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

Answered by
Dr. Isaac Gana
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
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

Cardiology
#

Hi,

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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