Are You Experiencing Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs)?

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: May 7, 2020

You may experience PVCs and not know what it is you are feeling. Many describe it as a pause in your heartbeat, almost the same type of feeling you get when you drop over that first hill in a roller coaster. The difference is you are not being exposed to a drop in gravity and you don’t even have to be walking, moving, or even standing for it to happen.

What is PVC?

A premature ventricular contraction is an extra heartbeat that begins in one of the two lower pumping chambers (ventricles). This extra beat interrupts your normal steady heart rhythm. It can cause a fluttering, pounding feeling or a skipped beat.

If you are otherwise healthy its most often not a concern or a need for treatment – but it is important to get it properly diagnosed so you know that is what it is and not a condition you may require treatment for.

Why would extra beats occur?

PVCs are not genetic. They always have a cause though reasons aren’t always clear. Heart disease, certain triggers, and muscle scarring can cause improper electrical impulses.

PVCs are associated with:

  • Decongestants
  • Antihistamines
  • Alcohol overuse
  • Illegal drugs
  • Prescription drugs
  • Caffeine
  • Smoking
  • Exercise
  • Anxiety
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Failure

If your episodes of PVCs become frequent certain patterns increase your risk of developing heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias) or weakening of the heart muscle (cardiomyopathy) may rise as well. If it makes you feel uncomfortable get it checked out.

Come visit us for an appointment at Tampa Cardiovascular Associates of Tampa Bay, Florida. We are the cardiology experts! Our staff can help to clear up any confusion, diagnose you properly, and put your mind at ease knowing your heart is in the best of hands.


Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: 07/05/2020

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