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An_193066 posted:
I had bypass surgery 3 mos ago and now i am having pvc's i was told this was ok and normal .I really do not feel very good when they occur.Should i call my heart doctor? Or is this normal
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CardiostarUSA1 responded:
Hi:

"I really do not feel very good when they occur. Should I call my heart doctor?"

Yes, of course.

In general-only here, premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) is common (as is atrial fibrillation, though an entirely different type of arrhythmia) post open-heart surgery.

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., 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 if/when sustained ventricular tachycardia (runs of PVCs over 30 seconds) occurs.

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).

Symptoms that may/can occur wih PVCs includes chest pain/discomfort/pressure/tightness, difficulty breathing, lightheadedness/dizziness, and in uncommon to rare cases, near-syncope or syncope (temporary loss of consciousness, includes fainting and passing out).

Additionally, coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) is just a clever way of temporarily circumventing the problem (atherosclerosis), as this does not address the underlying disease process and what drives the progression.

ALWAYS be proactive in your health care and treatment. Keep ALL known modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease closely in-check.

Best of luck down the road of life.

Take care,

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