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Treatment for Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs)

Premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) are a type of abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia). They are very common. They can occur in people of all ages from time to time. They usually cause only mild symptoms.

Types of treatment

Most people with PVCs don’t need any treatment. If you are treated for another problem with your heart, your PVCs may decrease. For example, you might take a medicine to lower your blood pressure. This may lower your rate of PVCs.

In some cases, specific treatment may be done to help prevent PVCs. These are used only if you have symptoms from PVCs. Choices include:

  • Medicines called beta-blockers

  • Other medicines to help prevent arrhythmias

  • Catheter ablation, a procedure to destroy the cells in the heart causing the abnormal beats

Living with PVCs

Your healthcare provider may give your more instructions about how to manage your PVCs, such as:

  • Eating a heart-healthy diet

  • Getting enough exercise

  • Maintaining a healthy weight

  • Not consuming too much alcohol or caffeine, which can trigger PVCs

  • Avoiding too much stress and fatigue, which can also trigger PVCs

  • Getting treatment for your other health conditions, such as high blood pressure

  • Making sure to keep all your medical appointments

When to call your healthcare provider

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these:

  • Symptoms that get worse over time

  • Severe symptoms such as chest pain, near-fainting, or sudden shortness of breath

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