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More than 5% pvc/pac

Hi everyone. I hope someone can advise me. I have an app on my phone that records heartrate and ectopics/irregular heart rate . Mine showed more than 5% as ectopics. My husband had none altho his heartrate was over 80. Mine was 55. I had a check about ten years ago but the ectopics settled. They have returned and I am wondering if i need another check up or is it still likely to be benign. I run about 20 miles a week, walk every day and ride about 20 miles a week. I am 46 with no illnesses. Is 5% really a concern????

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5% ectopics means you are getting 3-4 per minute, right? Is that continuously or do they come and go? If continuously then I guess that is about 5,000 ectopics per day. Not pleasant - so sorry. I get them too - though for me they are worse afternoons and nighttime, better in the morning. I also found it helped to double my magnesium supplementation (check with a dietician about which type of extra strength magnesium). Ectopics aren't pleasant, I agree, but they are usually benign.


Thank you for replying I didn't count but i did feel odd when they were happening. How much mag do you take and which variety? I take potassium and coq10 but only just started these. Oddly i am not particularly scared but don't want to just poo poo it in case!


I take two different brands of extra strength magnesium (e.g., "Fusion" Magnesium) - each which combine magnesium in four forms - but the total only translates into about 300 mg total elemental magnesium. I use two brands - one has some potassium the other doesn't. I'm a little cautious about potassium. Magnesium is readily expelled by the body if you take too much, but too much potassium can be dangerous. Yes I also take fish oil and coq10


My name is Dr. Charles De Peri, Jr. and I am a pharmacist for Qunol CoQ10. I wanted to provide you with some information on choosing a CoQ10 supplement.

CoQ10 provides a variety of benefits, but you may not be able to experience the benefits if you are not absorbing your CoQ10 supplement.

CoQ0 has poor absorption, therefore, you should choose one that is both water and fat-soluble which is better absorbed by the body than regular CoQ10.


Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

-Charles De Peri Jr., RPH, PharmD, Qunol

Please note that my comment is provided for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.

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What's the risk with potassium. I am new to supplements tbh.


May I ask what app you're using to record these irregular heartbeats?

I had several episodes of PVC's and PAC's recorded on 2 week holter monitor back in April of this year. But then it has gone from 1 a day or other day to multiple x 10 a day since mid May. I finally rattled my cardiologist into listening to me a bit more by throwing a fit. Now I'm waiting for the holter to wear for 3 weeks to see if we can pick up a pattern based on female hormones, etc.

I'm taking 12.5mg metoprolol and the cardiologist knee jerk response was to bump it up to a full pill. I don't want to do that because I'm not understanding why it suddenly just started happening out of the blue on 2/26/2018.

I'd love to record these occurrences so I can prove I'm not going crazy.


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