I'm sorry you are dealing with this. I know friends who've had PVCs during pregnancy and they did go away afterwards. I have suffered from them too, but not during pregnancy. The doctors don't know much about why we feel them at certain times but not at others. Mine caused terrible anxiety too, and I couldn't break the anxiety/PVC cycle so I started taking Lexapro. I have to say it helped me a lot and hopefully that continues. I never tried beta blockers so I don't know too much about them. Certain ones can slow the heart rate, and for some people like me PVCs are more likely to occur at a slower heart rate. So they, or at least certain ones, are not always helpful. My EP tells me there are some that do not slow the heart rate though. Wishing you relief soon.
Thanks for your reply. Mine occur at a lower HR too so I was quite worried about taking the beta blocker too but I thought that the cardiologist would have taken that into consideration. It is a good point so I'll raise it with my GP. I've got Zoloft too but haven't taken it yet because a few years ago when I was on anxiety meds I had episodes of SVT so I'm worried they are linked! As you can see my anxiety is out of control atm! I'm glad that Lexapro has helped you - I think I really need to consider taking the Zoloft.
It's good you have a psychiatrist to advise you on the anti-anxiety meds. Mine told me that for Lexapro up to 20mg there are no negative effects on the heart (it may rarely cause arrhythmias when over 20mg). My cardiologist (EP) approved my use of the Lexapro and told me it might be having beneficial physiological effects on the heart through its effect on the nervous system. That is in addition to the beneficial effects on the heart through the reduction of anxiety.
I too have SVT, though I had an ablation and it has improved. Did you have SVT only when on the meds, or is it something you've suffered with before being on them?
I totally understand the out of control anxiety. Given my experiences with health anxiety, I am a firm believer that anxiety causes physical symptoms about the very thing you obsess over. If you obsess over your heart, you will have heart symptoms. If you obsess over MS, you will have strange tingly sensations, for example. You get the idea. I highly recommend a book called It's Not All in Your Head by Asmundson and Taylor.
In your case hormones may well be playing a role. Many of my issues occurred after I had my baby, and my EP also mentioned that postpartum issues can come into play. I am not sure on the details. Another thing I did was see a wellness doctor, who does more extensive bloodwork and testing than a regular general doctor, to help me get all my vitamin, hormone, etc. levels where they should be.
Hello, I have also developed pvcs during pregnancy, and furthermore, ventricular tachycardia during pregnancy, which has since subsided postnatal. Unfortunately, the pvcs have not. I have thousands a day, and some days seem worse than others. I remind myself they're benign In a healthy heart, and so far ekgs, and echos have shown that to be the case. I am also breastfeeding. Are you still breastfeeding? Have your pvcs improved over time? I hope so. I know how scary this is, and I'm sure you just want your normal life back. These constant pvcs make me pretty miserable. I'm desperate for them to subside. My Cardiologist has me going for a cardiac mri. So far I haven't been able to complete it due to clostraphobia, but I know I must, as he says there is no better way to study a heart, and getting to the bottom of this is important.