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31 comments

  • I drink coffee is that why

  • Wrong. PVCs and PACs are NOT extra beats. There are the same number of beats, but one comes a bit too soon.

  • I'm reading all the comments in the last day of 2017. I have just recently started feeling irregular heart beats and that thumping thing. So I decided to have my ECG. I consulted an internist and she gave me a beta blocker. I am feeling fine upon waking up but when afternoon comes, my heart is firing me many PVCs so as when I do some chores. I went to the cardiologist, and yes, she said it's nothing life emergency. The heck? If you be in my place and you feel this unusual thing going with your heart, you can never say it's normal. Sigh. I'm just 27 y/o 🙁

  • I get them randomly and sometimes I get one while exercising scary stuff.

  • Been struggling with PVC'S for over 5 year now. This year i'm turning 31. It's helish. Sometimes I experience thousands a day. Been going to a very famous cardiologist who says its nothing to worry about. To be honest, its hellish and I often think I would be alot happier and my life would look totally different if I didn't have this condition.

  • Im gonna go get the pvc ablation done the Dr didn't mention that…

  • Hey guys! Though I know PVCs are benign in the absence of an underlying heart condition, it still seems that one of the most difficult things to deal with for those of us with PVCs is the anxiety and fear that they cause. God has used them, and the anxiety they cause to bring me closer to Him, and I’ve learned to (imperfectly) set my hope on certain promises in His Word. I want to share a few truths that the Christian worldview offers that can eliminate these anxieties.

    First, the Christian worldview claims to eliminate the fear of death:

    “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself [Jesus] likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.”
    -Hebrews 2:14-15

    How does Jesus free us from the slavery of the fear of death?

    Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” -John 11:25-26.

    We’ve all sinned against the God who created the heavens and the earth, so we all deserve death. Jesus (fully God and fully man) never sinned- He did not deserve to die. When He died, He was dying the death that WE deserved to die. He died for OUR sins. We were found guilty in God’s court, and we all owed a fine: “DEATH”. Jesus paid that fine for us in full when HE died, so that by receiving Christ’s payment for our sins by faith, all our sins- past, present, and even future- are fully and finally forgiven. Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead, defeating death of all who trust in Him.

    Those who trust in Jesus will never ultimately experience death. Sure, they will die, and their spirit will be separated from their body for a time, but only temporarily. Even during this time they will be conscious, and with the Lord which is “far better” (Phil 1:23). When Jesus comes back, God will raise our bodies and make them immortal. As Paul writes “this mortal body must put on immortality” (1 Cor 15:53). We won’t live ‘in the clouds’ forever, but on a “New Earth”. It will be like this Earth, but without sin, pain, or death- and most importantly the full presence of God will be there (Rev 21:1-4). If we truly believe this, we will be able to laugh in the face of death. Nothing is more emboldening.

    2. God is in complete control of absolutely everything.

    “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But meven the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not,therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” -Matt 10:29-31

    God is in complete control of every single PVC- and every single molecule at that! Nothing happens apart from Him- and if you are a Christian He is your loving Father! No PVC, PAC, AFib, Heart Attack, or any other condition escapes His sovereignty. Nothing can happen outside of His plan, which brings us to our next point.

    3. If you love God, then you can be sure that these PVCs are good for you.

    That sounds very strange, but it is true. “Good” here is being used in the ultimate sense- I.e. what is best in God’s eyes, which is for us to be changed to be like Jesus.

    “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son” -Romans 8:28-29

    If you are a Christian, your PVCs are a tool God is using to make you look more like Jesus.

    4. If you love God, your suffering is “light” and “momentary” compared with what is to come:

    “We do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” -2 Cor 4:16-17

    God may choose to stop your PVCs today- or you may experience them the rest of your life. However: they will seem as nothing when we experience what was talked about briefly in point one- resurrected, perfected bodies on a perfected Earth with God forever. Hang in there Christian. The best is yet to come.

    [A brief disclaimer: these thoughts are only beneficial if Christianity is true; and I would argue that it is far and away the most internally consistent worldview philosophically, historically, morally, scientifically, and that God’s word is self-authenticating (email me if you are interested in resources to show these things)].

    Hearing from you all has also been very helpful for me. If you want to talk about PVCs, or Jesus, or anything at all please email me: patricknickerson2 (at) gmail.com

  • i have both pvc and pac, its so scary to me, i feel like im going to die sometimes. i have been on a holter monitor for 24 hours and thats when they found i have pacs and pvcs. they said they think its not serious but if i want to relieve the symptoms i have ( flutters, thumps etc) i can take a betta blocker. i dont like medication so looks like i will be dealing with this for the rest of my life. 🙁 i am scared i will have a heart attack or faint or something. what can i do?

  • Just came back from the ER with pac's and pvc's about 20 a minute. I got a work up done by a cardiologist earlier in the year but they weren't so frequent when I saw him so I thought I'd go to the hospital for an ekg just to rule out any thing dangerous since I'm having so many right now.
    They said I was fine which is a relief but damn I can't live like this, it's awful. I'd like my life back.

  • this is a nice succinct t description of pvcs and pacs. i've done some videos on youtube on this very subject – it is definitely a very common problem

  • they keep saying the word benign.  It might be benign medically but when its happening to you, it doesn't feel benign.  Something has to be done about this problem.

  • Sometimes I feel as if getting off of caffeine, especially if you've consumed it regularly for many years or most of your life, then you get these after you taper down. I know that sounds opposite but about 30 days ago I gave up soda and caffeine completely.  3 to 4 weeks later , I started getting PVC's. After about a week with them , they've started to taper off a little. I think that your heart needs to adjust to life without the constant stimulant and it's a rough adjustment.

  • well this just made my summer pathophysiology course slightly easier!  the cardiovascular system disorders part anyway lol

  • Well now I'm a bit worried. A few weeks ago I went to the ER for something completely unrelated to my heart, but during my visit, I was diagnosed with ventricular bigeminy, and told it's very common, and really not a big deal, but that I should followup with a cardiologist. The cardiologist ordered some tests, the first of which was a stress test. My cardiologist's associate happened to be present during the stress test. The test showed that the PVCs became much worse during activity, at which point the cardiologist became very concerned. He then insisted his staff reschedule my Echocardiogram to be done ASAP, and my followup visit with him afterwards was to also be scheduled ASAP. He also told me to double up on the beta blocker meds. I go see him in two days to get the results of the Echocardiogram. But, now I see this video which states that the PVCs getting worse with activity can be "very serious." Now I'm wondering just how worried I should be.

  • It's happening to me right now!!! DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO…. my cardiologist said that I'm not going to die from it….

  • I'm getting this right now. I'm on day 3. I can say that my favorite part of my life is sleeping.

    //EDIT : Jan 2015. looks like it lasted 9 days. Stopped for 5 days. Started for 1 day. Stopped for 13 days. Started for 12 day. Stopped after that and it has been a few months (June 2015).

  • I know this is scarey i have been dealing with pvc for almost 5 years I'm 20 now. At first i was afraid that my heart is going to stop. You get used to it but every once in a great while i feel a PVC that last longer than usaul then my heart slows followed with my hands feet and face going pale during one of these episodes i see and feel different sometimes i think this is how it feel right before you die

  • i am sure they said that she has PACs and said that there is nothing they would do for her… like checks until after she has the baby because l demanded further investigation…. her heart beat was 3 times as much…. does this also effect the baby …. as she had spotting the next day.. but was told nothing to worry about… it is worrying as she is carrying a baby…

  • It was very shocking as someone l know who was nearly 6 months…. it was very hot… and she was sitting down and nearly had a black out… l could see the pulse jumping and her chest really moving… we had to call help and they read her heart been to be nearly 300 she stayed in hospital all day and than released to go… will this disappear after she has the baby…. very worried for her…

  • I would go see another cardiologist if I were you.

  • It is absolutely horrifying that my heart is constantly doing this, that I am constantly dizzy and that my Dr has said, your fine?? I know that having bigeminy and trigeminy beats can happen to everyone, especially people who use caffine, but I have stopped caffine – I exercise more – and I seriously feel like this is getting worse. It is hard to say I believe you Doc. I know how I feel – and it isn't normal.

  • I'm 49 and I can remember getting these at 14 or 15 years old, when I ran cross country for my high school.

  • True… what can we do when they say nothing to worry about

  • I'm with you all… I admit they take your life away from you, you cannot be the same with those. I am in a constant fear of dying, yet beta blockers make me feel fainty…. What can we do?? 🙁

  • yes i know how you feel i started with it 3 years ago been to hospital ete all was good told me not to worry…not easy when it does it 6 to 10 times a miniute and feels like someone hit you from the inside out THUMP..then takes ya breath..how can you carry on like this..does my head in makes me moody..I dnt drink, smoke, drugs not stressed apart form the beats i have pvc's or VE's you find yourself thumping your chest…..HELP US thank god i am not on my own

  • I'm going through the exact same thing. :/
    Keep getting told hat it's nothing.
    But it certainly doesn't feel like "nothing"
    It's awful.

  • I am suffering with constant PAC's and PVC's. I can FEEL IT ALL THE TIME. I notice that when I exercise, they get worse after exercise. I feel these constantly. I have been to the ER and I have been to a Cardiologist and they all tell me my heart is normal. But, I am having a very, very hard time coping. Can someone help me or recommend anything?

  • I wish this went more in depth – Dr. Foster does a nice explanation. I went to the ER this morning because I'd been having these every 15 seconds for 18 hours. They checked me out with blood work and an EKG and it was interesting to see my oxygen supply go flat each time. I'm on hour 26 now and am due to see a cardiologist as a follow up and I'm trying to find out more before I go in so I can ask informed questions.

  • I thought it was a premature beat not an extra beat.

  • I have a question doc, what if i feel it after exercise ex. after i play basketball.There was a moment when i was sitting on a bench after i play, then suddenly i felt my heart pound fast then normal, fast then normal, then suddenly skipped a beat and followed by one hard beat. It was total TERROR, i felt like i'm having an attack.The more i think of it, the more i fell it. I'm an active person,no background of heart attacks.