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What is bigeminy?

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If you have bigeminy (bi-JEM-uh-nee), your heart doesn't beat in a normal pattern. After every routine beat, you have a beat that comes too early, or what's known as a premature ventricular contraction (PVC).

PVCs are common and not always harmful. If you're in good health, you may not even need treatment. But if you have a heart condition, you'll need to take medicine to control your bigeminy. Lifestyle changes can also keep this abnormal heart rhythm from getting worse.

From: What Is Bigeminy? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Echocardiogram - Echo."

Cardiac Health: "Bigemini," "Premature Ventricular Contractions," "What Are the Causes of Ventricular Arrhythmias, VT, Bigeminy, and Trigeminy?"

Hebbar, K.A. , June 15, 2002. American Family Physician

Mayo Clinic: "Premature Ventricular Contractions," "Holter Monitor," "High blood pressure (hypertension): Beta Blockers," "Cardiac Ablation," "Test and Procedures: Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs)," "Stress Test."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is Cardiomyopathy?" "What is Coronary Heart Disease?"

University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center: "Clinical Approach to Patients with Frequent PVCs."

Richard Wright, MD, chairman, Pacific Heart Institute, Providence Saint John's Health Center, Santa Monica, Calif.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 1, 2018

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "Echocardiogram - Echo."

Cardiac Health: "Bigemini," "Premature Ventricular Contractions," "What Are the Causes of Ventricular Arrhythmias, VT, Bigeminy, and Trigeminy?"

Hebbar, K.A. , June 15, 2002. American Family Physician

Mayo Clinic: "Premature Ventricular Contractions," "Holter Monitor," "High blood pressure (hypertension): Beta Blockers," "Cardiac Ablation," "Test and Procedures: Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs)," "Stress Test."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "What Is Cardiomyopathy?" "What is Coronary Heart Disease?"

University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center: "Clinical Approach to Patients with Frequent PVCs."

Richard Wright, MD, chairman, Pacific Heart Institute, Providence Saint John's Health Center, Santa Monica, Calif.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on June 1, 2018

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