PVC stands for premature ventricular contractions. It is a condition where there is an extra heartbeat that begins in one of the two ventricles (lower chambers of the heart). People with PVC feel sensations like fluttering, pounding, and missed beats in the chest.

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Immediately after doing Valsalva maneuver, why do I have trigeminal pulse?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a male, who is 5.6 feet tall and weigh 172 lbs. I have head and chest pains for over five years. Currently, I take Metoprolol, Amlodipine, Losartan, and Prednisone. My pulse and heart rates are normally regular, but immediately after doing Valsalva maneuver, it becomes trigeminal p...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have carefully reviewed your case and understand that you are worried about your heart beats and pulse after doing Valsalva maneuver. The trigeminal pulse is defined as the one with a pause after every third heart beat. It is usually due to the underlying process ca...  Read Full »

I have symptoms of palpitations and PVCs after eating food. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have symptoms of palpitations and PVC beats after eating food. Kindly interpret my ambulatory ECG report.   Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Holter monitoring reports are normal (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Rare episodes of PVC (premature ventricular contractions) are normal occurrences. Thank you.  Read Full »

Am I safe to exercise with premature ventricular contractions and bigeminy conditions but no structure heart problems?

Query: Hello doctor, I have PVC and bigeminy. I have had tests done and I do not have structural heart problems. Are alcohol and exercise harmful in case of PVC and bigeminy? Also, is it absolutely safe to exercise, if I have PVC and bigeminy during exercise and afterward as well? I take Thyroxin, bu...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Exercise is safe as you do not have any structural heart disease. Just keep observing if PVC (premature ventricular contractions) increases after exercise.Alcohol tends to increase PVC and bigeminy. So, you will need to avoid it. Also, smoking, drug abuse, and caffeine...  Read Full »

Why does my heart suddenly beat rapidly and irregularly while I am at rest?

Query: Hello doctor,I had suffered from PVCs and was diagnosed with "athlete's heart" a few years ago as my left chamber had increased. This was also the origin of PVCs. During the monitoring phase, I reduced my exercise intensity, and the heart size returned to normal. My heart was deemed healthy. I have...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. It seems you have issues with palpitations occasionally, which are very common amongst the healthy population. They often do not pose a threat. However, I have a few questions. 1. Did you calculate your BMI (ba...  Read Full »

I experience premature ventricular contractions. Will it ever go away?

Query: Hello doctor, Since approximately eight months, I experience premature ventricular contractions (feeling of heartbeat skipping). I never had shortness of breath, severe chest pain, heavy sweating or dizziness, or like I will pass out. It also never goes on for several minutes, just around 10 to 20 ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ilir Sharka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I passed carefully through your question and would explain that some PVC or ectopic heartbeats are quite normal in every healthy individual during emotional stress or physical activity. Anyway, a cardiac arrhythmia cannot be excluded either. Coming to this point, I ...  Read Full »

Why do I suddenly experience heart flutters and skipped beats while exercising?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old male, who is 5.9 feet tall and weighs 160 lbs. I have been experiencing weird heart flutters and skipped beats. It mostly happens when I am at the gym lifting weight, and taking a deep breath in while doing so. I have always exercised without experiencing such feelings....  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are probably having PVCs(premature ventricular contractions), which are extra beats and most of the time are benign and not worrisome. The other possibility is atrial fibrillation, especially, if you have episodes of rapid heart beat. Usually, at this young age, i...  Read Full »

I have a strong squeeze and pressure feeling in my chest. Is it due to the Propranolol that I take to reduce PVC?

Query: Hello doctor. I have had PVC, but I feel them ten times in an entire year. For example, I will have a month with no PVC, and in a couple of days, I will have 200 to 400 PVC. They are really scary, and the feeling is very unpleasant. But the most concerning thing is that in the last 3 to 4 months. It...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. With normal ECG (electrocardiogram), echo (echocardiogram), CMR (cardiovascular magnetic resonance ), and stress test, these are likely to be idiopathic PVCs (premature ventricular contractions) only. Having undergone so many tests, it is unlikely to miss any major car...  Read Full »

Lately, I have had frequent premature ventricular contractions and anxiety. Is there something to be worried about?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been having a lot of premature ventricular contractions (PVC) and anxiety. They started 18 years ago and have been occuring on and off for years. However, they have been more frequent in the last six weeks. My doctor says they are nothing to be worried about, but they do not fee...  Read Full »

Dr. Sapkal Ganeshrao Patilba

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the details you provided. Premature ventricular contractions or PVCs are often harmless. We need to see for any structural heart disease and LV (left ventricular) function on echocardiography. We have to see how frequent they are by doing a 24-hou...  Read Full »

I have PVC after starting Methadone. Will beta blockers help?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 35 year old male, and I am currently on Methadone for chronic pain. I currently have PVC, and my last EKG showed a long QT (over 500 ms). The doctor recommended that I take Magnesium and Potassium supplements as he believes that Methadone may be reducing my magnesium and potassium ...  Read Full »

Dr. Isaac Gana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your explanation in detail, and I understand your worries. Long QT syndrome can predispose you to a fatal arrhythmia known as torsades de pointes. In your case, I will strongly advise you to commence treatment with a beta blocker. This is a saf...  Read Full »

Is my palpitation after exercising, running, jogging, and playing football a sign of cardiomyopathy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 19-year-old male. And I am out of shape. I am a little overweight, and I have been physically active for the last month. I lost 6 kg of weight with regular exercise. I used to run, jog, and play football or soccer. A few days ago, when I was playing, I experienced palpitation...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek S Narayan Pillai

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. Your heart rate and blood pressure are perfectly normal, and getting PVC (premature ventricular contractions) twice per day is completely normal. In the long run, inactivity is harmful, so I advise you to continue jogging, running, and being in...  Read Full »

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