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Heart Is Skipping Beats

Heart Is Skipping Beats

Q: The medical profession says I have about 10 premature beats per minute. My pulse is in the range‚Ä®of 50 to 60 beats. Are skipped beats serious or harmless? I have always gotten winded very easily. A: Ten premature beats per minute is a fair amount that can be perfectly harmless. However, we now know […] ... More
Extra Heart Beats (PVCs)

Extra Heart Beats (PVCs)

To Carol in Florida: Premature ventricular complexes (PVCs) are extra heart beats coming early from the bottom chambers of the heart, the ventricles. In people with normal hearts, they are annoying but of no significance and do not cause sudden death, heart attacks, or strokes. I spend a lot of time reassuring patients they have […] ... More
Best to Check

Best to Check

To Nancy in Michigan: Blood pressure can vary, and it would be just a guess for me to know why it went up when you had a feeling of indigestion. Most likely it will be of no concern as long as all of the other recordings are normal, but I would recommend that you definitely […] ... More
Heart Weak But Stable

Heart Weak But Stable

In 2000, a cardiologist said that I needed a heart transplant due to heart failure. My left ventricle ejection fraction was about 20 percent. I resisted this advice since I felt fine, did not display signs of heart failure, and could ride the exercise bike at least 30 minutes a day with no problems. Since […] ... More
Rapid Heartbeat Problem May Be Curable

Rapid Heartbeat Problem May Be Curable

Q: How serious is SVT? I have had it for 45 years and am now taking verapamil. For years I took Lanoxin. I see a cardiologist once a year. What advice can you give me to remain in stable condition? A: Leading cardiologist Dr. Douglas Zipes replies: Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is a general term indicating […] ... More