Night owl wrote:
I have what are called PVC's--premature ventricular contractions. Basically, your heart skips a beat and then resumes beating normally until a minute or so later, when it happens again. It feels like a big thump in your chest. They sometimes disappear for a few months and then come back. I have been having them for nearly a month now and they are very annoying. But the doctors say that they are not dangerous. I was prescribed a drug called Tinormin (a beta blocker) that sometimes stops them and sometimes does not.
Does anyone else get these?
If so, what do you do about it?
PVCs especially in Panic/Anxiety patients is extremely normal. Here are some things to try:
<li>Have a routine physical with EKG and ECHO to eliminate abonormalities... MVP (mitral valve prolapse, while being a benign murmur can cause anxiety symptoms and pvcs)
<li>Cut out caffiene completely
<li>Get more rest
<li>Get cardio in at least 3-5 days week
<li>Practice controlled breathing, abnormal respiration can cause a flux in oxygen leading to pvcs
<li>Get a second opinion about taking Tinormin or any other Beta Blocker. They are notorious for slowing your heart and droppig your blood pressure to dangerous levels if you don't need them. They also can make you gain weight since your metabolism slows down.
<li>If you are physically sound, see a mental healthcare professional. I just went to a Psychiatrist for the first time in years, and it was the best money I've spent.