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P388jsisn, September 11,  2020  9:56pm EST



I'm an 18 year old female who has been suffering from PVC's for a relatively short amount of time (to my knowledge). I recently had a lung infection which caused me severe mental stress, due to the current situation of the world as well as setting off my severe anxiety. I recently noticed my heart was beating strangely, almost as if something was longing to escape my chest. I was then subsequently diagnosed with PVC's which I was told were benign. I also conducted a stress test and it showed no PVC's at all. I find it terribly hard to trust doctors, I feel as if I'm being lied to or brushed over. I think along the line I've began to develop a fear of my heart, which I'm sure so many people have due to emotional toll a cardiac arrhythmia can have on a person. Whatever someone says never seems to be the correct answer to satisfy the growing anxiety. The PVC's usually occur at nighttime when I'm lying down, and they have completely consumed my nights. 
Does anyone else feel this way ?

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  • TessC
    TessC, September 12,  2020  11:49pm EST

    It sounds like you are taking good care of yourself by going to the doctors. Yes, I was also hyper focused on my heart after going to the ER with SVT. The cardiac staff did the normal tests and I wore a monitor for a month and was told that my SVT and PVCs were benign and not to woryy about it because they would not cause me to die. Easier said than done!  I did a lot of research and found ways to do what I could to help with both SVT and the PVCs-which in my case was to take magnesium, stop drinking caffeine, no alcohol, drink electrolytes and get at least 8 hours of sleep. Once I startting doing these things-I knew I was at least doing my heart the best I could and I stopped worrying about it.  I didn't want to become a cardiac invaid-which is what happened to my dad after his bypass surgery. I still think of my heart because I have to take those mineral that I mentioned, but I'm no longer consumed or worried about my heart.

    It may take time for you to get used to the new normal, especially if you have some reading and research to do, but I think you'll get there. I look back on my life and I think it would be wonderful to be 18 again. Keep that in mind-that you have your whole life ahead of you and you can make it meaningful and fun, or let something like benign PVCs ruin it for you. If I was you I would put on white noise at night and sleep like a baby.  Who knows, as you get stronger from your recent lung infection, your PVCs may go away. Good luck.

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