• Anonymous
      November 11, 2006 at 10:18 am

      Can anyone tell me what PVC’s actually are and if it’s good or bad? I had a heart attack when I had GBS and sometimes my heart starts to beat really hard and it takes my breath, but it only happens when I’m resting….like, sitting on the couch or when I lay down to go to bed. Thanks!!!

    • Anonymous
      November 11, 2006 at 9:58 pm

      [COLOR=”Purple”]Hi twaters. PVC’s, or premature ventricular contractions, are extra electrical impulses originating from one of the ventricles of the heart, usually the left. They are benign in most people. Since you have underlying heart disease, PVC’s could be significant . Most people have them during the day but don’t notice or feel palpitations until at rest or later at night when lying down. I’m wondering if you are on a beta-blocker since your heart attack, something like atenolol or Lopressor. These drugs usually help suppress arrythmias, or irregular heart rhythms without causing more dangerous arrythmias. Having been a cardiac nurse for 28 years, my advice would be to talk to your cardiologist or pc doctor about your symptoms. Knowing that you already have cardiac disease, it would be wise to get it checked out. Hope this helps…Vicki[/COLOR]

    • Anonymous
      November 12, 2006 at 4:25 pm

      I’m not on any kind of medication for my heart. I just started going to this new doctor though, a specialist, and I told him of my history and he said he would investigate all of that and I go back for a follow up on Dec. 13th. Thank you for the advice though. I didn’t know what exactly pvc’s were. I’ll ask him about those meds and see what he thinks. Thank you again so much!