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What is a heartbeat with premature ventricular contractions like?

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PVCs are extra heartbeats that start in one of the ventricles, the two lower chambers of your heart.

If you have PVCs, your heartbeat pattern goes: normal heartbeat, extra beat (PVC), slight pause, then a stronger-than-normal beat. That last beat has extra "kick" because your heart fills with more blood during the pause.

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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