6 Natural Ways to Stop PVCs (Premature Ventricular Contractions)

By Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.N., C.N.S., C.B.T.

In my days of active practice, one of the most common consultations I used to have was with patients who came in because they didn’t feel like their hearts were beating properly anymore. Some described skipped beats. Others, flutter and flip-flop sensations.

Almost all of these patients were suffering from a common type of arrhythmia called premature ventricular contractions, or PVCs.

Most people, including myself, experience PVCs at some point in their lives—and in most cases, PVCs are completely benign. Still, that doesn’t stop them from being a source of tremendous fear and anxiety.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help minimize or even stop PVCs. Here’s how I would approach the problem.

What to Do if You Think PVCs May Be Your Problem

Even though most PVCs turn out to be harmless, it’s always best to have your symptoms checked out. Under certain circumstances, PVCs do have the potential to cause potentially lethal ventricular tachycardias—so it’s important for you to know if you have that risk.

The first thing you can expect your doctor to do is ask you to wear a Holter monitor for 24 hours to see how frequent your PVCs are. You’ll probably also be asked to keep a journal of what you do over that time, so your doctor can see if there are any specific activities or type of events (an argument, maybe) that cause the PVCs to flare up.

It’s also likely that you’ll be asked to have an echocardiogram so your doctor can look at the size and shape of your heart and assess how well the valves are functioning. If those things all look normal—and you have no other underlying disease—you’ll probably be given a clean bill of health.

6 Ways You Can Stop or Reduce PVCs

Even though it’s reassuring to hear a cardiologist say your heart is fine, PVCs can still be bothersome. Here are some of the things I’ve found effective for calming and rebalancing the body and heart, and stopping these unwanted beats.

Clean up your diet.

The first thing you should do is get rid of the Unholy Trinity of sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. Alcohol, especially, has a well-documented connection with arrhythmias, and sugar and caffeine are both stimulants that get the heart going, as opposed to helping it relax. All of these can aggravate PVCs.

Second, give up processed and packaged foods, which are full of preservatives and flavor enhancers like monosodium glutamate (MSG). These also can trigger PVCs. Instead, focus on nutrient-rich, high-vibrational whole foods—and go organic if you can, to avoid exposure to pesticide residues. (Find out which foods are most essential to buy organic.)

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Keep a food diary.

Writing down what you eat and how your PVCs feel for the hours afterward can also be a useful tool. If you find that you’re sensitive to spicy foods, for example, you may benefit from toning down your meal planning.

Take a break from your electronic devices.

As much as we love our smart phones, tablets, and other electronic devices, the EMF they emit can affect the heart rhythm and supercharge the part of our brain that controls the fight-or-flight response. This makes them a potential trigger for PVCs.

I know that reducing EMF exposure in this day and age is a big ask, so simply do the best you can. Keep calls short, and use speakerphone if appropriate. Most of all, remove any electronics from your bedroom—especially cordless phones and baby monitors.

Put your bare feet on the ground.

Earthing is a fantastic way to treat PVCs because it rebalances the autonomic nervous system. This helps calm the fight-or-flight response, which has a soothing effect on the heart. It also helps reduce cortisol levelswhich further relaxes and balances the body’s natural rhythms.

Make sure your heart is adequately nourished.

If you’re open to trying nutritional supplements as a way to reduce or stop your PVCs, many people have good luck with CoQ10, fish oil, and magnesiumThe anti-inflammatory properties of fish oil have an overall calming effect on the cardiovascular system, while CoQ10 and magnesium support energy production. Magnesium also plays a crucial role in regulating the heartbeat.

Look inside for unexpressed or unacknowledged emotions.

Finally, spend some quiet time with yourself, reflecting on whether you’re living in a way that’s true to who you are. Oftentimes, a benign problem like PVCs isn’t so much a problem as it is a message from your intuition that you’re falling out of alignment with what you really want and need in life. Recognizing those issues and giving them a voice can not only help stop PVCs, but help prevent much larger problems down the road.

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  1. Pamela s H.

    on August 3, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Thank you soooo much,I just found out I have pvc,and it really scared me

  2. Ali

    on August 14, 2017 at 7:46 am

    I found out about a year and a half ago and I’m still trying to get it under control.
    For me nighttime is rough because it’s an effort to slow them down. I feel like I’m going to have a heartattack or something and they actually make me feel sick to my stomach.
    Also, stress is a big trigger for me. When on vacation etc I’m more relaxed. When something stresses me out I feel them alot more.
    I’m still researching PVC and am figuring out how to live with them.
    I would recommend routine visits to a cardiologist as I do.. my next one is in November.

  3. Kristy Dixon

    on August 19, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Hey to you both. I have had PVCs for years now and im 33 years old. Ive had them since I was 22 years old. The only thing I have found that triggers mine are sodas and stress. I had cut all of this out and only had a PVC few times a month. Here lately i have been drinking tea and coke and they are coming 10 xs a day. Try cutting out caffiene and do not over eat and see how that goes. I know it is scary because they still scare me at times but if your heart has checked out good then i would life style change and see how it goes.

  4. Michelle Goza

    on August 29, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I recently was diagnosed as well with PVC’s. I had for 10 years been told I had MVP, which was incorrect. I was treated with a beta blocker. This has made my conditions worse. I had been seeking some natural supplements to help myself and finally found this website, which is positive and offers aid. One question I do have is what affect white noise in the office has on PVC’s. I was recently moved to a floor with the white noise and my condition worsened.

  5. HeartMD Editor

    on September 12, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Hi Michelle,

    White noise can be a stimulant that adversely affects heart rate variability (HRV). Anything that accelerates HRV needs to be curtailed. You might want to consider trying Grounding/Earthing as it helps to support healthy HRV. You can learn more about it here.

  6. Clare C.

    on September 21, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    I am 80 and just found out I have PVC’s. I got arrhythmia 5 yrs ago then 2 weeks ago. When. Poor pressure gets too high I get P C. I thought sugar might be causing this. I had cheesecake that day and a Reeses egg. I watch sweets now. I am a good weight and walk everyday. Because my age I have to take blood thinner. I’m going to add fish oil and magnesium like article advised.

  7. Hattie G.

    on September 29, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    I have PVC , I found that when I am stressed I feel so bad, alcohol do to.I have learn a lot when I went on Internet.

  8. Patricia Hill

    on October 12, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    Will this help a-fib?

  9. Connie

    on October 12, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    This is not the same as A-fib then?Blood thinner required for that?

  10. Alan Eckert

    on October 12, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    My PVC’s were from a lack of potassium, so I ramped up my potassium and bye, bye PVC’s!!!

    Here is where I first looked into the issue and he is correct as I followed his lead and my results were the same as his.

    http://www.curepvcs.com/Discussions/Thread0019920000.aspx

  11. Carol Bright

    on October 12, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    To Clare C – don’t take much fish oil if you’re already on blood thinner. Check with your doctor first.

  12. Betty D.

    on October 12, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    I have been on blood thinners for over three years, due to a strke and permanent AFIB. Is it the same as PVC, and would the magnesium and fish oil interfere with the blood thinner? I am 70.

  13. Lucinda M.

    on October 12, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    My situation was getting out of hand as I got older. I began to research the best doctors, including Dr. Sinatra, and got wisdom from each. My incidents went down to nothing. First of all, eliminate sugar, caffeine, alcohol. If you drink at all, be hydrated. Eat a healthy diet, mostly plant based, though I still have wild salmon, grass_fed beef, some chicken. Eat organic. Try Dr. Hyman’s ‘pegan diet.’ Here are the supplements I take that have reduced my PVC’s to nothing. 2-3 g (high DHA) fish oil, L-Carnitine 2x a day, taurine 2x a day, CoQ10 daily, magnesium at least 400 mg a day (citrate, and glycinate). It takes almost two months for it to fully kick in. Remember, these are not drugs but a natural way to beat it. It works so well you will be thanking God!

  14. Elaine

    on October 12, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    Is a transthoracic echo with bubble study a safe test?

  15. HeartMD Editor

    on October 13, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Elaine,

    A transthoracic echo with a bubble study is a mildly invasive test and should not have complications. It offers more info than a standard echocardiogram. Be sure to discuss all the risks and benefits with your doctor.

  16. Diane T

    on October 13, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Hi,
    I’m 55 have MVP and have been treated with atenelol for 30 years and felt great until about 3 years ago and now get skipped beats first thing in AM then they ease off until later in the afternoon and evening… they start coming back about 3 pm everyday and last into the evening. They come like clockwork…what could this be? I’m taking magnesium and multivitamin. I do have some digestive issues as well…could this be adrenal related? If so, what to do?
    Thanks for your help!

  17. Tom Gordon

    on October 13, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    How about nattokinaise instead of baby aspirin as a blood thinner ?

  18. Cindy

    on October 15, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Lucinda M.

    What dosages of L-carnitine and taurine do you take?

  19. Mercy S.

    on October 26, 2017 at 4:28 am

    Hi Im Mercy 22 of age last May I am diagnose with PVCs and really bothers me so much . my cardiologist advice to look for an electrophysiology and after that my doctor gave me beta blockers but has no effect with my PVCs then she gave me calcium channel blocker my PVCs has progress but still I have bigeminy and then we tried tambucor and my Bigemy became trigeminy and quadrigeminy together with this medication I take fish oil and eliminate in my diet my triggers which is caffeine, sugar, and food that has MSG.

  20. joe

    on October 28, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    My PVCS come and go which drives me crazy. I can be fine for hours and at times days and all of a sudden wham! They start. But its weird because they will not last that long. If i get them my remedy is to move from position or stand up. Doing some sort of physical activity will make them go away. I wish I knew what caused them. Has anyone taking or done something to make them go away?

  21. HeartMD Editor

    on November 6, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Hi Mercy,
    It’s a good idea to omit caffeine sugar and any foods that trigger PVCs. Try to connect with mother earth and ground as much as possible by walking barefoot on the grass, beach or concrete. You can learn more about Earthing here. Sometimes simple things like avoidance of certain foods, reduction in emotional turmoil, and Earthing has helped some of Dr. Sinatra’s patients. If your echo cardiogram is normal and there is no disease or pathology in the heart having PVCs can be a normal situation.

  22. Ed

    on November 8, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    With each monitor my PVC’s increase, yet I have no physical symptoms. But I am now stressed as the numbers go up.

  23. HeartMD Editor

    on November 13, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Hi Tom,

    Nattokinase and lumbrokinase are options for natural blood thinning that you should discuss with your doctor. Dr. Sinatra discusses these supplements in his book: Reverse Heart Disease Now.

  24. Agnes Ivanovics

    on November 25, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Hi Lucinda
    Please tell me how much taurine and carnitin do you take?? My husband have PVC all the time.
    I am desperately looking for solution.
    Agnes

  25. Taiwo

    on December 6, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    I discovered I have pvc since I was a like 11 or 12, I started observing when I clocked 15years old and now I am 28, I have been living with this flip flops almost all my life, comes and goes, when it comes, I feel like it’s over am gone, and the next hour am alrght, sometimes it happens sharp, twice or thrice a day that I really feel afraid, sometimes it flutters softly, truth is, I have not been monitoring my intake yet, I eat anything and drink alcohol and smoke occasionally, well I sometimes forget I have them, and sometimes I get them every day, when I relax take suppliments eat good and laugh, I hardly have them, but when I go through daily stress, emotionally mentally and physically, it really troubles me, I try to stay out of stress, I take no drugs for it. Only regular suppliments, I think I’ll try fish oil and better blockers and observe… I haven’t been to the hospital and I didn’t tell any of my family I have PVC, it’s been my Greatest secret.

  26. Bill

    on December 20, 2017 at 4:43 am

    How do you fall asleep with these PVC’s? WOW! Have had the 35+ yrs and all was fine until my doctor (new doctor) decides my meds should be 1x a day 50 mg instead of 2x a day 25mg as prescribed by my heart doctor 35 yrs ago. What a mistake! This happened once before and I forgot about that and it took several months to get it all back under control, and by under control I mean NO PVC’s at least none I can feel. So now I stay awake for days which makes it all worse its terrible ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE, like now its 4:45 am no sleep tonight,,,, I fell for all with this horrible condition!!!

  27. Rachel sanmarco

    on January 23, 2018 at 11:16 am

    I am 53 and i believe im starting to go thru peri menopause….2 weeks ago i started to feel a flutter in my throat which i thought was nothing and didnt worry about. Thought it might be my thyroid Palpating as i i take synthroid. But when it continued into the next day and the and now it’s been 2 weeks. They occur at different times…when im resting or active, i am a dancer and group fitness instructor. So i am continually elevating my HR…but my hr and bloodpressure are excellent. I thought it might be hormone related but my doctor immediately shut that down. I had blood work done and wore a holter monitor for 24 hours. So far nothing indicating anything structural….but its continued and gotten a little worse. Now instead of the flutter in my throat i actually feel it in the heart muscle like its flipping or clenching. I also have an immediate feeling of fear and a rush like flight flight symptom. I also had 3 (nsvt) in a row. Im scared. Dont know what to do or whete to find answers….my Dr. Is not giving me any answers and seems completely unconcerned….i want to move forward with all the tests to rule out structural issues. If all comes back clear should i pursue a hormone panel and endocrinologist? I cant continue on like this with no answers especially in my line of work. I dont consume any caffeine alcohol or sugared foods. Please any help suggestions from the Dr. Anyone will be greatly appreciated.

  28. John G.

    on February 5, 2018 at 8:10 am

    I have a Shatzki’s ring which causes me to have problems belching, etc. I’ve found that trapped gas aggravates my pvc’s and they subside when I belch. Also, changing position when lying down helps.

  29. mick b.

    on February 22, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    For everyone concerned about PVC’s…. I am 63 years old and have had PVC’s since my late 20’s. My father also has them, he is alive and well and 85! Here’s what I’ve learned.
    1) They will occur at anytime and anywhere. Trying to determine the actual cause is futile.
    2) If you want to ‘limit’ them, get some exercise, limit your caffeine and Alcohol, and try to stop stressing about it.
    3) If you are really concerned, get your heart stress tested and ensure there are no underlying issues. If there are none, try not to worry about them. They will occur, but they ARE benign.
    4) Get a physical EVERY year to ensure there continues to be no underlying issues. If none, you are fine.
    I will say they have always bothered me and sometimes really does give you a sense of doom. But if you are otherwise healthy, they are just a part of your life and try not to stress about them. You will limit them if you take some of my advice. Sometimes I don’t have them for days, other days I have 3 -4 PVC’s a day (usually from lack of exercise, caffience, or alcohol related I’ve found). Good Luck!

  30. Mary Greer

    on March 5, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    I am 74 years old. I have AFIB , PVC’s and PAC’s. Two weeks ago I was in ER and then admitted for observation. During the hour that I was having my oxygen measured, it went below 90 three times. I ask the ER Dr why is my oxygen level dropping and he said good question. I am on Sotalol 120 mg twice a day, Eliquis 5 mg twice a day Furosemide 40 mg once a day, losartan potassium 100 mg once a day, amlodipine once a day. potassium CL 10 MEG, twice a day and Cartia XT 120 mg once a day. I have had an irregular heart since my early 20’s. I have had one ablation for the sinus node. Dr wants to do an ablation for afib, but it will be a 6 hour procedure because of my enlarged heart. I have more of the PVC and PAC in the afternoon and night. I take my heart medicine in the morning and I think it wears off by afternoon. I know I have over 3 PVC and PAC a minute. Dr says it won’t kill me, but I was having a lot of them and I went into AFIB with RVR. I feel like they triggered it. Can you give me any suggestions? I am thinking about trying Magnesium.

  31. Donna

    on March 5, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Omg, I have about 10per minute. I had a stress test and at one point I had 2 in a row . All labs are good and I do take levothyroxine with all thyroid tests results wnl. Right now I take no other meds. I drink one cup of coffee daily now. I am trying to get rid of all caffeine. Today I am resting and I have never had so many PVC’s. Waiting to see cardiologist and I am kind of nervous today. I am 64. Maybe just discussing with others will help relieve some f my anxiety!

  32. MHShah

    on March 8, 2018 at 6:27 am

    This is very informative site. People’s experiences provide a lot of real information. I have PVCs at age of 61 years which scares but now I think might having these PVCs long ago when was quite young but at that time no awareness. I was taking Anderal beta blocker some 25 years ago with other medicines for anxiety etc. Now after having high bp started Anderal with other high bp medicines which lowered bp as well as heart rate to 50 – 51 pulse in a minutes. I tried to withdraw from Inderal but it was quite difficult and killing myself but finally I came out from Inderal after taking other anxiety medicines like Paroxa 20mg. Now on this PVC when doctors suggest to take Inderal. I scare and ask them for medicones.but not a beta blocker bcz these doctors give beta blockers first and when heart rate slows down they ask to stop or lower the dose but they are totally unaware that how much is difficult withdrawing from Inderal.

    I think the best way to control PVCs be naturally and share experiences so people can benefit bcz parient is the best narrater and doctors shpuld believe.

  33. HeartMD Editor

    on March 8, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us!

  34. Samantha J.

    on March 11, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Hello Everyone, I’m 34 years of age and just staring experiencing pvc’s about 6 months ago, when I decreased my anti anxiety medication. They are a nightmare! I have had the halti & event monitor, both registered the pvc’s. They sometimes last for hours, and then other times nothing for weeks, I am really afraid I will have a heart attack. I have two young son’s and I’m constantly worried I’m going to drop dead. I have researched, and I have gone to my doctor but still, it is just such a horrible feeling, I’m sorry to all who experience this. Take care

  35. Jenn

    on March 31, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    PVC’s ARE NOT BENIGN when they cross a threshold in terms of percentage of total beats in a day. if you have a heavy burden of PVC’s it can contribute to heart failure. Get your PVC’s checked out, and make sure it’s by a cardiologist who takes them seriously and doesn’t just offer you reassurance and medicine.

  36. HeartMD Editor

    on April 12, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Dear Mary,

    Continue to work with your cardiologist as ablation could be a solution. On a positive note, taking magnesium may also help as it can have a nice calming effect on cardiac arrhythmia.

  37. Werner L.

    on April 30, 2018 at 10:46 am

    I’m suffering from pvc .My doctor put me on tenor in a beta blocker . Doesn’t seem to help much. I’m 68 years old. any advice?

  38. Hazel

    on May 5, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Samantha, I also developed Pca Pvc in my early 30 with 3 small children , and like you I was also worried that i would have a heart attack and die , I am now 63 and still alive and yes i still have them not as bad as i did when i was 30 , but yes still have them and yes they still do scare me but i try to work through them and yes i had every test you can think of and see an arrhythmia doctor every 6 month to a year they have me on a beta blocker and xanax a low dose which help I also take magnesium , fish oil and CoQ10 they work wonders , if you or anyone would like to talk my email is [email protected] just put in the subject line PVC and i will do my very best to answer you as quick as I can , I think with this we all need each other to get through ,,Gid Bless Hazel

  39. Tom

    on May 12, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Mine came on suddenly back in 2006 – I was sitting at my desk and it just felt like the wind was being taken away, no pain, no dizziness, but i noticed something was a off and it felt likeIt had to do with my breathing and lungs on my breathing. Obviously at that point I’m starting to panic because I have no idea what’s going on. I call the doctor right away went in and was diagnosed anxiety. I wasn’t sure that was it, i’m pretty laid back and calm, but I guess it could have been internal emotions. After about 6 months I was still having them. I thought it might also be exercised induced ( I do play racquetball competitively) but that didn’t “make” the PVC’s happen with any regularity. I realized I should see a cardiologist but that scared me even more but I did. They ran every test Imaginable except for an angiogram. I did have a 3-D image taken with nothing evident that there were any blockages things seemed to be fine . Yes, that was a relief but it didn’t help. It’s frustrating and discouraging bcuz you know something’s going on but no one can find anything. They put me on some beta blockers and a combination of anxiety medication – all extremely low dose. I do have weight issues, I’ve always been athletic but my weight is way too high (i realize that might be the culprit as well). in 2010 I had the lap band surgery to lose weight, I dropped about 100 pounds and felt great. At the time of the surgery, they found I had a hiatal hernia and they said it was pretty bad, they patched it up during the surgery and I’ve got to say, the PVC went down to a bare minimum. This was right after the surgery, they seemed to have disappeared. This lasted for about 6 or 7 years with very minimal PVC’s but I started to slowly gain some (not all) of the weight back. I’ve had a couple of doctors kind of agree with me that could have contributed to the PVC’s but there’s no proof that the hernia along with the weight was the cause. As of a week or two ago, i’m starting to feel what i would describe as a “harder” beat, it doesn’t feel like a skipped beat, just more intense. because this feels different, the fear sets in again. These episodes seem to occur when my body feels cold, but not sure, they seem to happen when i’m awake or in a light sleep (probably cuz i’m thinking about them too much). As others have said before me, these posts are comforting knowing that most of you or many of you have had these issues for a very long time. For me it’s been about 12 years and that feels like a very long time to me, but some of you have had them much longer than I have. I do like the stress free approach, although it’s very easy to say “be stress free” it’s a lot harder to make happen. I appreciate all your experiences and sharing, it does help calm me. Now I’ve got to go back and lose the weight again. Good luck to all of you and God Bless!

  40. Bess

    on May 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    Hi there!
    Was diagnosed with PVCs 9 years ago when I was in hormonal flux between giving birth / weaning child / starting menstruation again. Cardiologist and Endocrinologist said I checked out. Just something to “get use to”. Over the past 9 years they have come back intermittently, but not really bad until 3 months ago. Now they are CONSTANT to the point I am exhausted and my chest actually hurts. Doctor still says “normal” due to blood work. Here’s the deal – I am close to hitting menopause (peri) so maybe mine IS hormone related, even though blood work came back normal? My neck seems fuller recently. . . .

    Opinions on pushing back that it doesn’t feel “normal”?

    48 yrs old. Female. Previous smoker. Light social drinker. Very active. Mostly organic food.

  41. Phyllis B.

    on May 23, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Have pvc feel hot nervous what am i suppose to do when i get like that

  42. Libor H.

    on June 1, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    When it comes to arrythmias no one looks at the spine and chest muscles. I finally fixed my pvcs after 2year I suffered from them. I did ask my cardiologist if it couldn’t come from blocked T3 and T4 cervicals. She replied harshly “NO”. But my back still did hurt a bit in that area. And I kept noticing, that my PVCs would get more frequent when I was sitting at my computer. So I started to to rehabilitate and stretch and stretch. Finally PVCs are now gone (summer came, so I’m much more working manually outside). Reccomend everyone with PVCs to get some chiropractor to check them out and work on stretching of the thoratic spine segment. Magnesium helps big times as it relaxes muscles. But the best thing is to move, work on the garden, go out walking as much as possible. Hope it helps.

  43. HeartMD Editor

    on June 2, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Hi Libor, Thanks for your great insight! We’re glad you had PVC success with spinal care and exercise! For others who may be wondering about this, we have a related article you might like at https://heartmdinstitute.com/health-and-wellness/unexplained-symptoms-chiropractic-may-help/. Lots of things can go wrong with the body when the spine is misaligned – for example, blood pressure can temporarily go up. It’s so crucial to keep energy moving throughout the body!

  44. Hacjtovic

    on June 4, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    I have tracked my PVCs by keeping record of everything. This is how I stopped them: First, STOP salting your food and use an alternative to salt. For example Sumak is a good spice to use because it provides salty, lemony taste without the harmful effects. Salt raises my blood pressure, and contributes to PVCs. I STOPPED drinking alcohol completely. I switched to a vegan diet with Salmon fish 4 times a month. I bike or walk for 30-60 minutes daily. I drink 5-8 16oz of bottled water each day. I stopped eating processed foods, junk foods, sugars, candy, etc. I buy dates from an ethnic store. I purchase the 11 pounds California dates, and I eat 7 dates each morning on empty stomach. Dates are rich in fibers and minerals and the sugar in them is healthy for your body. Seven seems like a magic number. I buy the best olive oil brands in the market. I tried every olive oil brand, and the best I found is Turkish, Tunisian, and Spanish olive oil. They have strong olive taste, and extremely rich in nutrients. I eat olive oil with my salads, as well as dip the dried dates in olive oil before eating them. I meditate as much as possible. meditation is magical. When I exercise,I do not over work myself out. Instead I take the time to build the workout and enjoy it. Biking is the best workout activity because I can travel from town to town and enjoy it without stressing myself out. When I feel a PVC once in a blue moon, I learnt to ignore it, and distract myself from it. I immediately change my position, get up, go for a walk, breath in better, and it goes away. Since I began to do everything I mentioned, I hardly experience PVCs.

  45. HeartMD Editor

    on June 4, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    That’s wonderful that you were able to stop your PVCs through natural lifestyle approaches – keep it up! Dr. Sinatra is also a huge fan of olive oil, for all the health benefits it offers (see https://heartmdinstitute.com/diet-nutrition/whats-powerful-polyphenols/). He prefers California olive oil to olive oils from Europe though, and offers a line of cold-pressed flavored olive oils at https://vervana.com/product-category/olive-oils/ (organic EVOO coming soon).

  46. Carol B.

    on June 29, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    I am beside myself. I started having pvc’s about two weeks ago and they seemed to get worse as the days went on. I will try to walk around or do a small chore and I get that “skipping” in my chest and get very light headed and dizzy like I’m going to fall. I went to the er and they did an ekg like 30 seconds, a chest xray, and some type of blood work and saw the “palpitations” and called my cardiologist to see if they should keep me. He said no and had me come in the next day and wear a monitor. I had a few “attacks” where it came on strong and I felt like I was going to collapse and the skipping were more and more. I was so upset I called the drs. office and asked if they were seeing all that was happening to me and he had the dr check the uploading and said all they saw were pcv’s. I cried out and what am I supposed to do if you don’t see anything but pcv’s. You might go to the er again. I’m so worried I’m going to have something happen like a stroke or something. Apparently, I am not getting enough oxygen or blood to my head with all of this. I have had them very rarely in the past but not this horrific. I will take an ativan at night so I can sleep. What is the best thing to do? My bp was fluctuating and my glucose fluctuated too. Right now that all is normal except for this horrible skipping and light headedness.

  47. Tina

    on July 4, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Jenn,
    I respect your commit but I also respect a cardiologist and a ER docs opinion. Yes I agree with having your heart checked out but I am sure now everyone on here now has double the anxiety. What is your experience with PVCs?

  48. Clement C.

    on July 10, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Pace Maker implanted due to low pulse rate (32) . Pulse set at 60 then increase to 70. Think I felt better at 60. Taking 20 mg of Lisinopril twice a day for high BP and Coreg 3.125 mg x2 in am and x 2 in pm for PVC’s. Experiencing low BP in mid-day and evenings ( 88-56, 72-43, 89-57) resulting in feeling tired, falling asleep, dizzy and low energy. Reduced Lisinopril to 20 mg once a day two weeks ago has not increased my BP at all. Think coreg (carvedilol) is the the main cause of low BP and feeling bad. Felt great after Pace maker implanted but now feel that if this is what it takes to eliminate or lower incidences of PVC’s with Carvedilol is not worth it. Will try to treat with natural ways to control PVC’s.
    Clem

  49. HeartMD Editor

    on July 11, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Hi Carol B.

    If your doctors have not already performed them, an EKG and echocardiogram would be advisable to be sure everything is ok. You may benefit from targeted nutrients such as omega 3s from fish or squid oil. Please see this article for more information – Types of Arrhythmias Also, before starting any supplements, please discuss them with your doctor. If you are not feeling assured of your diagnosis, perhaps you should seek out a second opinion. Also be sure to minimize stress as much as possible because this can exacerbate your condition, as can alcohol consumption and excess sugar intake.

  50. Garry K.

    on July 13, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    At 72, I have had PVCs for 30 years. The events correlated with high stress events at work. When stressed the body creates adrenalin, a stimulant. The interesting thing about adrenalin is that it is not consumed in doing its job. Over time adrenalin is slowly neutralized by calcium released from your bones. In my case, I can prevent PVCs by taking 1000 mg calcium a day.

  51. Paul C.

    on August 5, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    I enjoyed the article, and will try hard to keep a food journal.

    Is there a dedicated forum for people who suffer from PVCs and PACs? There’s so much anxiety and fear that come with these conditions, and those feelings may go beyond the care your cardiologist provides. I like my heart doctor, but he does just tell me to put it out of my mind. Easier said than done sometimes. It helps a lot to hear about other people’s experiences with heart issues and to know that I’m not the only one experiencing them.

    As for me, it’s clear my (daily) PVC and PACs do have some triggers, but sometimes I’m not sure if I can explain why they are happening or why they aren’t happening. Again, enjoyed the article and the posts from people talking about their experiences.

  52. Julie RD

    on August 7, 2018 at 12:57 am

    Hi, I’ve been dealing with this since April this year, 2018. Sudden onset, unprovoked & haven’t quit since! It’s driving me mad…. took ages to get into cardiology office, then waited for Echo& holter. I’m in & out of bi-geminy, tri-geminy & quadri-geminy . It’s soooooooo annoying. Initially I was told “it’s your age”. I dislike this attitude… yes, it may play a part , but it’s NEVER the only reason. I have a hypertension history since my early 30’s (genetics) & was well maintained on Norvasc 5mg daily, until last November … bp elevated for some reason so we added lisinopril 10mg daily & increased the norvasc to 10 mg. But April this year was the start of this journey…. I absolutely hate how I feel. Currently we’re now adjusting my meds … changed to a beta blocker Coreg 6.25mg BID , now changed to 3.125 BID as it had lowered by heart rate down to 44/min….yikes! And I’m back with the lisinopril as well, nothing is getting better. Holter showed 9% of the time I was having PVC’S…. if meds dint work I may need an ablation. …. that said, I’ll try the OTC meds suggested (I’m on magnesium already)…just hoping I get some relief… it’s hard to work feeling like this.

  53. Helga low

    on August 7, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Glad I found this site. I guess the saying is true “misery loves company. When comfortable I will tell my story

  54. BarbS

    on August 9, 2018 at 8:34 am

    Hi! I am so glad I found this website. Short version, diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder 25 years ago when I experienced PVCs for the first time. I was 30 years old then. When I would have one, I would stop what I was doing and take deep breaths and meditate to calm my mind. Obviously that helped as over the years PVCs would only happen maybe 1-2 times per year if I had a stressful day. But meditating really helped me calm myself. I can say over the last 5 years, I have not had any PVCs. Then last Thursday, Aug 2nd, they started again for no apparent reason. And they came in swinging! Went to ER on Aug 7 when PVCs came with shortness of breath, nausea, and feeling dizzy. All the tests were done; all came back normal. Cardiac enzymes, potassium, liver, kidney, everything normal. No blood clots, chest X-ray normal. Went home with a prescription for Ativan (1 mg) which basically makes one comatose! Have Xanax at home and take only as needed for non-PVC related anxiety. Went to nurse practitioner to follow up and all I keep hearing is anxiety, anxiety, anxiety. I am sick of hearing this. I have a PhD in psychology and specialize in stress management and anxiety disorders. I do everything under the sun to manage stress. Although will start taking fish oil because you all seem to like the effect it has on your PVCs. I am in excellent health. It is hardest for me when I sleep as I can hear my heart beating in my left ear (allergies). Today is Aug 9th, still having regular PVCs every minute. Heart work up is next. Have appointment with heart doctor next week. This cannot be normal to have these come out of nowhere after five years. Tired of the medical response of ANXIETY!!! Is it possible it is anxiety? Maybe I’m trying too hard to figure this all out but I am scared. Might be menopause related (55 now); I don’t care I just want medical folks to find out what is going on. I will try the earthing. Sounds very relaxing and I don’t like wearing shoes anyway 🙂

  55. johnh

    on August 12, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    I have about 31,000 pvcs in a day. I’m 73 and exercise every three days for about 30 min. I tried most of the items mentioned in these articles and nothing works long term. However, if I start breathing deep, the PVCs seem to stop . As long as I continue to breathe deep , I don’t have but a very few pvcs. Wish I knew why. If anyone knows the answer, let me know. Thanks

  56. Joan

    on September 2, 2018 at 8:17 pm

    Hi all—Had rapid, hard heartbeats for the past 6 weeks. THey were causing so much anxiety and depression for me. I’m 50 and it’s important to note that I have sleep apnea, and I have never worn my CPAP machine–my bad. My PC confirmed it was PVC’s, and the in-office EKG picked up the skipped heartbeats. So off to get a stress test, which I passed, got fitted for the 24-hour Holter Monitor–waiting on the results. I will say this–after reading everyone’s post, I decided to start walking on the treadmill. I dusted it off and walked on it everyday for 10 minutes eventually getting up to 20 minutes. That’s not much but the PVC’s have stopped completely. The stress test did not pick up any skips, flutterings, etc. I feel so much better but again, waiting for the Holter Monitor results because occasionally I do feel a fluttering in my chest.

  57. Edna T.

    on October 8, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    I’m 81 and was diagnosed with PVC’s while doing a sleep study for sleep apnea. I have had sleep apnea for 12 years but one was required this year because I changed sleep doctors. I faithfully use my CPAP every night. I exercise 2 days a week with Silver Sneakers which is mostly stretching and not extreme by any means. I have appt with cardiologist in 2 weeks. I have had high blood pressure for many years and it is controlled with atenelol, lorsartan and amlodipine. I seldom have PVC maybe once a day but feel anxious in the mornings and wondering if this is PVC though I don’t feel anything
    . I have been reading that magnessium 400 is good to take but should I take it along with these medications?

  58. Laurie

    on October 14, 2018 at 9:07 am

    I have been suffering with pvc for over 20 years . I am 52 now and I go to a cardiologist every year just to be sure it’s still nothing for me to worry about , I must say that after the cardiologist visits I have my piece of mind back and I find that I worry less about the fluttering in my chest . I HATE the pvc they are Very distressing and bring me down ? By keeping a journal I found that I get them more when I am going to ovulate or when my period is about to begin, I also find that during these time I am much more sensitive to stress and have a mild panic attack or anxiety attacks from the actual result of the palpitations and then realize that I am not breathing correctly I found out that I tend to hold my breath when I’m stressed which I never realize till I’m experiencing heart flutters or panic/ anxiety. so I take a moment to breath right ( about 10 belly breaths for about 8 seconds in and 8 seconds to exhale) for me, this is very hard to do which makes me realize I was not breathing correctly. Also when I exercise I feel amazing and my heart feels better . I Am not overweight and I have energy
    It is very hard to get motivated and exercise , but when I do I feel amazing! I don’t drink coffee or soda and
    Now I am also learning that certain foods also trigger more PVC , so I’m trying now to figure which foods are affecting me , (I already found that MY FAVORITES FOODS sugar,rice,wine, chocolate and maybe eggs are triggers for me because I notice changes in my heart after I eat these foods… I am sharing this because all of you have shared and it is so helpful to hear from others that are suffering with this because it SUCKs, but it’s good to know that we are not alone . I will be trying fish oils and CQ10. And I need suggestions for actual finds that help if any one out there knows )

  59. Kelly M

    on October 18, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Hi

    At the start of the week I started having the sensation that I could always feel my heart beat. It wasn’t beating fast just like hard and I was always aware of it. That started on Monday it’s now Friday and since about Wednesday it’s almost like I can constantly feel my heart skipping beats. The only way I can describe this is it feels like my heart sinks for a second then bounces back. This has been happening quite frequently over the past 2-3 days. I also have anxiety so this is really making me worry. I have had anxiety for years and never had anything like this before. I am going to my GP but I can’t get in until Monday. I don’t know what to do, it’s driving me crazy being able to feel it all the time and it’s really scaring me.

  60. Linda

    on October 19, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    I have been getting PVCs for years but very mild. Maybe 2 a day. Some days nothing. I passed a kidney stone in July and it was horrible. Not even a week after, I started getting them one after another. Went to ER and they told me I was getting one every 6 seconds. This continued for 24 hrs. The ER Dr was very hesitant on giving me atenolol. They say Anxiety! So tired of hearing this. Ibegged him and believe it or not he sent me home with 1! He said it lowers BP and pulse rate too much. Told me to see a cardiologist. Cardiologist prescribed Atenolol which is doing absolutely nothing. I’ve watch videos on YouTube which Dr Sanjay Gupta talks about Magnesium
    Saying how it helps. Not just any form. He suggest magnesium pidolite or Glycinate. The other forms aren’t absorbed enough to help. I just ordered it along with Co q10. Both are good to regulate heart beats. Pvcs are life changing. I live In fear every minute of the day. They say most people that experience pvcs are nervous, high strung and suffer from panic attacks. This is me! This too shall pass…I pray

  61. John V

    on November 7, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    I’m a 43 year old male. A year and a half ago, I began having PACs. I went to ER and followed up with cardiologist who did EKG, echo and stress echo as well as 1 week halter monitor and they said it was only a very small number. The PACs went on for much of the summer in 2017. Then they subsided for the most part. In June or early July of this year I started having palpitations again, occasionally on some days and more frequently on other days. Went to the cardio again and was diagnosed with PVCs after monitoring. I had another one week halter with EKG, echo and stress echo. No findings except the PVCs. Although, I also had a coronary calcium score last year which showed a score of 99. The PVCs were occurring less than one percent of the time. My concern is that the PVCs seem to occur more for me when I am walking briskly or shortly after walking briskly. I will also feel a bit short of breath. They will also while exercising (bike riding or running) and for a few minutes following my exercise.

  62. Paul P.

    on November 20, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    I’m 70 and recently had a bout of PVCs that lasted over two months. At the worst times I was getting 6-10 PVCs a minute, which for anyone who has had them are not pleasant. My stress test and heart echo were perfect, and my doctors said not to worry! Of course, PVCs are not a worry to the people not having them. The doctors also told me to take beta blockers. Beta blockers didn’t seem like a fit for me as they make you tired, limit physical activity, and have other negative side affects like weight gain and sexual dysfunction. I’ve been reading that lots of people use Xanax to curb anxiety, but I’ve found a better way that worked for me. I tried Hydroxyzine HCL, which is much safer than Xanax with with few side effects. For me, it made me more relaxed, and a little sleepy, but after taking just two, 25 mg. tablets of Hydoxyzine HCL a day, my palpitations were greatly reduced on the first day. By day three, they almost vanished! I now have only a few palpitations a day with a slight headache being the only side effect. My PVCs were caused by a period of great stress and they were cured by taking an anti-stress medication. I wonder if Hydroxyzine HCL will work for others.

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