 bpm. The idea is to train the heart to respond to demand more efficiently in the hope that it improves it's ability to read signals properly.

Sounds weird I know, but for me it worked almost unbelievably. Presently my PVCs are so few that I would have to take my pulse for several minutes before i feel one. I don't feel them in my stomach like I once did. That was the worse. In fact I really don't feel them at all unless I take my pulse and try to feel it, so something must be right about what I have done.

I don't run any steady distance and I am careful to not go over 150 which is about 90 percent of my maximum heart rate based on age. The idea is to go up fast and come down as quick as possible.

I know 90 percent sounds like a lot, but I only run fast enough to touch 150 then go right to a slow walk. During a typical workout I would do around 6 of these, but I have done as many as 12- 14 around a 3.5 mile reservoir workout. Run to 150, walk to 110 and repeat.

Amazingly it made a reduction in pvcs after the second or third workout and proceeded to reduce markedly as time went on. It got to the point where they were virtually gone.

However, one time I had a scary set back when I decided to really haul it during a track workout where I went beyond my MHR on 5 very fast 200 meter sprints. I will never do that again! It brought back my PVCs with a vengence for a few weeks to the point I was afraid to do even my regular workout. I was truly worried that I had hurt my heart. After about 6 weeks I began my 150 bpm/walk routine and within about three weeks I was good again. I think I likely overstressed the heart and it was irritated, but not damaged at all.

And at 195 lbs at 5'10" that was stupid, and I will wait to get in better shape before trying those waters again.

I always warm up with 15 minutes of walking, then 1 or 2 slightly easier not as quick runs to 150 bpm. Then my joints feel better and I run quick so that it happens in around 20-25 seconds to get to 150. Again, as soon as I get to 150 I immediately go to a slow walk.

Well there's what has worked for me. The reason I added my story is because I know how it feels to have pvcs and figure maybe this method could work for someone else. It has made a huge, huge difference in mine.

Just make sure your doctor allows it like mine did. Running fast works for me but anything that can raise your heart rate in a short period can work just as well. Just don't forget that half the fix is getting the signal to your heart that it needs to slow down so don't be afraid to stop completely in order to get the quickest slow down possible. That is the whole idea. Quick and sudden rate change signals to the heart. it's all about the demand change.

The alkaline water thing may help. I noticed after I installed a reverse osmosis filter with a final alkaline cartridge (needed because water from a reverse osmosis makes water slightly acidic)that my pvcs seemed to disappear quicker. This may be a coincidence as my pvs were already improving with my workouts. I only mention it because there was a huge drop in pvcs the very next day after drinking from it. probably a coincidence but worth mentioning.

Hope this helps someone.Gary

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