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Being treated for anxiety, HYPERTENSION with PVC in EKG.

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I have been treated for anxiety (cipralex) and mild hypertension (cozaar) for years. Age 38, male, overweight (about 280 lbs, 6'2"). Recently (over 4 months) I have been having PVCs.
My family doctor argues that they are benign, related to anxiety, and has had me to a cardiologist for an EKG and a listen to my heart. No PVC showed up on the EKG.

When I have these symptoms, it is a pause followed by a strong beat, and then immediately afterwards I get a bit of dizziness (but not always) and a feeling like an adrenaline rush or hot flash throughout my body (usually). I have tried to put up with these over the last months. They happen usually a few times per day at the most and I don't really notice them as much when I am busy, usually only when I am driving or working or falling asleep.

Recently, in the last two days, I have found a huge increase in the PVC at night time and in the morning, when I am falling asleep and waking up. They decrease after being up for a bit in the morning. They come often a few beats apart so they are really noticeable. I find that if I focus on them they get worse, and they are causing me a lot of worry. I went to the ER and
they did two EKG with only one PVC showing up but this is after I had been awake for a while.

My doctor did not do any further tests (ECG, holter, stress).

The two trips to emerg having yielded only one PVC had them sending me home with a shrug ?

I would like to know if I have any structural heart disease or if these are truly benign.

My questions:

1. Are the hot flashes typical of PVC ?
2. Should the increase in PVC at bed time and in the morning upon waking signify anything ?
3. Am I at risk of VT ? Should I go to ER and insist that they do more evaluation now even though the PVC incidence is very low in the daytime (more than 10-20 minutes from waking).




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Expert:  Dr. Vivek Mahajan replied 4 Days.


Thank you for your query at DoctorSpring.com
The symptoms that you describe can very well occur with vpcs. Whether you are at increased risk of vt that needs some tests. A normal echo study will render these vpcs as benign. Do you have family history of vt and sudden death? Do these vpcs cause giddiness or dizziness or blackouts?
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Patient replied :

Thanks for the reply. I have never passed out but sometimes the bigger ones make me a bit lightheaded. I also notice sometimes after exercise I get them.
I do not have an EKG from my doctor handy but I caught two of them this morning when I got into work after a brisk walk and I am attaching the pdf of the EKG (sorry for the resolution. I work in a biology department and we had a cheapo one sitting around) here. I am rarely symptomatic during the day, perhaps one or two per day that I notice, it is really only in the morning waking up and after some activities that I notice them alot.
Thanks for any additional information, I will ask about the echocardiogram tomorrow during my checkup.

Expert:  Dr. Vivek Mahajan replied 3 Days.


The ecg shows a rhythm like vpcs. Due to the resolution and calibration details not being available it is difficult to comment anything else. Nevertheless it seems to be a vpc. So there are mild symptoms associated. If the echo is normal you may start beta blockers for symptom relief. Also a hokter examination for 24 hours ecg will help to rule out any self terminating vt that may be occurring and causing these symptoms though it is unlikely.

Dr Vivek Mahajan

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Fellowship: DM, Cardiology, PGIMER, 2013
Residency: MD, Internal Medicine, AIIMS, 2007
Internship: King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital, 2003 
Medical School: MBBS, Seth G.S. Medical College, 2002
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