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Old 08-08-2008, 11:11 AM
 
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I was diagnosed a year and a half ago with PVCs (pre-ventricular contractions). That's when the heart appears to pause (skips a beat) and then there's a big thud as the premature beat kicks in. I was also diagnosed with NSVT, which is less common in young people--it's when the heart has a bunch of PVCs in a row with no normal beats in between, and is dangerous because if there are too many PVCs in a row the heart is not working properly during that time. I have the palpitations every day for the past year and a half. Sometimes I'll have several PVCs a minute, other days I'll just have maybe 10 PVCs in the whole day. I had a complete cardiac workup by an electrophysiologist (specialized cardiologist), including echocardiogram, and everything was normal, but my holter recorded 150 PVCs/24 hour period.

Now my hubby has the same thing--just developed it in June. We are pretty surprised that we both have the same thing, given that we're both in our early 30's. My family has a history of heart palpitations, but not until much later in life.

I'm wondering if it's something environmental. NSVT is very unusual in young people and my cardiologist was very concerned when he found it on my holter. I was surprised when hubby developed the palps, but now he has NSVT too!
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Old 08-08-2008, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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I have palpitations too and I guess I get them from my Mom. It is scary when it happens because it feels like everything is out of rhythm, and that makes it worse because my adrenaline starts pumping. I have noticed certain things trigger mine, like getting up too fast, drinking too fast, being frightened by something, or taking deep breaths.
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Old 08-08-2008, 12:28 PM
 
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I have noticed certain things trigger mine, like getting up too fast, drinking too fast, being frightened by something, or taking deep breaths.
The deep breaths triggers mine too, and through some Internet research I realized that I have a hyperventilation syndrome. I am always taking very deep breaths, and when I started asking my family, they always noticed this too. So I stopped doing that, even though it's hard, and my PVC's have diminished a lot. Other than that, I don't have any triggers that I can figure out. DH doesn't have any triggers that he knows of either.
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Old 08-08-2008, 12:37 PM
 
Location: San Diego North County
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I have fairly frequent palpitations, but I have Mitral Valve Prolapse--a relatively benign, but sometimes uncomfortable condition in which the mitral valve flaps closed with one overlaping the other rather than closing correctly, like a set of shutters. Are you sure that you have been diagnosed correctly?
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Old 08-08-2008, 12:49 PM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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Little info. I take Atenolol 25mg (1x-day) for irregular heart beat. This pill is used to treat pain (angina) and BPH. Also after a heart attack to improve survival. This drug works by blocking the action of certain natural chemicals in your body such as epinephrine on the heart and blood vessels, which in essence lowers the heart rate, blood pressure, and strain on the heart. This info is directly from the printout given me with the pills. Another name would be TENORMIN. Good luck all. Steve
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Old 08-08-2008, 12:50 PM
 
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I have fairly frequent palpitations, but I have Mitral Valve Prolapse--a relatively benign, but sometimes uncomfortable condition in which the mitral valve flaps closed with one overlaping the other rather than closing correctly, like a set of shutters. Are you sure that you have been diagnosed correctly?
I had a full cardiac workup by a cardiologist/electrophysiologist--echocardiogram, holter, several EKG's, physical exams, etc. I was just there in January too, and everything was normal. Everything was normal except what the holter showed. I know it's unusual for a young woman to have PVCs, and especially NSVT, but all my tests came back normal. Also had complete bloodwork panel. There are no more tests to have. I went to the top cardiologists at a top university teaching hospital. I am confident in my diagnosis.

I just find it odd that my hubby has the exact same thing!
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Old 08-10-2008, 11:46 AM
 
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Whats changed in your life in those past few years? New products (teflon pans, HBA, pills, fried food history? Move?)

"For benign PVCs, anxiety is the most common cause. Increased levels of adrenaline are thought to play a role, often caused by caffeine, exercise or anxiety. Some other possible causes of PVC in adults include the use of cocaine, amphetamines, and alcohol. Medicines including digoxin, sympathomimetics, tricyclic antidepressants, and aminophylline have also been known to trigger attacks of PVC. [1]

Heart conditions or a previous history of heart attack, ischemia, myocarditis, dilated or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, myocardial contusion, atrial fibrillation and mitral valve prolapse may cause PVC. Patients with hypomagnesemia, hypokalemia, and hypercalcemia may also present with PVC.

PVCs in young children are thought to be associated with developmental factors of the autonomic nervous system. In older children, sympathomimetic drugs, such as cold or asthma medication may cause PVCs, along with mild cases of viral myocarditis"

"Possible triggers
Anxiety/Stress
Chocolate
Caffeine
Cocaine or other stimulant
Calcium/magnesium imbalance
Dehydration
Exercise
Hormonal imbalance
Hypercapnia (CO2 poisoning)
Hyperstimulation of the Vagus nerve
Lack of sleep/exhaustion
Overeating
Low copper
MSG "

Premature ventricular contraction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 08-10-2008, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Cali
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Look for some meds you started taking or stop taking suddenly.Check your coffee and cafeine intake.hth
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Old 08-10-2008, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Somewhere.
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My other half started having heart palpitations after eating his lunches for the past month or so. He got rid of most of the salt in his diet and he doesnt get them anymore.
His sandwiches used to consist of high salt wheat wraps, lots of salty pickles, salty cheese, salty veggieburgers, salty mayo. Plus he would snack on salty snacks and much boxes of cereal(they have alot of sodium as well.)
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Old 08-13-2008, 12:57 PM
 
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This is off the wall, but I have them too and am wondering if it is the wifi in the building where I work. In addition, there are radio/microwave towers everywhere continually bombarding us.
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