Patient Comments: Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs) - Causes

What was the cause of your premature ventricular contractions?

Comment from: Rachel, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 11

I have been on a birth control pill called Yazmin for several years -- during which time I was diagnosed with pre-ventricular contractions. When taken off the birth control, I had fewer to no PVC symptoms. This particular drug is known to "leech" potassium from the body -- so my doctors suspected it may have contributed to an electrolyte imbalance and triggered PVCs.

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Comment from: pvcpal, 45-54 Female Published: January 27

I am 52 years old and have had pvcs since I was 24. I am very active and have had all the test known to mankind it is frustrating and has ruled my life. All I can say is no caffeine little to no alcohol and keep exercising. I have been a horse trainer all of my life and the scary thing is when I travel I'm always thinking I might have a heart attack on the road for some reason. If I keep my diet bland it seems to help I know this won't stop any of you from worrying but I am still here after all these years and I am very active take care and good luck.

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Comment from: JJ, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 21

I have had premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) for 20 years or more. My low dosages of Coreg tend to keep the PVCs under control. I like the 115 to 120 over 70 or so. Occasionally, my pressure drops and I get light headed. My electro physiologist cardiologist says you can have occasional lightheadedness or the PVCs. I choose the prior.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

My palpitations were increasing to the point of more than 1400 per day according to a Holter Monitor. I tried stopping all caffeine, taking iron, taking magnesium, taking Hawthorn Berry, meditation, yoga even a short time on Beta Blockers--nothing made any difference. I stopped eating nuts (almonds, walnuts, etc) and within 8 days all symptoms were gone. Look at your diet for food sensitivities!

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Comment from: Laurie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 20

I am 55 year-old female. I have hypothyroid disease and have for 20 years. I had a incident where the contractions lasted for several hrs. Doctors did an EKG and said it is nothing to worry about and I would just have to live with it. Doctors think I might have a bit of anxiety.

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Comment from: annmarie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 05

My cardiologist believes the PVCs may be caused by mitral valve prolapse and redundancy.

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Comment from: puzzler, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 08

I am a 62 year old woman who has premature ventricular contractions and they make me nuts. Previous to 2005 they were infrequent but my hubby had surgery and the stress made them go bananas for about a month...In excess of 2000 a day. They eventually taped off and went back to infrequent till two weeks ago when they really picked up. I don't know why. I had the blood work and an EKG and all is normal but I am so exhausted from not sleeping because of the pounding. I know there are some drugs ot there to help but they are extremely dangerous so I suppose I will have to live with this. But I don't have to like it.

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Comment from: Inge D., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 06

I am 47 year old female. I started with the premature ventricular contractions (PVC) about 2 years ago. They started irregular at times but have been constant for the last few months. I am also on HRT for the last year or so. I get panic attacks along with them but mostly in the mornings. Going to sleep is a challenge sometimes. One thing that seems to help me relax a bit is by taking 2.5mg of Xanax. It is just enough for me to take the edge off and not panic and fall asleep. I just had another stress test done and during that time they were pretty strong and many. Going to see my Cardiologist again after my Echo-cardiogram, next week. Going to discuss Catheter Ablation with him.

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