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Palpitations


I have a question.  I got the results from my 24 hour Holter back and it said:

1 ventricular etopic beat (<1%)
7 superventricular etopic beats with one couplet (<1%)

Doctor says that everyone would get that many.  Have other people had this same sort of reading on their Holter results?  Anyone know if this is serious?
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It's not serious.  It's completely normal.  Folks can have many of these ectopic beats (thousands in a day) and in the context of an otherwise normal heart, they present no stress beyond what you generate for yourself.

Talk to the doc, and get an understanding of what these are, and you'll feel much better.

-Arthur
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Yep, your doctor wasnt lying. Have you had any other cardiac testing? such as an echo ect...
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Yes, have had every test imaginable.  Can't find a darn thing wrong with the old ticker.  I am a 46 year old otherwise healthy female.  I have palpitations that drive me nuts though.  I feel every darn one of the things.  

My doctors started me on Ciprilex yesterday (I guess it is the Canadian equivalent of Lexapro in the United States).  I am going to see if that helps with my obsession about my heart and try to make me forget about the skipped beats.  I just don't like the feel of them.  They have been happening for 20 years and I still cannot get used to them.
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170935 tn?1225371076
1 ventricular ectopic! Wish i only had 1 a day!! my last holter caught 70 pvcs! and my doc told me the same thing that they're benign and not dangerous. What i don't understand is why some days i have loads and somedays just a few. Sometimes i think that something must be "irritating" the heart to cause them on certain days only.
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Well, thats great they cant find anything wrong!! and kudo's to you for being proactive with your health and trying to take on the anxiety.. I hope you find some peace soon! keep us posted!
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Yeah the doctor said that if she was hooked up to the monitor that she would have than many as well.  The funny thing is that I didn't feel one of them that day when I had the Holter.  It is the ones that I feel that really stress me out.

Like today I am sitting at work and I feel like a stopping sensation in my heart and then it goes back to normal.  I just hate it.  

I didn't like the sound of the couplet thing they caught as well.  It said two supraventricular etopic beats.  Do you know what that is??  Are those PAC's?  I forgot to ask the doctor a bunch of stuff when I was in there.

I just hope this Ciprilex helps me with my anxiety about these things.  I will know in a couple of weeks I guess.  I was looking for the internet about Ciprilex and it says that sometimes if can give you "heart palpitations".  I sure hope not!  That is the whole reason I am on the drug to see if I can stop getting them!
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21064 tn?1309308733
Hi there!

Yep, I'd say you're in good company here. We pretty much all get them and yes, they are harmless in the setting of a structurally normal heart.  

I don't know if this would matter or not, but I can tell you that hormones can (my doctor agrees) play a role with the presence/recurrence of ectopics. Without getting too personal, it is possible that you are at a time when things are fluctuating and you are a) having more pvcs than is typical for you, or b) you have become more aware of the confounded things. Personally, I noticed major fluctuations during different hormonal phases of my life (childbearing, pre-menstrual, periM).

Not to worry!  We're in this together....and there are lots of us here :) We are young, "mature," male, female, married, single, you name it...

connie
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170935 tn?1225371076
Yes i think they are pacs. I have SVT (supraventricular tachycardia) but funnily enough i very rarely get PACs! i just started getting loads of ventricular ectopics in the last 3 months! I usually feel every single one of the pvcs which amazes my docs!! Your holter results look perfectly healthy and normal. How many ectopics do you tyhink you get on a really bad day?
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Hi there river,

Wow, I bet there's lots and lots of people here who would be in heaven to have such a small amount of ectopics!  There are people on this forum who've had 1,000's a day.  I myself am only in the 200's so I guess I don't qualify for the 1,000's club (:

Ya, my cardiologist was also surprised to see that I feel nearly everyone of my ectopics.  I was once on a monitor in the cardiologist's office and would say, oh there's one, there's another, oh that one made my breath go short, etc.  Some people are cursed to feel these and some are blessed not to.  The most important thing to remember that my cardio and EP doc. told me...there are nothing but a nuisance in the setting of a structurally normal heart.  Yeah!  Always nice to hear but when they hit, sometimes you forget that.  Just last night I was trying to sleep and these foolish little beats would not stop.  As soon as I started to drop off, bam, one would hit.  I used to be afraid to go to sleep when that happened and now I'm not.  Frankly I'm too tired to care and just want my sleep!

So, chin up!  There are so many out here with the same problem as you.  This forum is awesome and a great reassurance to many, myself included.  Good luck and best wishes (:

momto3girls
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Well on a bad day I would notice them every third or fourth beat or so for an hour or so.  Still doctor says not big deal.  I remember once gonig to ER when I was pregnant with my first child and I was having a PVC every five beats or so and had been all night long and they said "don't worry - go home".  I guess they finally stopped but they scared the living daylights out of me!

Mostly I will say I feel maybe ten or so skips per day.  I hate every one of them though.  I think the PVC's are more powerful than the PAC's though.  I feel like the actually wind me sometimes.
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170935 tn?1225371076
my pvcs also feel like they wind me! I feel short of breath and some are even painful. I hate the ones that make you feel like you heart and stomach have turned over...yuk!! I usually get more as soon as i lay down and also when i bend/lean forward. I just don't understand how people can get used to them!! I have had them for just over 3 months and i definitely am not used to them. They are still as annoying and scary as ever!!! Remebering that my cardiologist and doc say they are benign and also reading about the experiences of other sufferers really helps me when i am having a bad day!!
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So you never had them before???  I don't know how they can come out of the blue like that.  I have had them for over 20 years now and I was doing "okay" with them up until about six months ago.  Now I am back being so scared about them because I have had a couple of really bad bouts.  Can I ask how old you are?  I am 46.  Felt my first one when I was 23 for pete's sake!  Always felt weird things going on in there.  Doctor says some people are just "hyper sensitive" to these irregularities.  Yeah no doubt huh!  She says that everyone gets them and most people just don't notice them.  You would have to be thick as a brick to not notice these though.  I can't even imagine someone not being able to feel them.  Yeah I get them bad when I lay down as well or bend over too quickly.  How strange is that huh.  Can't possibly be something normal!  I don't care what they tell me I don't think I will ever get it thru my head there is nothing wrong and everyone gets them.  It does help however to read this board and know that I am not totally nuts.
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170935 tn?1225371076
I think its weird that they have suddenly just decided to appear out out of the blue. The first time i noticed them was when i was diagnosed with the svt. It was the worst day ever in my life. I wonder if its posible that immense stress and fear caused the pvcs to just suddenly start? I am 27 years old. You say you felt your first pvcs at 23. did they just appear suddenly out of nowhere for you too? Was there anything stressful going on at the time which may have triggered them?
I have been having very bad bouts every second week! One week i will have 0 -1 pvcs and then the next week i will have 50-100 in 24 hrs!!
You sound like me!! how can people not feel these ectopics?? I even wake up from deep sleep with them!! Almost every night for the past 3 months i have not been able to lay down without getting tons of pvcs. When i told my cardiologist he said its common for people to get them when they lay down and not to worry!!!!
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I am with you!  I have felt palps all my life but they only got bad about 2 years ago.  I feel EVERY one.  Thank God I don't have too many in a day but I feel every one and they do wake me up out of a deep sleep, too.  I also get them frequently when I lie down.  I hate them, I would do just about anything to be free of them!  I was going thru stress when they started happening more frequently 2 years ago, but I really believe I have ALWAYS had them but they just scared me when I had a bad panic attack in summer 2004 and I've noticed them more ever since.
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I noticed my first bout of them when I was a work at the age of 23.  My boss was hanging over me and there was a bigt panic to type a letter and I started to get stressed out with the panic.  I remember I felt it skip and then I went into one of the bathroom stalls and closed the door and felt my pulse and it was totally irregular.  That was the start of my fun filled journey.  I was totally freaked and made and appointment with my doctor and she in turn got me to a cardiologist.  Had the stress test, holter, etc and they couldn't find anything wrong but a few short runs of PVC's (non-sustained v-tach).  Put me on atenonel and sent me on my way.  Said everyone gets them and don't sweat it.  I have sweated it ever since!
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170935 tn?1225371076
Not everone gets pvcs. my dad, 2 of my sisters and my hubby don't get pvcs! my mum and i do. My mum who is 45yrs old never knew what an ectopic beat was until i was diagnosed!! Now she tells me she has had these missed beats for many years but she used to think it was trapped gas or indigestion (bless her!!) but she really doesn't care at all about them. She actually believes that indigestion can also trigger the PVCs.
I think we used to always get perhaps 1 or 2 pvcs now and then but never paid attention to them much. But as with all palpitations a stressful event increased our pvcs. The more we notice them the more adrenaline we release into our bodies and the more palpitations we get!!!
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97628 tn?1204462033
The CC doc said many,(maybe most)people have PVCs everyday. I would imagine over the course of a lifetime everyone has had some PVCs.
They just don't notice them.
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I wish I was your mum!  Lucky lady not stressing about them!  I would give my right arm to be like that!

Yeah I know that when I ask people about palpitations they say they don't get them either.  I ask "everyone" I know if they get them. Some of them say "yeah well sometimes at night when I am watching TV or just resting my heart kinda sometimes skips", but they make no big deal of it.  I can't wait for the day this Ciprilex kicks in and I feel like that as well.
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170935 tn?1225371076
i went to pick up an event monitor from the hospital today and the nurse there told me that she suffered from pvcs too and she said she felt every single one and it did not bother her at all. She said on a bad day she got well above 30 pvcs and she felt every single one but she was puzzled why i feared them!! As i am very slim she  told me that very slim people tend to feel them more.
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97628 tn?1204462033
My son is a rail and he doen't feel any of them
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170935 tn?1225371076
so thats another failed theory!! I give up.....
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I know once a doc told me that I was thin in the chest area so I would feel them more.  Well I don't know anyone who isn't thin in the chest area.  What a comment huh!  I mean I don't know anyone who has fat on their chest!!!  I am actually around 20 pounds overweight for pete's sake!!!  I hate it when they come out with comments like that.  

I just read your other post about the nurse having PVC's and not being alarmed.  I guess it is interesting how some people just think "yeah whatever" when they happen.  I would love to be like that.
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170935 tn?1225371076
That post made me laugh!! I'll look out for flabby-chested people and ask them if they feel their PVCs!!lol Sometimes docs say some of the strangest things it makes you wonder and doubt their intelligence, which is very worrying!! My doc is not too bright either. Don't get me wrong he's a lovely man but he misdaignosed my svt for 10 yrs and diagnosed me as stressed, depressed and anxious instead. Then when i was correctly diagnosed by my cardiologist he failed to recognise the PVCs which i described to him. He told me it was most probably acid reflux until my cardiolgist told me i was having PVCs!!! Thank goodness for cardiologists!!
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That made my day SB786.  I had a good laugh at your commment as well.  Keep me posted if you find any flabby chested people out there.
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