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Event timeline added by: jethoel72

Published: Jan 01 2012 Events: 1 Current Status: Winning / Losing / Indifferent Views: 522 Likes: 0 Like Subscribe to Timeline
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Event Date: Jan 01 2012 Event Type: First Experience Wellbeing: 0/10 PVCs Level: 0/10 More info
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Estimating the "event" to be four years ago. I believe I've had them all of my life - I can remember feeling my heart beat skip or slow as a child and I would just take a really deep breath and all would be good. I didn't know they were palpitations or PVC's.

So, approximately four years ago, the palpitations just wouldn't stop. Big breaths didn't do any good. This went on for a day (possibly more) before I got scared enough that I went to see my primary care doc. I was nearly in tears - I thought I was having a heart attack in my late 30's/early 40's. They referred me to a cardiologist a few days later who gave me a holter thing to wear for 24 hours. I feel like I was constantly pushing that button. Then I had an ultrasound of my heart (very cool to see and hear my heart) and a treadmill test and was told I have PVC's, they are benign but I could take Metaprolol for them. Within a day the PVC's calmed down enough for me to forget them like I always had. I still take the Metaprolol. I see a different cardiologist now but only for the prescription. I am terrified to go off the Metaprolol.

A year or so ago, my GYN took a really long listen to my heart and asked if I was aware I had a murmur. I wasn't but apparently it was "known" to the cardiologists. I always thought murmurs were something you were born with and didn't mean anything. Now I'm reading they can be the result of damage. I wonder if the PVC's and murmur are related. So, years later, I am planning to ask my cardiologist questions I should have asked years ago.

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