Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Premature Ventricular Contractions Overview

What are premature ventricular contractions?
A person with premature ventricular contractions or PVC's has extra heartbeats that begin in one of the two lower chambers of the heart, called the ventricles. PVC's interrupt the normal, regular heartbeat and may be perceived by the person as skipped beats. Usually, premature ventricular contractions do not cause serious problems.

What are the symptoms of premature ventricular contractions?
The most common symptom of premature ventricular contractions is the feeling of skipped heartbeats. Although unusual, symptoms of additional underlying heart disease include nausea, excessive sweating, faintness, fainting, chest pain, and breathing difficulty.

How does the doctor treat premature ventricular contractions?
In general, those with occasional PVC's do not require treatment if they have no significant symptoms and no history heart disease. General recommendations for a person with premature ventricular contractions include limiting caffeine and alcohol consumption. Stress reduction will also help reduce premature ventricular contractions. Those with underlying heart disease or significant symptoms may require treatment with medications to control the premature ventricular contractions.

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