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What are Premature Ventricular Complexes (PVC) ?

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An extra beat originating from the ventricles is called a VPC. In patients with normal hearts, this is a benign condition. However, in patients with an underlying heart disorder, this can indicate a life-threatening problem. Patients are often symptomatic with palpitations or skipped beats. Treatment: In patients with normal hearts, asymptomatic VPCs generally do not require treatment; however, some patients may experience symptoms that require medical therapy. Cardiac ablation is successful in curing this condition when these extra beats arise in the right side of the heart. If significant heart dysfunction is suspected, then an electrophysiology study is recommended to determine whether a life threatening abnormal heart rhythm is present, which may require treatment with an ICD.

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