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A Premature Ventricular Contraction (PVC) is an extra contraction or heartbeat. PVCs interrupt your regular heart rhythm and can cause a fluttering feeling in your chest. PVCs are the result of your heart’s electrical system triggering an extra heartbeat in the lower chambers or ventricles of the heart.

PVCs can be common and aren’t always an indicator of an issue with your heart. But you may need medical attention if you have frequent PVCs or accompanying heart disease.

Causes

PVCs may result from:

  • Anxiety
  • Anemia
  • Caffeine
  • Exercise
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Medications, such as decongestants

Symptoms

Similar to a PAC, with PVCs you may not have any symptoms or you may feel sensations in your chest such as:

  • Awareness of your heartbeat
  • Skipped heartbeats
  • Missed heartbeats
  • Fluttering heart
  • Pounding heartbeats

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