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Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs)

Also known as PVCs, Premature Ventricular Beats, Ventricular Ectopics, Ventricular Extrasystole, and Ventricular Ectopic Beat

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Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with premature ventricular contractions (pvcs), 73% report having palpitations, 59% report having irregular heartbeat, and 40% report having sharp chest pain. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of premature ventricular contractions (pvcs) are palpitations, irregular heartbeat, increased heart rate, and back cramps or spasms, although you may still have premature ventricular contractions (pvcs) without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with premature ventricular contractions (pvcs) often receive electrocardiogram, radiographic imaging procedure, complete blood count, ultrasonography, echocardiography, kidney function tests, cardiac monitoring and cardiac enzymes measurement .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with premature ventricular contractions (pvcs) include flecainide, amlodipine / atorvastatin, modafinil (provigil), nystatin, estazolam, trospium (sanctura), piperonyl butoxide-pyrethrins topical, magnesium chloride, methylcellulose (citrucel), guar gum, dipyridamole, amlodipine / olmesartan and bicalutamide (casodex) .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for premature ventricular contractions (pvcs) include age 75+ years age 60-74 years. On the other hand, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years almost never get premature ventricular contractions (pvcs).

Age

< 1 years
0.0x
1-4 years
0.0x
5-14 years
0.4x
15-29 years
0.5x
30-44 years
0.8x
45-59 years
1.2x
60-74 years
2.2x
75+ years
1.8x

Sex

Male
0.9x
Female
1.1x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.5x
Hispanic
0.7x
White
1.2x
Other
0.6x
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