• Judy Clark Judy Clark
    June 26, 2008
    what does " pvc"s" mean on an EKG
    Judy Clark Judy Clark
    June 26, 2008

    yesterday I had an EKG and the Dr. said I was having " pvc's", what does that mean? Now I get a halter monitor for 24 hours to see if there is a     "pattern" to my pvc's, what does all this mean? May 1st, I had a breast reduction that went well except after surgery I got a pulmonary embolus, I am presently on Coumadin to disolve the blood clots.  Thanks. Judy

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  • Dr. Blaivas
    Health Pro
    July 15, 2008
    Dr. Blaivas
    Health Pro
    July 15, 2008

    PVCs stand for premature ventricular contractions.  These are irregular beats of the heart, when part of the electrical system of the cardiac muscle beat out of sequence.  They may be the sign of a heart condition but can also be caused by anxiety, caffeine, infection, abnormal blood levels of body minerals, and dehydration, just to name a few.  Most often they are totally benign, but a Holter monitor will help to determine if they are a sign of something more ominous.


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