Can those Heart Skip Palpitations that Feel so Horrible Kill You!

The Diagnostic Value of Common Irregular Heartbeats (PVCs and PACs)
Far too many reputable cardiologists are stating that their many years as practitioners in this field of specialty have shown that these irregular heartbeats are very common and very rarely pose a health threat to otherwise healthy people. Some cardiologists even call them “normal” and state that they are commonly associated with a common heart murmur called “Mitral Valve Prolapse” (MVP). Regardless of this fact, it can be very concerning to feel as if your heart stops at times, even for a brief moment. Cardiologists add other statements to the fact of the harmlessness of these heart skips (which are actually 2 heartbeats combined). They say to the effect that PVCs/PACs rarely have any diagnostic significance and many of these doctors admit to experiencing them their selves.
Keep in mind that we are talking about intermittent irregular heartbeats which are called “dysrhythmias”, rather than chronic “arrhythmias” (an ongoing rather than intermittent change in cardiac rhythm). As referred-to above, MVP which is also called a “click murmur” (sometimes making a click sound on stethoscope), can also cause mild leakage from the valve, referred to as “Mitral Regurgitation”. Even this version of the condition, usually does not cause serious complications but is monitored via yearly checkups in the middle-aged and senior-age people. Younger people with MVP may be re-evaluated less frequently but all age categories should contact their physicians if any new symptoms arise or become frequent (e.g. an increase in dysrhythmias, development of chest pain and/or difficulty breathing).
Stress and Anxiety: Major Triggers for Palpitations
I also want to remind, that people, who anticipate PVCs/PACs, due to their fear of them, are actually contributing to more of them (certainly not their fault but a natural response). Also, when one occurs, it tends to cause a quick surge of adrenaline in the body, due to the anxiety these palpitations may cause (fight or flight response or generally increased adrenaline). This will often instantly trigger succeeding PVCs/PACs, possibly several of them in a row (PVC complexes – flutter feelings). For this reason, people who are under chronic stress or anxiety can experience them with more frequency than do people who have other triggers for them (i.e. caffeine, following exercise or from lack of sleep). Cardiologist – Dr. Michael G. Kienzle, MD says this regarding PVCs: “…PVCs are common. In the vast majority of cases, they are of no prognostic significance and frequently go away on their own without any treatment beyond being reassured by your doctor.” While it is my hope that this moderate-length article has provided a bit of comfort to those who may be experiencing these skips, jumps and flutters in their heart rhythm, I do want to strongly suggest that any type of heart arrhythmia or dysrhythmia should be further evaluated by a qualified licensed doctor, as a wise precaution.


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