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To who it may concern:

I am a 53 year old African-American woman, who had pericarditis about 30 years ago. It seems since then I have always had episodes of my heart skipping. Two years ago, I had a stress test and echo cardiogram, which came back normal. My doctor said, they say the skips, but ruled it benign. I was put on a beta-blocker (metroplol). For awhile it seemed to help, now I'm having the skips again. Its scary why do my results say normal, if I'm still having these issues Should I be concerned. Does this mean I have heart disease? I also, have hypertension and take 12.5 mg of hydrochorithiazide once a day. Please give me some advice.

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Hi Cydni,

While PVCs are an uncomfortable nuisance they are not dangerous in most patients with otherwise normal heart function, as you have. Once properly diagnosed, beta blockers are the best treatment to reduce the frequency to more tolerable levels. Read more here:
http://www.cardiachealth.org/premature-ventricular-contractions-pvcs
http://www.cardiachealth.org/heart-information/heart-failure#EF
http://www.cardiachealth.org/heart-disease-treatment/heart-disease-medications/b

Hope this helps,
Dr T

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