I've been suffering from PVCs for my entire life. When I was a child they scared me to death (truth be known they occasionally still do) and would trigger tachycardia, which only scared me more. For decades I was basically told I was a hysterical nut job ::: and to learn to live with it.
Fast forward some 5 decades later (I'm 57) and I'm still having PVCs ::: I'm told they're benign, yet they still scare me. I've learned some of the causes for mine.
I'm hypoglycemic, when my blood sugar runs low, I feel anxious, my vision gets fuzzy, my my heart rate becomes irregular and rapid. After eating something, my heart rate goes back to normal. I try not to skip meals, and make sure to eat throughout the day. I keep a jar of organic peanut butter in the fridge and grab a spoonful if I know I'm going to skip a meal. I also keep Larabars with me where ever I go.
If I eat a meal containing too much sugar, it triggers something called "dumping syndrome", which consists of severe tachycardia/PVCs, bloating, gas, nausea (sometimes vomiting) and diarrhea. I stopped eating all processed sugars, drink only magnesium rich water and orange juice. I have not had an episode in a couple of years.
FYI ::: I've learned that high fructose corn syrup can trigger PVCs, tachycardia and increased blood pressure in sensitive individuals. High fructose corn syrup can also trigger hypoglycemic episodes (as can consuming too much of any sugars), which is one of the main reasons I stopped eating sugar rich foods.
When I was in my 20s, I learned I have a hiatal hernia. If I eat large meals, or meals that are too spicy or fatty, I'll get stomach bloat, tachycardia and PVCs. So I eat smaller meals, spaced out during the day, and DO NOT lay down for at least an hour (or two) after meals.
I suffer from Celiac Disease (wheat allergy) along other severe allergies (dairy, soy, shellfish, medications, sulfa, etc.). Allergy symptoms can be both debilitating and confusing. The trouble is you can build a tolerance to foods for a while, and then suddenly out of the blue ::: whamo ::: you get hit with symptoms. At worst I swell up like a balloon and go into anaphylactic shock, at best I develop hives or severe tachycardia and PVCs. Dairy: bloat, gas, tachycardia, PVCs, Soy: SVT and PVCs, Shellfish:, anaphylactic shock, Sulfa meds: anaphylactic shock,
My autonomic nervous system is out of kilter. In my case, my cardiovascular system is hyper reactive to all sorts of things. My heart rate can go from 48 to 148 at the drop of a hat ::: and my blood pressure is out of whack as well. I drink 64oz of water I day. If I don't I develop tachycardia, PVCs and low blood pressure. Walking helps mediate my Dysautonomia symptoms. I walk from 1 - 2 hours EVERY DAY. If I don't walk every day, my heart rate will run too high and my blood pressure with either run too high or too low. These days it's been running so low I've needed to ad extra salt to my diet. Note too much salt lowers your potassium levels, so take care. I eat a potassium rich diet.
Because I have a hyper reactive nervous system, I go out of my way to avoid all stimulants. Chocolate (sigh, causes PVCs and tachycardia), high sugar (causes PVCs and tachycardia), caffeinated foods and/or beverages (cause PVCs and tachycardia). Yeah I miss chocolate, but I certainly DO NOT miss being hooked up to a monitor with multiple PVCs and a heart rate of 140+.
Stress reactions ::: my worst bug-a-boo and biggest PVC trigger. I'm diagnosed with PTSD and panic disorder ::: don't ask which came first. I take .5 mg Lorazepam 3 times a day, I can take up to 3 more on bad days. I meditate, write music, pray, watch TV or listen to music when I'm in the panic zone.
Recently I lost five family members, two of whom I cared for at home. I used to work in the medical field as a Respiratory Therapist, so I thought I could handle it better than most. But stress is stress regardless of what your background is, or how many years you worked in the medical field. I've learned I have white coat hypertension (I basically panic when someone takes my blood pressure in a clinical setting) which has made for some interesting blood pressure readings. When BP is up so is heart rate and PVCs (surprise surprise). Naturally there are a number of doctors out their convinced I'm hypertensive (I most definitely am NOT).
Lorazepam (not something I'm thrilled to be taking) has been a Godsend, as when I take beta blockers and/or hypertensive meds my BP can plummet. These days my morning blood pressure runs between 70/30 - 100/50, so anti hypertensives are out for the time being. Suffice it to say my life can be, ahem, interesting.
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Late last August I suffered a mini stroke (not a TIA) something related to the almost daily migraines I'd been having. I take low dose aspirin and have refused the other meds because of my allergies and other health issues. PVC's have been something I deal with when the fear of an other stroke kicks in. I worry about not taking the beta blockers and other meds my specialists want me to take. I don't want to offend my doctors, but I also worry about the fact that my system is so exquisitely sensitive to foods and medications.
Off and on for years I've had EKGs which showed I had a RBBB (the type you're born with) which later vanished. I was recently diagnosed with a LBBB (the type caused by damage, ie various causes) and told my L ventrical shows signs of slight stiffening. I've been told is proof of my hypertension. Over the decades I've had multiple EKGs, treatmills, Thalium stress test, echo cardiograms, MRIs, etc., etc., NONE of which have show any indication of acute heart disease. As I'm a woman, I'm told I more than likely suffer from microvascular disease (MVD), yet an other sign of hypertension.
This I know. Given half a chance ::: the body will heal itself. They did a study a few years back on how 30 minutes of walking a day, has the ability to transform a person's life. Walking helps reduce stress, cholesterol and over time ::: actually reduces the amount of plaque built up in the body. Loosing weight has a dramatic effect on blood pressure, blood sugar and the body's overall state of health.
On days like today, when my PVCs are high, I need to remind myself of my body's ability to heal ::: to remember and these PVCs will pass, as they have in the past.
Closing thought. The last hour of your life only lasts an hour. I can't believe the countless hours I've spent in needless worry and anguish over my health. I work every day to avoid wasting time worrying about EVERYTHING. My goal is to stay in the moment, concentrate on living well and enjoying life. Haven't quite gotten their yet ::: but I'm working on it.