Long Term Cures for PVCs

This is all about lifestyle changes that will help make you have less PVC's. You might want to try experimenting with this list and see if some of them make your PVC's better or worse. These are the things that seem to help me.

Stay Hydrated

I find that when I'm dehydrated I tend to have more PVC's. I'm sure that this is related to the electroconductivity of the hearts sodium and calcium channels, but I can't explain it. I've talked to numerous doctors and pharmacists about it, and they all agree the staying hydrated is a very good way to help prevent PVC's.

Drink 8 each 8 ounce glasses of water per day. That's really only about 4 standard "glasses" that we have in the kitchen. Spread them out through the day, though, because you don't want to fill up your stomach too much, which is a very well known PVC Trigger.

Take Magnesium

Many PVC sufferers have reported good results by taking extra magnesium supplements. I tried this and it didn't help me much. Howerver, I do think that electrolyte balance has a lot to do with frequency and intensity of PVC episodes.

Take EmergenC

Yes, EmergenC is the Vitamin C supplement sold to help prevent colds. I have found that by taking 3 packets of EmergenC per day my PVC's all but go away completely. This points at my PVC's being mostly causes by a mineral deficiency. I have not been able to isolate which mineral or minerals I am deficient in, but I do know that if I don't take 3 packets a day my PVC's are much worse. I've head my blood work done multiple times both while taking 3 packets of EmergenC per day and while not taking it and in all cases my calcium, magnesium, and potassium are all in normal ranges.

Avoid Well Known PVC Triggers

We have a list of PVC Triggers that you should be very familiar with. By avoiding these triggers at all times your odds of having PVC's should go down dramatically.

Avoid Stress

Yeah, I know, easier said than done. We all have stress to deal with, and sometimes it gets to be too much. Learning a way to deal with your stress may help make your PVC's better.

It might be a good idea to take up a relaxing hobby like gardening.

Common PVC Prescriptions

I've tried beta blockers, and for me they didn't work. They may work for you.

The typical prescription for PVC's is flecainide. This is a very powerful antiarrhythmic drug that is generally only prescribed by a cardiologist, and not until after a variety of tests have been done. Most cardiologists will require a heart stress test, which is typically an EKG while running on a treadmill. They may require this test both before and after starting the prescription.

Long Term Actions to Help Cure PVC's

These are the things that you should do in your life to help minimize the number of PVC's that you have on a day to day basis.

  • Avoid stress
  • Beta blockers
  • Anti-depressents
  • Flecainide