Heart & Cardiology/PVC's and Palpitations

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I am 44 years old and have been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder 17 years ago. I never had a problem with PVC's or heart palpitations until I had a major dental problem about 8 months ago were I had to have 2 molars removed. I don't know if it was a combination of the pain and overall anxiety from the event, or if it was a mix of the medications of Paxil for my anxiety, antibiotics for infection and vicodin for the constant pain for a over a week straight, but the pvc's started and have not let up since.

I had an ER visit they were so bad and had a 12 lead EKG and blood work done around 8 months ago, and the doctor in the ER said everything was normal, even stating I didn't even have a first blockage, which he said was remarkable for a guy my age and size, whatever that means. I had a chest ex-ray as well that showed my heart was slightly enlarged, the doctor said not enough to worry about and just to lose weight and it would be fine. Basically, the palpitations and PVC's are benign. Since then, I have quit drinking soft drinks, stopped any caffeine intake and stopped smoking and I am working on exercising and losing weight.

I just had my physical with my GP 2 weeks ago and my BP was 121/80 and all my blood work came back normal, even though I am about 100 pounds overweight still.  My problem is the pvc's and palpitations are now the driving force of my anxiety. I have come off anxiety meds, but feel I may have to go back on them. I can't stop thinking something is wrong with my heart. Do I have anything to worry about or should I ask for more tests?

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Hi Tony,
Nothing to suggest your PVCs are dangerous:
http://www.cardiachealth.org/palpitations
http://www.cardiachealth.org/premature-ventricular-contractions-pvcs
I cannot help you with your anxiety problems.
Hope this helps,
Dr T
http://www.cardiachealth.org/

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