PVCs, palpitations and obesity

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Submitted by Dr T on July 20, 2011 – 12:19pm

Question: 
I have been dx with having PVC’s and they have gotten progressively worse, in that I have more of them now, and I am now experiencing them back to back. I feel this flutters and I reach for my pulse and there is a pause, then beat, then pause etc. Sometimes I feel like I am having 3 to 4 in a row, other times, it is every other beat…The Dr’s keep telling me they are not going to harm me…that my heart is fine. I have a small VSD, but nothing was ever done with it. I recently was switched to Kaiser and I saw a new cardiologist after having to wear the monitor again. I recorded over 90 episodes and she said that was a record for her to see. She said I could take a medication called atenolol if I want to try to see if that will help, but I heard taking medications can often be a bad thing. I have several of these pvc’s pac’s a day and it is debilitation. I am 39 and I am very overweight. I just joined weight watchers and I am walking on my treadmill for 30 mins a day @ 2.5 mph and also doing 30 mins of cycling at 14 mph with intermittent resistance every other minute. On mon,wed and fri, I am doing a short bowlfex routine and every night mon-fri i am doing 70 sit ups on an exercise ball. I had started out only able to walk 10 mins at 1.5 mph and I have worked up to the later. I have lost 15 lbs going from 389 to 370. I did not have pvc’s until I gained a bulk of weight some 15 years ago. Do you think losing the weight will lessen these? I read posting of people who are physically fit and get them…I don’t touch caffeine NO chocolate, soda, and I don’t drink or smoke… I read that it is a good idea to see an  electrophysiologist for real help…I am almost a recluse because of these…I am terrified to be out of my  house for fear of what will happen when I am out…It is really making me crazy. I often cry saying maybe it would be better to just die to escape these…I know it sounds dramatic but I cant keep going on like this….Please tell me what you think?

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