Last year I had some PVCs, did an event holter, blood work, ekg, echocardiogram, chest xray and everything came back fine. I was doing fine until last Friday I was having a little run of them and I think I got myself worked up about them so much that I ended up in the hospital with really high blood pressure and many, many PVCs.
I'm told that in an otherwise healthy heart PVCs are benign and not any cause for concern. The problem I have is I feel them and I hate the sensation they cause. I should also say I've had anxiety disorder and panic attacks virtually my whole life. The PVCs put me into that "fight or flight" response because I think I need to go get help but going to the ER again is pointless. I exercise regularly and PVCs disappear when I'm running.
I saw a cardiologist yesterday for the first time. They did an EKG in the office where a couple PVCs showed up. He said he wants to do a routine workup -- echo, 48 hr holter, stress test just to make sure everything is okay. He also mentioned if the PVCs are bothersome to me and very numerous (he mentioned over 10k / 24 hrs) there is a procedure available that essentially burns part of your heart tissue that seems to be sending the early beats. I think hearing that scared me even more.
Anyone who has dealt with these please chime in. Are they more symptomatic of anxiety? Does being anxious about them cause them to happen more frequently? Can you break the PVC cycle and eventually have them be minimal or go away?
Thanks in advance to anyone that can help.
100 mg Zololf (just upped to 100 mg last Saturday)
50 mg Toprol XL
Klonapin -- .5 mg can take as needed
Someone also told me that Taurine and L-Theamine have really good calming properties and help the heart, thinking about trying those.