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What are premature ventricular contractions?

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If your heart feels out of rhythm or "flutters," especially when you're anxious, it could be caused by premature ventricular contractions, or PVCs. They're the most common reason for arrhythmia, or an irregular heart rhythm.

Some other names for PVCs are:

PVCs aren't a reason to be concerned if you're healthy otherwise. But if you have them often, it could be a sign of heart disease or another health problem.

  • Premature ventricular complexes
  • Ventricular premature beats
  • Extrasystoles

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Premature Ventricular Contractions."

Mayo Clinic: "Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs)."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 10, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Premature Ventricular Contractions."

Mayo Clinic: "Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs)."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on November 10, 2018

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