Ticker Update: We Got The (Premature) Beat



You may remember, a few weeks ago, I had to wear a heart monitor for a day to find out what's causing my heart palpitations, which I wrote about here.  I got the results this week & found out I have a premature beat, aka premature ventricular contractions (PVCs).  The holter I wore registered 24 of these premature beats in the 24 hours I was wearing it.

According to the Mayo Clinic, PVCs are extra, abnormal heartbeats that begin in one of your heart's two lower pumping chambers, or ventricles.  These extra beats disrupt your regular heart rhythm, sometimes causing you to feel a flip-flop or skipped beat in your chest.  PVCs are very common & occur in most people at some point.

My doctor is not alarmed because my ECG was normal & heart disease doesn't run in my family.  She said a premature beat is super common & thinks mine is due to stress/anxiety.  She again suggested I let her write me a prescription for a low-dose anti-anxiety medication, which I'm considering, & told me to quit my job.

Even though this is clearly something that's common & happens to people all the time without incident, I'm still fairly freaked out.  Mostly because it just ties in to how amazingly crappy this year has been.  Thank you, 2011.

My doctor & I are in agreement that the number one thing that will remedy this situation is me getting a new job.  If you would keep your fingers crossed for me &/or send some positive job energy my way, I would really appreciate it.

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