Heart & Cardiology/PVCs and treatment
Hello. Thanks so much for answering my question. Background:
I'm a 40-year-old woman in excellent health recently diagnosed with PVCs. I am normal weight (5'4", 123) and no problems with any bloodwork or my hormones were found. I was having 32,000 to 34,000 PVCs per day. I do not feel them and am not bothered by them physically. I do not have anxiety about them. However, because of the number, the three cardiologists I've seen (two are electrophysiologists) have insisted I treat them. Beta blockers had no effect and left me feeling exhausted. Flecainide has brought the PVCs down to 14/day (yes, just 14!) and I feel fine on it. I am concerned, though, when I read about potential dangers of that medication.
A friend today told me she has been in bigeminy for decades and all of her docs told her there's no harm and no treatment is needed. One of the docs used to answer questions on this site, which is how I wound up here.
I'm really just seeking another opinion about whether treatment is actually necessary if I'm in otherwise excellent health and my echocardiogram came back showing I have a completely healthy heart. I have a young son, so I am certainly concerned about prolonging my life, but I'm also not someone who is fond of turning to medications unnecessarily.
Thanks so much.
Flecainide major side effects include
2.Dizziness, fainting, or lightheadedness
3.Fast and/or irregular heartbeats
Since you don't have any but your PVCs are now almost gone, it appears to me you are well treated.
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Hope this helps,