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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Will ectopic beats cause twitching of muscles near breast under armpit?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24-years-old female. I am experiencing twitching on the left side of my breast, almost under my armpit. It feels like fluttering, and it has been happening for the second day now. Three weeks ago, I had a Holter monitor, and it showed a lot of ectopic beats, but the doctor assured...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your Holter test is normal (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). There are ectopic beats, but the number is very low. You need not worry about that. Ectopic beats cause a feeling of extra beats or missed beats or fluttering in the neck or cough. ...  Read Full »

What causes premature beats and how is it controlled?

Query: Hi doctor, I have an ECG recording of two beats simultaneously, three times in a minute, and wanted to see if someone can take a look at it. I took a Melatonin spray of 2 mg the night before for the first time. Melatonin made me sleep 10 hours and have a very vivid dream. Felt slightly weak or lazy...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. ECG (electrocardiogram) strip shows premature beats, but I doubt whether these are actual premature beats or just artifacts. A 12 leads ECG will be helpful to clarify it. Even if these are premature beats, these are not dangerous and will disap...  Read Full »

What causes burning sensation in the hands and feet?

Query: Hello doctor, I hope you are doing well. I would extremely appreciate any advice on this topic right now. My close friend has had pressure on his face recently. Now he complains of a burning sensation in his feet and hands and pain in his back and legs. So he is taking Amitriptyline. He said he fee...  Read Full »

Dr. J. N. Naidu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to You mentioned blood tests show everything normal. But what are the blood tests done? If you can share the details, I can study the problem and ask for more tests or information, if necessary and evaluate the problem and suggest appropriate treatment.  Read Full »

Is it dangerous to have ventricular ectopic beats at 28 years of age?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28 year old male. My ECG shows ventricular ectopic heartbeat of 56 beats per minute. What should I do? Is it dangerous?  Read Full »

Dr. Rishu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to At the age of 28, ventricular ectopic beats are really dangerous. The most common cause of ventricular ectopic beats is myocardial ischemia. You have not mentioned your smoking history and your anxiety levels.¬†High levels of anxiety can cause ectopic beats. A detailed hi...  Read Full »

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. Sapkal Ganeshrao Patilba

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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

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 »

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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

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