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Premature Ventricular Contractions

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) are an interruption in your heart rhythm. They are caused by an early signal for your heart to pump. Your risk of PVCs increases when you drink alcohol or caffeine, or if you are fatigued or stressed. It is very important for you to follow up with your healthcare provider so the cause of your PVC can be diagnosed and treated.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

You may need another EKG within the first 10 days and more testing for up to 12 months. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Medicines:

  • Heart medicine may be given to make your heart beat at a regular rate and rhythm.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You still have symptoms after treatment, or your symptoms worsen.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have any of the following signs of a heart attack:
    • Squeezing, pressure, or pain in your chest that lasts longer than 5 minutes or returns
    • Discomfort or pain in your back, neck, jaw, stomach, or arm
    • Trouble breathing
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Lightheadedness or a sudden cold sweat, especially with chest pain or trouble breathing

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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