PVC’s What They Are and How They Can Affect Your Health

Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: April 19, 2021

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Premature ventricular contractions, otherwise known as PVC’s, are extra heart beats that don’t fit into the normal rhythm. They begin in the lower ventricles. They disrupt the normal beat and can make you feel a fluttering in your chest.

They can be disturbing, but the question is, are they dangerous?

Though they can feel scary, PVCs are rarely the cause of problems unless they occur chronically over time. In chronic cases they can lead to a weakening of the heart muscle and cause induced cardiomyopathy.

When to be concerned

If a patients PVCs are more than 10 to 15% of the heart beats recorded in 24 hours. That level is considered excessive.

Foods to Avoid

There are a few foods that can trigger episodes of PVCs. If you are prone to PVC events it is best to steer clear of the following items when it comes to food choice.

Coffee – This and other caffeinated items are the #1 food related link.

Chocolate – between the caffeine and sugar this delicious creamy treat is not a good idea for those with known PVCs.

Energy Drinks – These beverages have extremely high levels of caffeine and other stimulants. These are very triggering for anyone who experiences PVCs.

MSG – this flavor enhancing preservative can increase blood pressure in sensitive individuals.

Rich Foods – heavy fat and carbohydrate foods can impact heart palpitations of all forms.

Additional suggestions

Alcohol in excess – Drinking fewer glasses of alcoholic beverages helps your heart health.

Stress and exhaustion – the more worn down you feel the more you bring on and feel PVCs. Take care of yourself physically and emotionally.

Changing up your eating routine can have a drastic impact on your cardiovascular health and wellbeing.  If you are ready to help minimize PVC’s while boosting your health, come talk with us here at Tampa Cardiovascular Associates. 813-975-2800. www.tampacardio.com



Posted by: Tampa Cardio

On: 19/04/2021

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