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Premature Ventricular Contractions

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What are premature ventricular contractions?

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 PVCs can be diagnosed and treated.

What are symptoms of PVCs?

How are PVCs diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will ask if you have a family history of heart problems. You may also need one or more of the following:

How are PVCs treated?

Your treatment will depend on the cause of your PVCs. You may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

Call 911 if:

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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