Ventricular Premature Beat Turkey

    Heartbeats occur when the tissues that make up the heart work together and in harmony. In this way, the heart pumps blood throughout the body. Thanks to the pumped blood, our cells are oxygenated, nourished and produce the energy we need. Our life largely depends on the healthy and regular occurrence of this cycle. The tissues responsible for heartbeats do not work properly in some cases. These situations can be seen because the electrical impulses that make the heart beat are not transmitted to the target areas as they should. In addition, extra stimuli reaching the target areas can also cause arrhythmia. The last condition we are talking about is the condition known as ventricular premature beat.

    Ventricular premature beat originates in areas of the heart called the “ventricular”. Excess stimulus from these areas can cause the heart to contract prematurely. This can cause people to feel as if they are falling rapidly from a height. This situation may recur at irregular intervals during the day. In the rest of our article, we will talk about the causes, risks and how to treat ventricular premature beat.

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    How Ventricular Premature Beats Occur?

    Ventricular premature beat is the premature contraction of the heart with an extra impulse from the ventricle of the heart. This can also be felt as the heart beating twice in a row. Ventricular premature beat is often not seen due to serious discomfort. However, in some cases, it may be a sign of the progression of a serious pre-existing disease in the heart.

    Ventricular premature beat is known by many names. One of the most frequently used names among these names is ventricular extrasystole, VES, VPB or PVC. 

    Why VPBs Cause?

    Ventricular premature beat is caused by an extra electrical impulse from the heart ventricles. As the heart continues to beat with its normal rhythm and pump blood to the body, this excess stimulus is transmitted to the target area. This causes the heart to beat twice in succession or to contract prematurely within its normal rhythm. This situation can occur dozens of times a day. Some can be felt, while others can be difficult to feel.

    Ventricular premature beat can also be seen in patients without any heart disease. In this case, there is no need to worry that VPB can cause a serious health condition. However, in some cases, there may be a serious underlying condition. In particular, individuals who have had a disease related to the heart structure or already have a chronic cardiovascular disease should be more careful. When they feel recurrent ventricular premature beat, they should consult a doctor who is an expert in the field.

    How Does a Ventricular Premature Beat Cause a Complain?

    Ventricular premature beat often does not cause any complaints or symptoms. However, the feeling that this situation creates in people can be uncomfortable. Many patients describe ventricular premature beat in the following ways:

    • A sensation of heart stabbing or stopping.
    • Sudden shortness of breath.
    • Sensation of a knot in the throat.
    • Sensation of something moving in the chest cavity.
    • Startle.
    • Feeling of falling from a height.

    Of course, the description of these feelings may differ from person to person. In some cases, people may not even be aware of these early strokes.

    What are the risk factors revealing VPBs?

    Ventricular premature beat may be more common in some people. Some of these people experience ventricular premature beat because of their diseases and some because of their lifestyles. Generally speaking, the following conditions can lead to ventricular premature beat in people:

    • Having an enlarged heart and heart failure.
    • Having a disease related to the heart valves
    • Having had a heart attack.
    • Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol.
    • Using drugs.
    • Having excessive stress.
    • Having ailments such as anxiety disorder and panic disorder.
    • Being a patient of hypertension (high blood pressure).
    • Being diabetic.
    • Being addicted to cigarettes.
    • Consuming excessive caffeine.

    Ventricular premature beat can be seen much more frequently in individuals related to the conditions we mentioned.

    How Are VPBs Treated?

    There are some rhythm disorders that accompany ventricular premature beat and need to be treated. Apart from these, treatment is not recommended in cases of ventricular premature beat, which does not occur very often. However, if there is a rhythm disorder as we mentioned, or if VPB  is accompanied by a serious heart disease, treatment may be required. This treatment can be performed with rhythm-regulating drugs as well as advanced procedure such as ablation. In general, in such cases, ablation therapy is recommended rather than life-long rhythm-regulating medication. Abnormal area that causes ventricular premature beat can be eliminated with ablation therapy. What is Ablation? You can check the article.