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I have Premature Venticular Contractions (skipped heart beats)?

I have PREMATURE VENTRICULAR CONTRACTIONS (skipped heart beats) . . .? I have been told to cut down on drinking caffiene (or even to eliminate it from my diet). What I would like to know: Has anyone else had this problem, or knows of someone who has, and what did you or they do to eliminate it? How much caffiene does decaffinated coffee have? Is there a website that can tell us how much caffiene is in the beverages that we drink? What are the serious consequences from PVCs? Thank you, Pauley
Sat, 12 Dec 2009
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http://www.medicinenet.com/premature_ventricular_contractions/article.htm Premature ventricular contractions in healthy individuals without high blood pressure and heart diseases do not pose any health risks. Premature ventricular contractions in patients with heart diseases (heart attacks, heart failure, diseases of the heart valves) are associated with increased risks of developing ventricular tachycardia. Ventricular tachycardia is a sustained run of rapid ventricular contractions. Ventricular tachycardia is life-threatening because: 1) it occurs suddenly with no prior warning, and 2) it frequently develops into ventricular fibrillation. Ventricular fibrillation is a chaotic rhythm where the ventricles quiver rapidly in a purposeless fashion. The heart with ventricular fibrillation cannot pump blood effectively to the brain and the rest of the body. If untreated, ventricular fibrillation can be fatal within minutes. An estimated 250,000 Americans die in this way each year. http://www.energyfiend.com/the-caffeine-database/ long list of products and caffeine content
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