I have PVC's. Since age 26. I'm a Male. I thought I was gonna die. My doctor told me it's nothing. He did not observe my PVCs. He told me it was probably indigestion. The PVCs went away for a month or so. Then, my dad told me his friend suddenly died of a heart attack. My dad said, funny thing, he had gone to the doctor who started to treat him for indigestion. Holy [email protected]
I nearly sh!t my pants and thought I was gonna have a heart attack right then and there.
For me, when I get an episode, I get up and do some exercise, like running up a couple flights of stairs. That seems to work.
Every now and then I get strings of episodes. 3 beats, skip. 3 beats, skip. Sometimes after dinner, I'd get an episode where it's 1 beat, skip, 1 beat, skip, 1 beat, skip. Those were terrifying. I figured I'm done.
Again, exercise, most times would straighten it out. Sometimes, they'd continue through the night. It's really hard to fall asleep with a PVCs episode going on.
They never showed up in wellness exam EKGs.
I went to see a cardiologist who found nothing.
I ssid, there's something going on. Look again.
He hooked me up to a Holter monitor and sent me home for a week. The holter monitor captured my episodes. Finally, a PVC diagnosis.
The heart guy had me do a stress test where they first do an ultrasound of your heart, wire you up to an EKG machine, then put me on their treadmill. They kept increasing speed and angle until my heart rate got to 160 bpm. Then they held me there for 3 minutes. Then they took another ultrasound of my heart.
He said my heart is healthy, normal, and my PVCs are benign. Lay off caffeine and alcohol if the PVCs bother me. And keep exercising and keep your weight where it should be.
Hearing all that finally set my mind at ease. Plus, I realized I'm over 50 years old and the PVCs haven't killed me (yet).
Now, I am 74. It's now July 23, 2021 and I am searching the web about PVCs. Why? Cuz I still get them. I'm in an episode right now where I get them when I'm hungry and sometimes after I over eat a bit and stuff a large piece of Costco's Tres Leche cake down my throat. In searching I ran across this thread about ppl who get them when they're hungry or over eat, too. That's reassuring.
I decided to write this to tell you my story, to tell you I've had these phuqing PVCs for 50 years and I'm still alive! I hope some of my story may give you some reassurance that PVCs can be benign. What I wanna know is there anybody out there that is 85, 90, or 100 that has PVC's?
The PVCs are still bothersome. You never know when they'll strike, and even though you know it's not the big one, you know one day it may be.
So tell your family and all your friends that you have PVCs so they know, and tell them that one day you may tell them to call 911, and if you do ask them to call 911, they shouldn't start asking you questions. They should call 911 immediately and get ready to do CPR.
I hope my story helps.
I wish you well.