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I have anxiety and im worried i have been checking my pulse

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hey i have anxiety and im worried
i have been checking my pulse and randomly there will be like a random hard beat or 2 in my pulse
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No, it is not necessary for you to be seen from the pulse pattern that you describe. This is a common presentation for how PVCs are felt in the pulse. The hard beat is related to the fact that the PVC, but is actually usually the next beat. Since the PVC is early, the heart actually pumps less blood (because there has not been the normal amount of time to allow for filling the heart), so the PVC beat usually is not remarkable and may feel weak or not felt at all. However, since there is additional time for the next normal heart beat, there is excessive filling of the heart, so an extra amount of blood is pumped out and is felt as a hard pulsation in the wrist. And sometimes, even the second heart beat is stronger than usual because of the extra blood following the premature heart beat.

As you may have been told when you were previously checked, PVCs, by themselves, are typically not an issue. If there is another problem, such as poor blood supply to the heart or poor pumping action of the heart (congestive heart failure), then increasing frequency of PVCs may be a sign of worsening of the other heart problem. But in the absence of such problems, the PVCs are typically not an issue. Consequently, there is no reason to be checked every time that you are having symptoms or pulse findings consistent with PVCs.

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