When should I be concerned about PVCs and PACs?
If you experience isolated PACs or PVCs, there’s no need to worry. If you take steps to correct the underlying trigger, the skipped beats will usually go away. If palpitations become a nuisance, your doctor can use a medication to make you feel them less, but this is mainly to improve your comfort.
Are PVCs and PACs considered heart disease?
Premature atrial contractions (PACs) are premature heartbeats that are similar to PVCs, but occur in the upper chambers of the heart, an area known as the atria. PACs do not typically cause damage to the heart and can occur in healthy individuals with no known heart disease.
Can PVCs be life threatening?
PVCs can develop at any time and in all ages. PVCs can occur in otherwise healthy individuals with no other heart problems or in conjunction with other heart diseases. While PVCs may not be life-threatening on their own, they can make the heart function less effectively and cause other more serious problems.
Why am I suddenly getting PVCs?
Heart disease or scarring that interferes with the heart’s normal electrical impulses can cause PVCs. Certain medications, alcohol, stress, exercise, caffeine or low blood oxygen, which is caused by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or pneumonia, can also trigger them.
Why are my PVCs getting worse?
Response to exercise: PVCs that mostly occur at times of rest and suppress with exercise are usually benign. PVCs that worsen with exercise may be indicative of a heart under stress, say from a partial blockage of an artery or something else. A heart doctor should evaluate arrhythmia that gets worse with exercise.
What happens if PVCs go untreated?
PVCs rarely cause problems unless they occur again and again over a long period of time. In such cases, they can lead to a PVC-induced cardiomyopathy, or a weakening of the heart muscle from too many PVCs. Most often, this can go away once the PVCs are treated.
How do you stop PVCs and PACs?
- Lifestyle changes. Eliminating common PVC triggers — such as caffeine or tobacco — may reduce the number of extra beats and lessen symptoms.
- Medications. Blood pressure medications may be prescribed to reduce the premature contractions.
- Radiofrequency catheter ablation.
How do you live with PVCs?
How do I manage PVCs?
- Eating a heart-healthy diet.
- Getting enough exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.
- Not having too much alcohol and caffeine, which can trigger PVCs.
- Not having too much stress and fatigue, which can also trigger PVCs.
- Getting treatment for your other health conditions, such as high blood pressure.