PVCs, palpitations and obesity

6 Comments

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?

Comments 6

  1. Post
    Author

    Same boat here… I think losing weight helps, just lost 30 pounds and the pvc’s stoped… now i’m 170lbs and no pvc’s for the last 2 months witch is good considering i’ve been having it everyday for the last 4 years.

    1. Post
      Author

      You had them everyday for 4 yrs? I just recently started having them more often, they use to come in clusters and lasted about 2 weeks nonstop but is been couple of weeks and they are not going anywhere.

  2. Post
    Author

    I am 48, and I get palpitations when I walk, or excersise. I don’t get them much playing drums. I am 6’1, and very overweight at about 340 lbs. I used to be very athletic. Now I can’t even walk to the restroom without my heart fluttering. The doctors ran all kinds of tests, and say it is PVC’s. They do say it is not serious. Sometimes they go away for several months, and then come back. I hope losing weight can get rid of them? I want to be able to walk long distances again, and enjoy life.

  3. Post
    Author
  4. Post
    Author

    Me too. I’m 45 and It’s so upsetting to feel like you’re going to die every day. And I’m on a large dose of Toprol even…which is a beta blocker. I was just now googling to see if they can be caused by obesity, as I to am overweight. Hope you’re feeling better.

  5. Post
    Author

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *