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    what is the difference between what are referred to as "premature" beats and V-Fib? I've gotten these skipped beats and very short fast flutters that last maybe 3-4 seconds ...waiting for Holter results from NEMC..
    \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Re: Ventricular fillbrilation

    Originally posted by cynthia
    what is the difference between what are referred to as "premature" beats and V-Fib? I've gotten these skipped beats and very short fast flutters that last maybe 3-4 seconds ...waiting for Holter results from NEMC..
    PVC - premature beats are harmless
    V-Fib is a leathal rythm.
    Lisa
    Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
    YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
    Currently not obstructed
    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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      Re: Ventricular fillbrilation

      Good morning Cynthia,

      A PVC is a premature ventricular beat. V tach is a run of PVCs that can lead to V Fib, which isn't a good thing.

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        Dear Karen,

        Ventricular tachycardia is much more than just a "run of PVCs"

        PVCs are very common and occur even in people with normal hearts.

        "Nonsustained VT is defined as a run of tachycardia of less than 30 seconds duration; a longer duration is considered sustained VT. --VT requires:

        * Rate greater than 100 beats per minute (usually 150-200)

        * Wide QRS complexes (>120 ms)

        * Presence of atrioventricular (AV) dissociation

        * Fusion beats

        In English: VT is very fast, the QRS is the time it takes the heart beat to happen and long one is dangeroud, and the last two are fancy ways of saying "really messed up."

        S

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          Re: Ventricular fillbrilation

          Sarah,

          V tach isn't much more than a run of consecutive ventricular beats. It is a run of 3 or more ventricular beats/complexes at a rate greater than 100. Everything else you mentioned just adds to the picture.



          Karen

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            Re: Ventricular fillbrilation

            Most PVC's are harmless. Even a single PVC with the wrong timing can prove dangerous. That's why we hear so much about "long QT syndrome". These people are more likely to have their PVC's in the danger zone. The cardiologist will study that Holter monitor result very carefully to see where, not just how many PVC's are occuring. They will tell you if it's a problem for you. Linda

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              Re: Ventricular fillbrilation

              I had called NEMC this morning as when I woke up I was having fast, irregular beats...never happened to this extent before. I've noticed that I've been having more of these the past few weeks. The MRI showed exactly what the echo did...nothing else going on, but he said that the Holter reading showed exactly what I called about this morning. From what he mentioned, there is Ventricular fibrillation and Ventricular Tachtycardia...pretty sure it is the VT. I was told to increase my beta blocker (double the doseage) and hopefully this will help . If not, he mentioned something about a catherization?? anyone have this done?
              \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

              Ralph Waldo Emerson

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                Re: Ventricular fillbrilation

                I had called NEMC this morning as when I woke up I was having fast, irregular beats...never happened to this extent before. I've noticed that I've been having more of these the past few weeks. The MRI showed exactly what the echo did...nothing else going on, but he said that the Holter reading showed exactly what I called about this morning. From what he mentioned, there is Ventricular fibrillation and Ventricular Tachtycardia...pretty sure it is the VT. I was told to increase my beta blocker (double the doseage) and hopefully this will help . If not, he mentioned something about a catherization?? anyone have this done?
                \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

                Ralph Waldo Emerson

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                  Re: Ventricular fillbrilation

                  I had called NEMC this morning as when I woke up I was having fast, irregular beats...never happened to this extent before. I've noticed that I've been having more of these the past few weeks. The MRI showed exactly what the echo did...nothing else going on, but he said that the Holter reading showed exactly what I called about this morning. From what he mentioned, there is Ventricular fibrillation and Ventricular Tachtycardia...pretty sure it is the VT. I was told to increase my beta blocker (double the doseage) and hopefully this will help . If not, he mentioned something about a catherization?? anyone have this done?
                  \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

                  Ralph Waldo Emerson

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                    Re: Ventricular fillbrilation

                    YEs, I have had 2 caths- -not fun, but not that bad either. It is very safe when done in well trained hands.
                    RE the VF you mentioned just for clearfication you meant AF. These rythms need to be evaluated carefully and treated.

                    Be well,
                    Lisa
                    Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
                    YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

                    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
                    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
                    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
                    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
                    Currently not obstructed
                    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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                      Re: Ventricular fillbrilation

                      re: catherizations....what exactly does this do for you?
                      \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

                      Ralph Waldo Emerson

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                      • #12
                        Re: Ventricular fillbrilation

                        In short it looks INside your heart -it allows a clear view of the inside of your heart. They can also see if you have any clogged "pipes" .
                        How old are you?
                        WHy I ask is it is rather common --regardless of HCM to use caths to help find out why the heart is "acting up".
                        You can see I am in a rush as I am useing NOT tech terms!!
                        must run ...
                        Lisa
                        Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
                        YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

                        Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
                        lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
                        Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
                        Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
                        Currently not obstructed
                        Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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                          Re: Ventricular fillbrilation

                          thanks so much, Lisa....I'm 49 yrs. old. I'm on coumadin and atenolol. I went on the coumadin 9 yrs. ago when I had my son (developed clots in my artery in the upper part of my leg a week after giving birth). I've been doing great with the HCM for many years (no SOB, chest pain, etc) and have been on a low dose of atenolol. Up until last November when I had an upper respiratory infection and had CHF symptoms. My echo in December had not changed since one I had 4 years prior and 4 years prior to that. Dr. M said that what he thinks are atrial tachs showed up on the holter i wore a few weeks ago..that's why he's increasing the beta blocker and see if that helps with the fast irregular beats. He said that if it doesnt, I'll have to wear the holter again and maybe have a cath. But of course, my question is why am I getting these recently??
                          \"It is not length of life, but depth of life.\"

                          Ralph Waldo Emerson

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                            Re: Ventricular fillbrilation

                            HCM s odd...somedays are good ..others NOT ...why we are still attempting to figure that out.
                            Your in good hands and they will help you get to the bottom of the WHY's.
                            Best of luck...feel well!

                            Lisa
                            Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
                            YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

                            Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
                            lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
                            Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
                            Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
                            Currently not obstructed
                            Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)

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