Premature Ventricular Beats
(Ventricular Premature Beats; Premature Ventricular Contractions; Ventricular Ectopic Beats)
|A beat (contraction) of the lower chambers of the heart.|
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- Physical or emotional stress
- Physical exercise
- Caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs
- Certain medications, especially those that stimulate the heart
- Heart disease:
- African Americans ethnicity
- Heart disease
- Use of caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
- Feeling the heart beating (palpitations)
- Feeling of a skipped or missed heart beat
- Blood tests to evaluate any substances that may cause heart rhythm problems.
- Electrocardiogram (EKG) tests the electrical activity of the heart.
- Holter monitor if the heart rhythm disturbance does not show up on an EKG. This type of monitoring is helpful because it measures heart activity over a longer period of time.
- Echocardiogram —Ultrasound of the heart and surrounding structures.
- If you smoke, talk to your doctor about how you can successfully quit
- If you consume caffeine and/or alcohol, do so in moderation
Heart Rhythm Society http://www.hrsonline.org
Society of Thoracic Surgeons http://www.sts.org
Canadian Cardiovascular Society http://www.ccs.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Premature ventricular complexes (PVC). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated August 27, 2014. Accessed December 29, 2014.
Selzman KA, Gettes LS. Exercise-induced premature ventricular beats: Should we do anything differently? Circulation. 2004;109:2374-2375.
Ventricular premature beats (VPB). The Merck Manual Professional Edition website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/cardiovascular%5Fdisorders/arrhythmias%5Fand%5Fconduction%5Fdisorders/ventricular%5Fpremature%5Fbeats%5Fvpb.html. Updated September 2013. Accessed December 29, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 12/2014 -
- Update Date: 12/20/2014 -
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