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Ventricular extrasystoles may not present symptoms; in other cases, they may cause unpleasant or alarming sensations.


The human heart, a vital organ that beats tirelessly, may occasionally experience irregularities. One of these anomalies, known as ventricular extrasystoles, can cause concern for those who experience it.

Ventricular extrasystoles, or PVCs (Premature Ventricular Contractions), are cardiac arrhythmias where extra or premature beats occur in the lower chambers of the heart, the ventricles.

What can provoke an extrasystole?

The causes of ventricular extrasystoles can vary, and often, it's not due to an underlying heart disease, so consulting with a Cardiologist is highly recommended.

Some triggering factors may include excessive consumption of:

  • Caffeine

  • Smoking

  • Stress

  • Alcohol consumption

  • Stimulant drugs

  • Electrolyte imbalances in the body

Who might suffer from an extrasystole?

While ventricular extrasystoles can affect anyone, certain groups may be more prone to experiencing this type of cardiac arrhythmia.

Both adult men and women can experience ventricular extrasystoles. The information about who can suffer from extrasystoles and how they affect them can vary depending on each person's health and other factors.

It's important to note that many people may have extrasystoles without even realizing it, as they do not generate symptoms or are mild in many cases.

Symptoms of extrasystoles

Ventricular extrasystoles may not present symptoms in some people; in other cases, they may cause unpleasant or alarming sensations. Symptoms may include:

  • Palpitations: the sensation of fast or strong beats in the chest.

  • Jumps in the chest: as if the heart is skipping a beat.

  • Chest discomfort: feeling of pressure or discomfort in the chest.

  • Dizziness or faintness: feeling off-balance or about to faint.

Treatment for extrasystoles

In many cases, ventricular extrasystoles do not require specific treatment, as they are not dangerous, especially if they are sporadic and do not generate severe symptoms. However, if the extrasystoles are frequent, persistent, or cause worrisome symptoms, some treatment options under the supervision of a Cardiologist could be considered.

These may include lifestyle changes, such as reducing caffeine or alcohol intake, managing stress, and maintaining a balanced diet. Antiarrhythmic drugs can be prescribed in more severe cases to control irregular beats.

When should I see a doctor?

If you experience symptoms such as intense palpitations, chest pain, difficulty breathing, persistent dizziness, or fainting, it is crucial to seek medical attention from a Cardiologist. These symptoms could indicate a more serious heart problem that requires medical assessment and treatment.

Visit the Heart Center Los Cabos by BlueNetHospitals if you suspect ventricular extrasystoles. A timely review and diagnosis from a Cardiology specialist can improve your quality of life.

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