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Have PVC, rapid heart rate, shortened PR interval in EKG. Can this be due to stress and anxiety?

Hi I have been to 2 different cardiologists for PVC that I had for two years. They recently went away for about 5 months and now they are back? Both cardiologists said my heart was fine after stress tests, ekg , and echo. I also get rapid heart rate sometimes, but I have been told that this was due to panic attacks. I also have a shortened PR interval with otherwise normal EKG. My heart doc does not think there is anything wrong with the heart. Can this be caused from stress and anxiety? I am on xanax and paxil right now for the past month. It does seem to be helping the anxiety. Is there a chance I could have a heart defect that has not been found yet?
Asked On : Sun, 16 Sep 2012
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Hi Kristen,
Thanks for writing in to Healthcare Magic!
The antianxiety/antidepressant medicines would surely help you to control the panic attack episodes.
If you have a cardiac anomaly called Mitral valve prolapse, it may go unnoticed and can cause all the symptoms you have mentioned.
ECHO is the gold standard for it's diagnosis.
If you have any further query please let me know I would try to answer it for you.
Wish you a great health!

Answered: Wed, 19 Sep 2012
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