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  • PVCs and V-tach

    Hi everyone,

    I have some questions...

    Okay here is the brief story:

    Thursday Jan 20th was a extremely stressful day. I cannot go into the details because my heart freaks out every time I think about it. But it has to do with my 21 year old step-son who is a drug addict (he does not live with us, I won't allow it since I have 2 young children here.)

    Thursday night my heart started having these long runs of PVCs. The PVCs would last anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes at a time, then my heart beat would go back to normal for several minutes, then the long runs of PVCs again.

    This has been going on for over 4 days now.

    I went to the ER Friday night, they did blood work and monitored me for 4 hours, they called my one cardiologist and she said to send me home because there is nothing they could do for me.

    I have taken Verapamil and all it does it slow down the PVCs. It does not stop them from happening.

    Questions --Has any thing like this ever happened to anyone here? Did it finally stop for good?

    I am trying to tell myself that it is going to be okay and that this will stop, I try to relax but when it starts up again, I find it difficult to relax.

    I keep thinking that if it was serious, they would have kept me in the hospital, (but then again, I do not have health insurance).

    And another question-- Are long runs of PVCs like this called v-tach?

    Thank you so much everyone for your help, I really do appreciate it.

    Eileen
    49 yrs. old
    Diagnosed at 31.
    Cardiac Arrest 2003, RF Ablation in AZ, no positive result -
    First ICD 2003 - In 2006 lead went bad, abandoned lead, threaded new one & new generator
    Myectomy 5-5-05 at The Cleveland Clinic - Dr. Lever & Dr. Smedira -heart surgeon.
    Currently have Grade 2 Diastolic Dysfunction with pulmonary hypertension & pulmonary edema.
    My brother passed away suddenly at 34 yrs old from HCM.
    2 teenage children, ages 17 and 15.

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    Also, when the runs of PVCs happen my heart rate drops to about 50 beats per minute and my blood pressure is around 80/50.

    Then afterwards my heart rate goes back up to 80 to 95 bpm and my blood pressure is around 100/60.

    This is so strange.
    49 yrs. old
    Diagnosed at 31.
    Cardiac Arrest 2003, RF Ablation in AZ, no positive result -
    First ICD 2003 - In 2006 lead went bad, abandoned lead, threaded new one & new generator
    Myectomy 5-5-05 at The Cleveland Clinic - Dr. Lever & Dr. Smedira -heart surgeon.
    Currently have Grade 2 Diastolic Dysfunction with pulmonary hypertension & pulmonary edema.
    My brother passed away suddenly at 34 yrs old from HCM.
    2 teenage children, ages 17 and 15.

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    • #3
      Eileen - can you give me a call - I have some ideas.
      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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      • #4
        Eileen I'm sorry to hear that your having such a difficult time. Back in august. I was having pvc's. I went to the cardiologist and they showed on the ekg while I was in the office.He circled them on the printout it seemed to my untrained eye about every 5th or 6 th beat. I was really shaken He asked me what had I been doing lately eating,activities stress etc.I was afraid to say the least.that lasted about 4 days and since then have not come back other than isolated beats here and their thank God. Im not sure but I think I must have been dehydrated just prior to that and maybe I pushed myself to hard(I had been speed walking in 90 degree weather) .I pray you feel better soon. Take it easy. mike ob
        One day at a time.

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