premature ventricular contraction


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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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Our experiment revealed that the intravenous injection of matrine significantly and dose-dependently increased the doses of ouabain required to induce guinea pigs premature ventricular contraction and shortened the arrhythmias duration induced by ouabain in Fig.
The onset is calculated from the difference between the heart rate immediately following the premature ventricular contraction and that immediately preceding it.
I'm having a common, yet annoying problem: PVCs or premature ventricular contractions.

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