Can PVCs Lead to Congestive Heart Failure?

I was quite surprised to run across this study linking premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) to the development of future congestive heart failure. Read more…

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Palpitations During Bowel Movements: Causes, Solutions

Yes, palpitations CAN occur as a result of a bowel movement, and a cardiologist explains why pooping can make you feel as though your heart skipped a beat. “Anything that causes pain or anxiety can Read more...

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PVCs after Eating Not Caused by Food

A cardiologist says that PVCs or heart palpitations after eating are not caused by the food or the physical act of eating. "Blood flow is shunted to the intestine after eating, so we can digest Read more...

Are PVCs Connected to GERD in any Way?

There is probably a link between PVCs and GERD. PVC stands for premature ventricular contraction, and GERD refers to gastroesophageal reflux disease. Are PVCs associated with GERD? "I think they are,” says cardiologist Dr. Pam Marcovitz, Read more...

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Strong Heartbeat Awareness: Causes & Solutions

Dang, there goes that “cardiac awareness” again: You REALLY feel your heart beating, or maybe this goes on for long stretches of time—even though you’re not physically exerting yourself. "Some people are just more aware Read more...

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Can PVCs in a Structurally Normal Heart Mean Danger?

. Are you experiencing premature ventricular contractions but recently underwent an echocardiogram that yielded normal results? "When PVCs occur in people with structurally normal hearts, they are usually considered benign,” explains cardiologist Dr. Pam Marcovitz, Read more...

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Can PVCs Occur Often Enough to Cause Heart Damage?

"When many, many PVCs occur, up to several thousand in 24 hours, the lack of synchronized heartbeat can cause a temporary reduction in the heart’s pumping function,” explains cardiologist Dr. Pam Marcovitz, MD, medical director Read more...

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Do PVCs Make Your Heart Skip a Beat or Is It an Illusion?

When you have PVCs, does your heart literally skip a beat, or does it only seem this way? That “skipped” beat has been known to frighten many people, making them think that a heart attack Read more...

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What to Tell Cardiologist if You’ve Been Passing Out

A cardiologist explains the details you should give your cardiologist if you’ve been blacking out. Have you been blacking out and are planning on seeing a cardiologist? Don’t just tell the doctor, “I’ve been having Read more...

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Can PVCs Cause Early Death?

Just when you’re finally convinced that PVCs are nothing to worry about, a new study comes out linking them to early death and heart failure. UC San Francisco researchers spent over 10 years following over Read more...

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Teen Has Skipped Heartbeat & Breathing Problems

If your teenager has a “skipped” heartbeat and problems breathing, what might this possibly mean? A teen may experience what seems like a skipped heartbeat from anxiety, but trouble with breathing adds a whole new Read more...

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3 PVCs in a Row, but Structurally Normal Heart

Can a run of three PVCs in someone with a structurally normal heart ever mean something concerning? PVC stands for premature ventricular contraction, and some people experience or “feel” three in a row, as in Read more...

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PVCs After Exercise: Forerunner of Heart Attack?

Have you been having PVCs right after you stop exercising, as in, you’ve been running on a treadmill or doing the burpees or pushups, and within seconds of ceasing the activity…you feel the premature ventricular Read more...

Always Feeling Heartbeat in Chest: Benign or Serious?

. A cardiologist explains what it means to often feel your heartbeat in your chest. This doesn’t refer to feeling your heart beating in your chest after you just did 20 squat jumps or ran Read more...

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PVCs: Frequency Per Minute, Hour, Day, Dangers

This is all about premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) as far as frequency and what REALLY matters as far as if they mean harm. For this article I consulted with cardiologist David N. Smith, MD, Novant Read more...

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How Often Do Heart Attacks Come After PVCs?

Do your premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) keep making you think that they mean a heart attack is coming? There are some people for whom, no matter how many premature ventricular contractions they experience, and no Read more...

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Can the Heart Be Damaged by a Fast Resting Pulse?

Is your resting pulse fast and you're worried that this will eventually cause harm to your heart? And can this damage the heart if you're otherwise healthy? For this article I consulted with Dr. Sameer Read more...

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Women’s Heart Disease: Stress, Stiff Heart, High Blood Pressure

. Don't kid yourself: Women's heart disease is very different from men's in more ways than you may be thinking, and that includes the effect that stress has on the heart. Dr. Gordon A. Ewy, MD, Read more...

Chest Pain, Dizziness, Fatigue, Heart Thumps: What Is It?

Here’s a report on the cause and solution to chest pain with dizziness, thumping heartbeat, fatigue and shortness of breath with activity. Have you been suffering lately (or know someone who has) from chest pain, unusual fatigue Read more...

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Heart Palpitations Lasting Daily, Sometimes Hours

What’s going on when heart palpitations persist for hours almost every day? For this article I consulted with Pilar Stevens-Cohen, MD, FACC, Department of Cardiology, South Nassau Communities Hospital. She begins, “Some people use the word Read more...

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