Premature Atrial Contractions

Premature atrial contractions (PACs), otherwise called atrial premature complexes (APC), is a condition that causes premature heartbeats that originate from the atria. It is a type of heart arrhythmia or irregular heart rhythm. The causes of PACs are excess alcohol consumption, stress, fatigue, disturbed sleep, and some medications.

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Is it possible that my calcium level is shortening QT interval?

Query: Hello doctor,Is it normal to have QT Interval of 320 ms on frequency 76 bpm for a 20-year-old male? Is it possible that my level of calcium is the thing which is shortening my QT? My calcium is 2,54 mmol/L. Is it too less? I still feel something around my heart, mainly when I am in stress. Currently...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your ECG (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I do not think, you have SQTS (short QT syndrome). I guess you do not have any family history of sudden cardiac death or ventricular tachycardia or of electrical shocks for cardiac reasons...  Read Full »

How to cure the squeezing type of pain in my heart?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a feeling that I have skipped my heartbeats, and my heart is squeezing. It has been there on and off for years, and it is more frequent now. I am not taking any medications. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. You have PAC (premature atrial contractions). These are harmless and do not pose a threat. However, do you ever experience shortness of breath or dizziness? Do you have any history of fainting? Have you ever been diagnosed with any hear...  Read Full »

What does left atrial enlargement with elevated CK indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been experiencing chest pain. Symptoms first started four days ago, after which I went to the local ER, and an ECG was taken, which came back as abnormal. The ECG findings were - Sinus rhythm normal, atrial premature complexes, probable left atrial enlargement, anteroseptal inf...  Read Full »

Dr. Yermal Tanmai Deelip

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went throught your query and your electrocardiograph (attachments removed to protect patient's identity). Before I could give my opinion, I would like to know some more details about your present symtoms. What is the exact location of your chest pain? Is it con...  Read Full »

Are my frequent premature atrial contractions, palpitation, and dizziness signs of heart failure?

Query: Hello doctor, My symptoms are getting worse day by day. I have frequent premature atrial contractions, and now my hands feel weak and swollen. I also feel dizzy and get weird palpitation. I had an echo one month ago, and the results were negative. I am scared and do not know what to do. Is this a si...  Read Full »

Dr. Prashant Valecha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I hope you are well. If your echocardiogram was normal, then you do not have heart failure. Hand swelling can be due to some other reason. Kindly avoid the triggering factors like stress, panic attack, anxiety disorder, alcohol, and excess caffeine as these can ...  Read Full »

Are premature atrial contractions serious?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 60-year-old male who just received the results of a 24-hour Holter monitor. Key findings include: Sinus rhythm with frequent supraventricular ectopy (2559) which included couplets and one seven beat SVE multiplet. No complex forms. No significant pauses or periods of hear...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Premature atrial contractions or supraventricular ectopics are not harmful per se other than giving you symptoms. So antiarrhythmics are not usually recommended, so I do not disagree with your treating cardiologist. Beta blocker is the safest option available, althou...  Read Full »

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