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PVC's and Bradycardia
I am a 53 y/o male and have been dealing with PVC's for about 5 years. At first it was occasional and would go on for weeks at a time and then I would not have any for many months. Within the past 6 months they have turned into a daily issue, sometimes happening every 3rd-4th beat going on for several hours at a time. Since being originally diagnosed I have had EKG's, echo, stress tests, holter. My cardiologist states that even though they are disconcerting to me, they are benign. I am overweight (6'2" - 290 lbs) but try to eat healthy and have started light exercise again. My doctor also suggested taking potassium and magnesium supplements along with reducing my anxiety (I do suffer from anxiety attacks also). He also put me on Metoprolol 50 mg 2 x/day. This dropped my heart rate to about 55-60 bpm, although I have seen it as low as 50 bpm. I am not light headed but do occasionally get pain in the center lower chest.
Does anyone else have similar issues like this? If so, is this just how life is going to be on a daily basis? Does anybody have any adice on how to improve heart rate and reduce the amount of PVC's? This is all fairly new to me so I am just seeing if it's more common than I know. Thanks in advance for any input!
TessC, September 9, 2020 11:13pm EST
I'm sorry but I don't have the same issue as you so I can't comment on your questions, but I will say that I had to do a lot of my own research about my condition. My doctors also told me that what I had was benign and I was not in danger, but they didn't tell me how to get on with my life. They didn't tell me how to deal with the stress of having a heart that acts up and caused me to feel ill at ease. So I read all I could about SVT and etopic heart beats and learned how to manage my stress. A good resourse are the videos put out by cardiologist Sanjay Gupta. I really like the one where he talks about the risk verses the symptoms we feel. It made sense and I hope you can find it. (I don't think I can post it here.) I told a friend about it who has Afib and he said it helped with his anxiety.
I take magnesium and pottasium. I drink an electrolyte drink. I walk and I'm not overweight. I don't eat after 6pm so I don't go to bed with a full stomach, and no alcohol or caffeine. I think these things have helped me. Good luck!