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    Premature Ventricular Contractions
    opusOO7 posted:
    I am a 46 year old male in relatively good shape. I work out twice a day but am on medication for HBP (one being a Beta Blocker). About a week ago, I started experiencing PVC's while at work. I noticed a fluttering in my chest and got hooked up to the monitor where some PVC's were observed. At first, we attributed it to the caffeine in the green tea I had been drinking so I didn't worry about it. The next day, I was still experiencing the same thing. Finally on Monday, I went to the ER - they did blood work checking my Potassium and Magnesium, chest X-Ray as well as an EKG. All looked fine. They did observe some PVC's on the monitor. I was released with advice to follow up with a cardiologist in a week or so.

    I already had a Dr.'s appt. with my PCP the following day. He did another EKG which was fine and ordered more blood work - wanting to check my Thyroid also (no results yet). He also wants to do a Holter Test.

    I told him that lately, I have noticed that I have a lot of indigestion with a feeling of having to burp constantly so he wants an Endoscopy done.

    It seems like I experience more problems with the PVC's after I eat. I get the full feeling and the pressure in my chest - the feeling like I have to burp. I have cut way back on food, eating very little and it seems to help.

    The PVC's come and go - some days I barely notice them, other days I fell numerous - some so strong they take your breath away. I do have a Hiatal Hernia also. I am wondering if this could be causing the PVC's as wll as all the other problems. Someone also told me they had the same sensations (minus the PVC's) when their Gall Bladder was bad.

    I can always tell when I have a PVC by the fluttering in my chest. If I happen to be taking my pulse, I can feel my pulse pause then resume.

    Has anyone every experienced things like this?

    CardiostarUSA1 responded:

    "Told him that lately, I have noticed that I have a lot of indigestion with a feeling of having to burp...."

    "It seems like I experience more problems with the PVCs after I eat."

    Some individuals have reported (on various message boards/forums) palpitations (premature atrial or ventricular contractions, PACs or PVCs), atrial fibrillation (AF), or tachyarrhythmias (tachycardia, supraventricular tachycardia/paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia) being triggered off by indigestion, heartburn/acid reflux/GERD, swallowing (food or drink), gas, bloating, belching, burping, or coughing, or after a heavy meal/on a full stomach. These are known as indirect causes or an "reactive-arrhythmia". This may/can also be a side effect of some foods (which includes additives and preservatives), drinks, or drugs.

    ☞About PVCs

    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 (cardiac and non-cardiac) or triggers.

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

    Also, non-sustained ventricular tachycardia (NSVT, 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).

    ALWAYS be proactive in your health care and treatment. Most important, communicate/interact well with your doctor(s). Best of luck down the road of life.

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    valkyriescream responded:
    I also have a small Hiatal Hernia. Was diagnosed about 6 years ago. I dont really have any side effects from it. Just a full feeling after I eat a small mean. And I also have palpitations and other weird feelings in my heart since I was 21, I am now 30. I am still told today by doctors that it is anxiety and panic attacks. I was never told it was caused by the hernia, but i always wonder if it is.
    opusOO7 responded:
    I wish I knew. Until 2 weeks ago, I didn't have any problems whatsoever. I thought I was doing all the right things - running every morning then lifting weights or doing cardio in the afternoon. The suddenly, at work one day, I started feeling the fluttering in my chest. Luckily I work for Fire/EMS and a 12 lead monitor was readily available to show the PVC's.

    It is just strange that the same time they showed up, I started having major problems with my stomach. I know my Hiatal Hernia is acting up because I can feel pain just under my rib cage to my left side. Then again, I am having some Gall Bladder symptoms also.

    I asked my Dr. about working out, etc. and he said I could continue - but, "if it were him, he wouldn't start training for the Boston Marathon." As with most people, when doing physical exertion, I don't seem to notice the PVC's. I moved 20 loads of gravel the other night w/o problems and worked in the yard putting down timber, cutting grass, dumping mulch w/o problems. It is most noticeable when I am inactive, laying or sitting.

    I can think of no reason for the onset except for my HH or other stomach problems which I have had for years. I've been taking Prilosec OTC for a few years but may be time for more aggressive treatment?

    CardiostarUSA1 responded:
    Health Central

    ☛There are two types of esophageal hiatal hernia: paraesophageal and sliding. Symptoms from an uncomplicated paraesophageal hernia usually develop in adult life and may consist of a sense of pressure in the lower chest after eating and occasionally PALPITATIONS, due to cardiac arrhythmias. All of these are pressure phenomena, caused by the enlargement of the herniated gastric pouch when food displaces the fundic (stomach's) air bubble.


    Hiatal hernia

    Most people do not experience any symptoms of their......

    eMedicine Consumer Health

    Hiatal hernia

    See: Symptoms


    opusOO7 responded:
    I tried an experiment today. I woke up at 5:45 and started working inside/outside right away. Around 7:00 AM I went to the grocery store and bought some Activa. Had 1 for breakfast, went outside and put together my son's swing set. Around 11, we went to Lowe's and a few othe stores. Got back at 2. Some friends came over.

    I didn't eat anything all day except the Activa. I did notice that I had a few PVC's - very minor compared to what I had been experiencing. Also, much less frequent.

    I actually had a very good day. Felt the best I have in the last couple weeks.

    I even had a Margaritta and a couple of beers.

    Last night, I started taking Gas X and Tums EX when I started feeling any discomfort. Also, I am watching what I eat, if anything, very carefully.

    At least I have something to tell my Dr.
    hiatel responded:
    I have the the pulse issue also, and the fluttering. It gets me very anxious and scared. Iam without insurance, but im pretty sure my problem is Hiatal Hernia. What do i do. Its getting life pretty hard to deal with.

    Please reply

    Thanks from Russ
    riversong33 replied to opusOO7's response:
    a Margaritta and a couple of beers?
    Gas X and Tums EX?"
    And you claim " I am watching what I eat, if anything, very carefully."?

    Dear Opus007, you need to do some serious research!
    Instead of the above, I suggest eating some Real Food, whole organic food (not packaged or processed) and taking an excellent probiotic with each meal. I use Gr8dophilus and/or Ultimate Flora (Senior Formula because I am 82).
    I have never taken meds my whole life and am in perfect health so I feel qualified to pass on these suggestions.

    I wish you health, but it's in your hands and today we really need to be our own experts.
    riversong33 replied to opusOO7's response:
    I did some research on Activia yogurt.

    "Many people report lasting negative side effects. This could be due to bacterial overgrowth, from the bifidus strain in Activia. Bifidus strains tend to overgrow.
    Instead use yogurt from non-cow's milk with only Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus strains (or even better making your own with goats' milk and a starter). This will solve all the above problem."

    While there are a few scattered success stories, other bloggers have posted as follows here:

    "... it's only good if you like stomach cramps, gas, bloating, and explosive diarhea...I've eaten many brands of yogurt before (love it), but Activia should be taken off the shelf as a dangerous substance!"

    "I tried eating one today and I've had like 7 bowel movements today, accompanied by abdominal cramping off and on all day. I'm throwing the rest away - telling my family to leave it alone, too."

    "Activia is the third yogurt I've tried and by far the worst, I am a 49 yr old male and my Doctor recommended I start eating yogurt as the probiotics are something I need, The one thing I didn't need was the severe stomach cramping that came with it"

    "'I ate Activia yogurt 2 mornings in a row, and have had severe waves of nausea, stomach cramping, and a bad dull ache in my stomach for days. Activia is the only new thing I added to my diet and believe that it made me extremely sick. I will never eat that junk again! I still have pain a week after eating it "

    "I experienced anal itching - never before did I have this problem. It was driving me crazy. Plus, regular one day, very watery bowel movements the next day, very irratic. I used the product for about 2 weeks. I have to stop. Very disappointed in results. "

    "Activia yogurt should have been a good thing for me, but I have only had 3 (one daily for 3 days) and this is my 2nd day home sick from work! Horrible cramps, "rumbling" stomach 24/7, diarrhea (LOTS), every time I eat, it just gets worse. They really need to list possible side effects, but it won't happen because they're all about profits. I have actually passed out from the pain, good thing I was not somewhere I could have gotten hurt. BE CAREFUL with this stuff."

    I rest my case.

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