How do your PACs/PVCs feel?

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Hey all,

I've been having PACs and PVCs for about 5 years now, 21yo M who doesn't drink, smoke or do drugs (but I do have anxiety :p )

Anyway I wanted to talk to some people first hand about how theirs feels as I don't know anybody in real life who experiences these, so experiences would help ease my fear.

Mine kind of feel like a thump and then I get a massive anxiety rush and my heart beats faster, sometimes it will be mild and it feels more like someone presses on my heart for a second. But the big ones are like someone punches my heart and I have to recover, I'm a little worried it is Afib and not just benign PAC's/PVC's. I've had an ECG about 2 weeks ago and nothing showed, no hyper or hypothyroidism on my bloods, I have a 24 hour monitor tomorrow and I am considering having caffeine because the last time I had a monitor they barely even showed up.

Thanks in advance.

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    Hi I've been having this for about 7 years I am 28 years old and all I can say is you are not alone . They are horrible and to be honest have ruined my life , the feelings I get are like a thud then a pause sometimes 2 thuds then a pause then some times many thuds then I can also feel like a double beat . I've had tests and monitoring and they pulled up nothing and I'm told to not worry , its a hard thing to live with and sometimes I feel like they have missed something and I have some hidden condition that will hurt me . I can have a brake from them for months and then one day bang they are back .

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    I have had these for 40 years since i was 28, i just learned to live with them without the side effects of drugs, as i,ve got older they are harder to tolerate.  I also have suffered with anxiety, i try to keep busy to take my mind off these horrible feelings but it does affect your life, i avoid stressfull excitable situations. I have never smoked taken drugs and alcohol, pretty much led a healthy lifestyle but still i am wired up like this, some of us unfortunately are.  One thing for sure you will not die of this, i have worked until retirement and put my energy into my family. Definitely give up coffee that starts me off.

     

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    Hi Jesse,

    Im a 23yo male and know completely what your going through! 

    I was diagnosed with afib in December last year.. was in fast AF for about 40 minutes before my heart finally converted back to normal rhythm. I was prescribed the beta blocker bisoprolol which has stopped me from going into afib but during parts of the day i get lots of pvc's/pac's and the only way i can describe it is almost like a frog jumping around in your chest.  Normally pauses then a thud after, its not a pain but it is the most scary/horrific sensation and every single one is as bad as the last one! Please reply back to me as I think it would help us both to talk about it smile, dont worry, your not the only one!

    Dan

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      Yo man this made me feel better reading this. I’ve recently been struggling with these weird palpitations and I always feel like I’m going to die lol. It’s been going on a year now and I’ve been to the doctor several times each time they say I’m fine but I’m like HELLO! My heart is still doing weird things! Ha glad to see I’m not alone. I’m taking magnesium and trying to fight it with Ativan but I still get them daily. Like a skilled beat followed by a larger thud type beat. Sucks lol. Anyway glad I’m not the only one! Any advice you might have I’d appreciate it. 
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    Hi everyone. I'm new on here & feel comforted by your comments. I suffer from PVCs which feel like a jumping in my throat and breathless feeling. Despite being given a clean bill of health by the cardiologist it is hard not to both dread them & be frightened when they happen. I am a worrier with a history of anxiety but no problems with weight. I first suffered about 5 years ago & had been much better until I went on a diet to clean up my sluggish gallbladder. This meant eating a lot of acid food so I wonder if there is a connection with arrhythmia & changes in diet. I don't have any caffeine and am a regular dog walker. Having said that, I'm terrified to walk too energetically in case it triggers an attack. I wouldn't wish it on anyone. 

    Any advice welcome. Best wishes

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    Hello Jesse,

                      The trouble  I have found is that when I have the 7 day monitoring or an ECG its SODS LAW ie just sinus rhythm. Extremely annoying when you know its been constant VE's week after week. Yes, its like banging and crashing inside yr chest with a feeling that your breath is being sucked out of you. Also......like you I suffer from episodes of anxiety (the cardiologist says any emotional response makes the ectopics worse)   The Drs wont prescibe anti arhythmic drugs as they have serious side effects but I'm feeling desperate like you.

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      Me too Linda! I had a 24hr monitor last week which showed nothing but the odd blip here & there. I swear the minute I took it off I felt as though I was about to drop dead. I would do anything to get rid of this vile condition. I have noticed now that hot food & cold air are triggers for me. I don't mind that so much but when it comes from nowhere it frightens the life out of me. The doctor wants to give me mild anti anxiety medication but I'm worried about pills. I

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      Hullo Miriam,

                        You are SO right....it feels vile. I have to say that my VE's are not related to anything  (foods, heat, cold etc) but I feel better lying down flat and I cant wait for bed time to come to be unconscious to it all. A very strange thing is (and I keep a diary of the condition) I have frequent VE's for about 4 weeks then they disappear COMPLETELY for about 4 weeks then they start again ditto ditto. What can THAT mean?

      Its a joke ........if I didnt feel so awful.  ..Bye for now.

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      Oh bless Linda. I know what you mean. It's as if we get a bit complaisant & then they come back as if to say we're still here! My father had the same, lived well into his 80s & didn't die of anything to do with his heart! Keep in touch. We live in France & it's hot enough to give the strongest person VEs let alone the likes of me! 

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      hi Linda, I hope you are well. I just came across this as I am recently new to pvcs and related to your post about being asleep & not feeling them. Mine started at 48 yrs old a few months ago & look different on all ecg's & are being helped w/medicine for now. I feel for everyone on this forum. I also have anxiety. However this condition would make anyone anxious. I am not a candidate for an ablation because the pvcs are always changing.

      Be well~

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      hello Cookie 45... i am also new to this forum but not to pvcs. I have been suffering from these for about 20 years I am a 42-year-old healthy female with no structural heart problems . My pvcs will hit me like a ton of bricks out of the blue. May be stress realted im not sure. Right now i have had them all day everyday for over a week. They make me depressed. I have been to the hospital for them and told me they were harmless. I have trouble believing this.. I feel like a walking time bomb. But then one day ill wake up and thyre gone! Wont happen again for months, even a year! I cant find relief other than sleeping. 😦

      So worried all the time. Not a good way to live. How often are u experiencing these pvcs? I get about 2 every 5-10 min all day long 😦

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      Hi All

      I'm the exact same. I'm 49 and had them since I was 26. my last episode started Wednesday and took to emerg by Thursday. Yet again...benign PVC"S yet the alarms on the monitor never stopped. They said medically nothing wrong. I am the only one that can stop them. It's Saturday and my only relief is when I fall asleep. It's really hard to have a life and carry on. No one understands unless they have them too. But with this forum I feel relieved I'm not alone so thanks for the continued sharing. We can get through them. One day at at a time I guess. This is my worst episode by far. Hit me hard. I hate them and I feel like they will never stop this time.

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