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Premature Ventricular Contractions or Coronary Spasms
- Located under the chest bone
- Described as squeezing, constricting, tightness, pressure, or crushing, which is usually severe and may radiate to the neck, jaw, shoulder, or arm
- Often occurs at rest May occur at the same time each day, usually between 12:00 midnight and 8:00 AM
- Lasts from 5 to 30 minutes
- Relieved by nitroglycerin (NTG)
- Can cause fainting or loss of consciousness
You may want to ask your doctor for nitroglycerin to take during an epiosode of chest pain. If you are are weraing a recorder, it would demonstrate EKG changes caused by spasms and their disappearance with NTG. If your PVCs are recently more frequent, they could be assocaited with early menopause.
For menopausal women who are experiencing irregular heartbeats caused by changes in estrogen production, the treatment is often a combination of lifestyle changes and natural remedies. The decreased estrogen production also puts women at an increased risk for coronary artery disease, particularly if associated with other cardiac risk factors such as a high cholesterol, smoking, hypertension, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and/or obesity, cardiac risks that can be calculated.
Hope this helps,
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