How to Treat Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs)?

Q:
How to treat premature ventricular contractions (PVCs)?

A:
The treatments for PVCs depend on the types, symptoms and original heart disease that patients have. Here are four types of PVCs and their respective treatments:

PVCs without organic heart disease

This type of PVC will not increase the risk of cardiac death in the patients.

If there is no obvious symptom, there is no need to use medication for treatment.

If the patients’ symptoms are obvious, the treatment should be aimed at reducing patients’ concerns and uneasiness of the symptoms.

In addition, they should avoid predisposing factors such as smoking, coffee, alcohol, and emotional stress. The drug should be selected from β blockers or mexiletine.

PVCs with chronic heart failure

Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, diuretics, digitalis drugs, and β blockers should be used rationally.

PVCs with old myocardial infarction

Effective secondary prevention drugs should be used rationally, including aspirin, β blockers, and cholesterol-lowering drugs.

If you are not sure which treatment you need, please ask your health care provider for help.

Key words: treatment for premature ventricular contractions; premature ventricular contractions.

* The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.