Q. Can premature ventricular contractions (PVC) be the result of anxiety?

Answered by
Dr. Isaac Gana
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 26, 2017 and last reviewed on: Sep 03, 2019

Hi doctor,

I am a 34 year old female, and I weigh 135 lbs. I gave birth to my second child seven months ago. Ever since then, my heart has had extra beats, and I also have the skipped beat feeling. It happens daily and many times a day at rest. I went to the doctor, and he sent me to the emergency room. I had blood tests, EKGs, chest x-ray and a heart monitor for six hours. The doctor said it was from anxiety and nothing is wrong. However, I have reduced my anxiety but still get them. I returned to the emergency room recently, because it became more frequent, and I was told to do an internet search on health anxiety and heart palpitations for reassurance. I learned that I have PVC. I am still worried about this because they would not go away. Is this really just anxiety?

Dr. Isaac Gana



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand how you are feeling.

  • PVC (premature ventricular contractions) can be disturbing and scary, but it poses no harm.
  • When you get worried, it leads to anxiety, which is the main reason why your palpitations will increase.
  • Pregnancy is one big process that can bring significant changes to the body of a woman, and some women come out with changes that stick a long time after delivery.
  • I strongly advise you start exercising and relaxation exercises like yoga, it will certainly help even though you might not see the result immediately.
  • I do not wish that you start taking medication for this now. Hope you get better soon.

For further queries consult a cardiologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/cardiologist

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