"Cardiologist told me to stop drinking caffeine, alcohol, and take slow-mag. "
As I've mentioned here previous times, some individuals, who have posted in this forum, and in other forums in the past, said that taking a magnesium supplement (and with their doctor being made aware of this, to avoid possible interactions) alone had helped reduce the number/frequency of their PVCs, and in some cases, eliminated it completely.
"I hope if you suffer from PVCs and have been told how harmless they are but remain frustrated with them because you know how much they worry you, and you are tired of them"
The most common type of palpitations, premature ventricular contractions (PVCs, occurs even in many heart-healthy individuals), described that the heart is flip-flopping, jumping, pausing or stopping briefly (though it's actually not doing that), pounding, skipping, thumping, or strong, hard, or forceful beats being felt in the chest, neck, throat, has various causes (cardiac and non-cardiac) or triggers.
PVCs, are typically harmless/benign, be it isolated (single), couplets (2-in-row), triplets (3-in-a-row) or salvos (short bursts of 3 or more in-a-row), bigeminy (occurring every other beat), trigeminy (occurring every third beat), quadrigeminy (occurring every fourth beat), etc., etc.
However, the main problem or concern (even more so, much more emphasized for those with certain major or serious heart conditions) with PVCs is when sustained ventricular tachycardia (runs of PVCs over 30 seconds) occurs.
Symptoms that may/can occur with PVCs includes none at all or chest pain/discomfort/pressure/tightness, difficulty breathing, lightheadedness or dizziness, and in uncommon to rare cases, near-syncope or syncope (temporary loss of consciousness, includes fainting and passing out).
The stress and excesses of the holidays can tax your cardiac health. Take steps to safeguard your heart as the new year approaches. '
Tis a season of joy. It's also a season of excess. Chances are you'll eat too much, maybe drink too much, stress too much and, in the process, tax your heart to some degree. Combine these excesses with the cold of winter, and you could be setting yourself for cardiac concerns, from irregular heart rhythms to a heart attack.....
In a study, University of Virginia researchers tested 100 individuals two times, once while they perched on a doctor's table, feet dangling, and then again as they sat in a chair with both feet resting on the floor and their back and arms supported.
Systolic BP, the top number, dropped by 13 points on average while sitting in the chair. Why's this? According to study author Melly Turner, RN, if your arm, back, and legs are not supported, then you're exerting energy while being tested.
The prestigious American Heart Association has been recommending the chair method, but harried medical staff often don't employ it. Sit quietly in a proper chair for 5 minutes before having the BP checked, and be sure the arm being used rests on a flat surface.
As ALWAYS, your doctor(s) is/are obligated first and foremost to fully explain the results/findings from any diagnostic test(s). "Bruce Stage 3 Achieved 85% Max. HR"
General info -
US Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health
The Bruce Protocol is the most-widely adopted protocol and has been extensively validated. The protocol has 7 stages, each lasting 3 minutes, resulting in 21 minutes of exercise for a complete test.
In clinical practice, patients rarely exercise for the full duration 21 minutes of the Bruce Protocol, However completion of 9-12 minutes of exercise while reaching 85% of the maximum predicted changes in heart rate is usually satisfactory.
An exercise test should end when diagnostic criteria have been reached or when the patient's symptoms and signs dictate.
Heart info, cardiac tests info, actual diagnostic images
The treadmill is stopped when the patient achieves a target heart rate (this is 85% of the maximal heart rate predicted for the patient's age). However, if the patient is doing extremely well at peak exercise, the treadmill test may be continued further. The test may be stopped prior to achievement of the target heart rate if the patient develops......
The treadmill is then started at a relatively slow "warm-up" speed. The treadmill speed and it's slope or inclination are increased every three minutes according to a preprogrammed protocol (Bruce is the commonest protocol in the USA, but several other protocols are perfectly acceptable). The protocol dictates the precise speed and slope. Each three minute interval is known as a Stage (Stage 1, Stage 2, Stage 3, etc. Thus a patient completing Stage 3 has exercised for 3 x 3 = 9 minutes). ..... http://www.heartsite.com/html/regular_stress.html
As applicable to the patient, some hospitals and medical centers have equipment that is specifically designed to remove (at a controlled and predictable rate, safer than using powerful and dangerous drugs) excess fluid from those who have fluid overload due to congestive heart failure (CHF).
Aquapheresis, a device-based therapy, is intended to remove extra salt and water from the blood and body, using a simple filtration technique.
Aquapheresis Therapy: A Better Way to Treat Fluid Overload
Nothing complicated, just plain and simple AVOID foods high in saturated fat and cholesterol. CHOOSE skim or low-fat milk, low-fat yogurt and reduced-fat cheeses. Eat more fish and poultry. LIMIT servings to five to seven ounces a day. TRIM visible fat. Limit egg yolks. SUBSTITUTE two egg whites for one whole egg or use an egg-substitute. Eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, breads and cereals. USE LESS salt and fat. SEASON WITH herbs and spices rather than with sauces, gravies and butter
Originally posted by Dr. Beckerman
Mediterranean Diet Olive Oil Nuts = Happy Heart
Important new study today that may have you rethink that low fat diet.
Being overweight is just one factor that puts people at risk for heart disease and stroke. A heart-healthy diet can help you lose weight or lower cholesterol, blood pressure, or triglycerides. According to experts who rated the 29 diets listed, the Ornish Diet is the most heart-healthy......
Granted, some individuals have come up with their own or "customized" diet, which works well for them, and that is great.
Good to know, for the primary and secondary prevention of heart attack and brain attack/stroke
Epidemiologic studies (EDS) have revealed risk factors (encompasses some new, novel or emerging) for atherosclerosis, typically affecting the carotid, coronary and peripheral arteries, which includes age, gender, genetics (gene deletion, malfunction or mutation) , diabetes (considered as being the highest risk factor), smoking (includes second and thirdhand), inactivity, obesity (a global epidemic, "globesity"), high blood pressure (hypertension), Low HDL (now questionable, according to recent studies) high LDL, small, dense LDL, RLP (remnant lipoprotein), high Lp(a), high ApoB, high Lp-PLA2, high triglycerides, HDL2b, high homocysteine (now questionable), and high C-reactive protein (CRP/hs-CRP).
"Be a questioning patient. TALK to your DOCTOR questions and ASK QUESTIONS. Studies show that patients who and ASK the mostQUESTIONS, and are most assertive, get the best results. Be vigilant and speak up!"
- Charles Inlander, People's Medical Society
It's your future....be there.
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And while on the subject of smoking in general, male/female, as reported, smoking increases the circulating levels of catecholamines and free fatty acids, which may contribute to the increased level of total cholesterol and decreased levels of high-density lipoprotein ("good" cholesterol) that are found in habitual cigarette smokers.
The effects on platelets may enhance coagulation (blood clotting). There can be accelerated coronary and peripheral vascular disease, and occurrence of a dreaded stroke and complications from hypertension.
The greatest concern is the acceleration or aggravation of cardiovascular disease. Smoking can promote atherosclerotic vascular disease by contributing to high cholesterol, endothelial injury (damaging the sensitive inner lining of the walls of the arteries), or both.
Complications of hypertension are more severe in those who smoke cigarettes. Smoking can also aggravate hypertension by causing vasoconstriction (tightening of the vessels).
After You Quit Smoking - The First 2 Days
Quit Smoking Benefits - the Healing Begins...When you quit smoking, the benefits begin within minutes of your last...
The whole disease is poorly understood in women, from the expression of the symptoms all the way down to some of the basic mechanisms. The disease has a very broad spectrum, and more men are at one side and more women are at the other side.
WOMEN and Coronary Artery Dsease (CAD)
60% of women who die suddenly (sudden cardiac death) from CAD have no previous symptoms. Women are less likely to notice they have a heart problem. Women with heart disease often have symptoms different from men, instead of classic chest pain or pressure (angina pectoris), they may report dyspnea, fatigue, indigestion and anxiety. Making an accurate diagnosis of heart disease in women is often more challenging than it is in men. _ . _
It is reported that many females experience warning signs/symptoms a month or two in advance. In descending order of occurrence, they are unusual tiredness or fatigue, sleep disturbance, dyspnea, indigestion, anxiety, racing heart and weak/heavy arms. During actual heart attacks, symptoms reported in females, in descending order were dyspnea, weakness, unusual fatigue, cold sweat, dizziness, nausea and weak/heavy arms.