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premature ventricular contraction

n. Abbr. PVC
An ectopic heartbeat that originates in the ventricles of the heart and sometimes produces accompanying palpitations.
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Noun1.premature ventricular contraction - irregularity of cardiac rhythm; recurrent occurrences can be a precursor of ventricular fibrillation
arrhythmia, cardiac arrhythmia - an abnormal rate of muscle contractions in the heart
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Depending on where they happen, these extra or early beats are called premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) or premature atrial contractions (PACs).
5 Taking into account the variations in ECG, frequent premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) defined as more than 30 times in any 1 hour during the study or multifocal/polymorphic PVCs were considered abnormal for ventricular complexes.
The electrical storm develops when a vulnerable anatomic substrate (such as a structural heart disease or scarring after an MI) is affected by a triggering event, like premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), or an electrolyte imbalance--in the absence of some vulnerable substrate, these other events possibly being of little clinical consequence.
sup][19] found that responder status predicted single premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) and PVC runs but did not predict VT/VF episodes.
The patients were grouped according to the number of premature ventricular contractions and presence of complex ventricular arhythmia in the 24-hour rhythm Holter monitor test.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, found no significant associations between the intake of coffee, tea or chocolate (which contains varying amounts of caffeine) and the hourly rate of premature atrial contractions or premature ventricular contractions.
Excessive premature atrial contractions (PACs) have been shown to result in atrial fibrillation, stroke and death, while excessive premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) have been shown to result in increased heart failure, coronary artery disease and death.
I'm having a common, yet annoying problem: PVCs or premature ventricular contractions.
Then, the ECGs were reviewed visually to identify anomalies such as missed beats, premature beats, and changes in wave form, as for example the prolonged QRS complex typical of premature ventricular contractions (see figure 1).
I was recently diagnosed with premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) but tests show my heart is healthy.
Using 24-hr beat-to-beat electrocardiographic data obtained using a high-resolution Holter system, the researchers sumarized the total number of premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) and premature atrial contractions for each 30-min segment.