Premature Ventricular Contractions (PVCs): A Narrative Review


      Premature ventricular complexes/contractions (PVCs) are relatively common, occurring in 3-20% of the general population, and are often found during workup of palpitations or incidentally on routine electrocardiographic testing. They are usually considered benign but can be a sign of underlying cardiac disease and cause significantly impairing symptoms. While often thought of as a problem for the cardiologist, it is not uncommon for PVCs to be identified initially in a primary care or inpatient general medicine setting. This paper will review etiologies, epidemiology, evaluation and management of PVCs for the internist.


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