Ventricular Ectopic Beats

Ventricular ectopic beats are skipped or added beats that originate in the ventricles (lower chambers of the heart). The possible causes include smoking, anxiety, exercise, low potassium levels, and use of recreational drugs.

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I have ventricular ectopic beats. Could these cause cardiac arrest?

Query: Hello doctor,My heart is normal, but I have ventricular ectopic beats. Could these cause cardiac arrest and kill me at the age of 23? I worry about it every day. Kindly advice.  Read Full »


Dr. Ganesh P Sapkal

Cardiologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is unusual for ventricular ectopics alone to cause cardiac arrest. Still, it depends on various factors like cause of ectopics, the morphology of ectopics, frequency of ectopics LV function on Echo. What symptoms do you have? Please provide your ECG and Echocardio...  Read Full »

Should I consult a doctor for palpitations with ECG drop and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having heart palpitations and a corresponding drop in my ECG reading. I have also been diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. Should I head to a hospital or is this not something to worry about? I am currently on Bupropion, Glycopyrrolate, Atorvastatin, Diclofenac, Finas...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are ventricular ectopics in your ECG (electrocardiogram) (attachment removed to protect patient identity). These are usually benign, but considering your history of WPW, it is better to visit the hospital and get medications prescribed to suppress these, as the...  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

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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 »

I feel strong heartbeat inspite of BP and ECG being normal. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 46 years old, on no medication apart from Zinc daily that seems to help with my low testosterone. BP averages about 110/63 mmHg, resting pulse between 58 and 65 bpm. My height is 5' 10" and weigh about 75 kg. About five years ago, I noticed odd heart rhythms after playing two hou...  Read Full »


Dr. Salam Salloum

Cardiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It seems that all the tests you had are reassuring. What you are describing seems to me as ectopics and a small dose of beta blockers could help. But if the resting heart rate is less then 65 bpm then better to avoid them. In this case, if the ectopics burden is very h...  Read Full »

Is there a false lumen in the MRI of aorta?

Query: Hello doctor, I am taking an MRI of my aorta once a year to check for the development of dissections, aneurysms, and enlargement of my aortic root. This is because my family can have connective tissue disorder (not yet diagnosed). I just got back from my MRI, and doing this every year. I have a hab...  Read Full »


Dr. Chitrangada

Radiodiagnosis Physician, Radiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am glad that you are an aware patient and getting yourself screened annually for aortic pathologies. The aortic origin, arch, and descending thoracic aorta show normal caliber lumen (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Abdominal aorta and its branches app...  Read Full »

Kindly share your opinion about my ventricular ectopic beats and VT.

Query: Hi doctor, Recently, I had a Holter monitor, which showed 7000 ventricle ectopic beats and a few short runs of VT, only four beats or less than that. My doctor has referred me to a cardiologist. When I asked if it is dangerous, she said no and said that I could exercise. Is that true? I am extremely...  Read Full »


Dr. Rishu

Cardiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Ventricular ectopics are abnormal beats, which have their origin in the ventricle chamber of the heart. A few ventricular ectopics are a common finding, but 7000 ventricular ectopics cannot be neglected. VT (ventricular tachycardia) of less than 30 seconds is called non-s...  Read Full »

There is ventricular bigeminy and ectopics post MI. Do I need a device?

Query: Hi doctor, Post MI (after one year) ventricular bigeminy is diagnosed. I am describing my cardiac problem. Please give your valuable suggestion. My problem is exactly one year back which was MI. Treatment started after 20 minutes with Reteplase and other drugs. Next day at 9 AM, I underwent angiogr...  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Pillai

Cardiologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Most probably, these VPC (ventricular premature contraction) are due to the scar in the RV (right ventricle). As advised by the cardiologists, I would also advise an EP study (electro...  Read Full »

I sometimes have a weird heartbeat that feels like a big thump. Should I worry?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 25, and I have really bad anxiety about my health. I have been to therapists but nothing seems to help. Since I was 20, I have had these weird heartbeats that would last no more than a second that feels like a big thump. They would happen randomly and usually worse when I am bloated...  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Most probably, these are ventricular premature complexes. These are ectopic or extra beats. These are usually benign and not life-threatening. These are frequently associated with MVP (mitral valve prolapse), also caffeine, alcohol, thyroid, gastritis and acidity pro...  Read Full »

I have normal ECG and echo. Why am I getting ectopic beats?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 21 years old and have a normal ECG and echo. I am getting ectopic beats for a while now, sometimes one per minute. Currently, I am on Lovan and Vyvanse.  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Cardiologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Firstly, ectopics in this age are benign and not worrisome. I guess they are confirmed on Holter and assumed to be ventricular ectopics. And also ruled out the structural heart disease on echo. They are also associated with excess caffeine, alcohol consumption, and t...  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/dizziness, or like I will pass out. It also never goes on for several minutes, just around 10 to 20 a day...  Read Full »


Dr. Ilir Sharka

Cardiologist

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 »

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