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How many PVC'S a day is normal?
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Operator22 posted:
I am only 26 years old and I have a high stress job and have had very stressful personal life situations occuring also lately. I have had PVCs in the past but rarely. I am now having 10 to 30 a day now. Should I be concerned??
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CardiostarUSA1 responded:
Hi:

The most common type of palpitations, premature ventricular contractions (PVCs, occurs even in many ♥-healthy individuals), described that the heart is flip-flopping, fluttering, jumping, pausing or stopping briefly (though it's actually not doing that), pounding, skipping, thumping, or strong, hard, or forceful beats being felt in the chest, neck, throat, has various causes or triggers (includes stress).

"I have had PVCs in the past but rarely. I am now having 10 to 30 a day now. Should I be concerned??"

In general-only here, PVCs are typically harmless/benign, be it isolated (single), couplets (2-in-row), triplets (3-in-a-row) or salvos (short bursts of 3 or more in-a-row), bigeminy (occurring every other beat), trigeminy (occurring every third beat), quadrigeminy (occurring every fourth beat), etc.

HOWEVER, the main problem or concern (even more so, much more emphasized for those with certain major or serious heart conditions) with PVCs is when sustained ventricular tachycardia (runs of PVCs over 30 seconds) occurs.

ALSO, non-sustained ventricular tachycardia (runs of PVCs under 30 seconds, but typically not salvos) may/can become serious as well if it occurs frequently (episodes are grouped closely/tightly together).

ADDITIONALLY, of the different types of heart conditions, various symptoms can be acute (occurring suddenly), be chronic (occurring over a long period of time), come and go (be transient, fleeting or episodic, such as an irregular heartbeat, requiring the use of a Holter monitor or event recorder at home and during daily activities), or even be silent.

Best of luck down the road of life.

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James_Beckerman_MD responded:
There is not a "normal" number of PVCs, but the majority of people have some. I see many patients with structurally normal hearts and no significant symptoms who have many more than 10 to 30 a day.


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