II. Physiology

  1. PVCs have been historically thought to be benign
  2. More recently, data suggests increased risk
    1. In underlying cardiac disease, PVCs increase arrhythmia risk
    2. In otherwise normal hearts, PVCs are still typically benign
      1. However, longstanding frequent PVCs, increase risk of Cardiomyopathy

III. Definitions

  1. Bigeminy
    1. Extrasystole follows every sinus beat
  2. Trigeminy
    1. Extrasystole follows every other sinus beat
    2. Every third beat is ectopic
  3. Couplet
    1. Extrasystole and preceding beat

V. Signs: EKG Findings

  1. Unusual and Wide QRS with bizarre axis
  2. Large T Wave with opposite polarity as QRS
  3. Full compensatory pause
  4. No P Wave included in Extrasystole
  5. Associated with left bundle branch pattern

VI. Evaluation: Lown Criteria to distinguish pathologic PVCs

  1. Low risk of degenerating into ventricular dysrhythmia
    1. Class 0: No PVCs
    2. Class 1: <30 PVCs per hour
  2. Intermediate risk of degeneration
    1. Class 2: 30 or more PVCs per hour
  3. High risk of degeneration
    1. Class 3: Multifocal PVCs
    2. Class 4a: Two consecutive PVCs
    3. Class 4b: Three consecutive PVCs
    4. Class 5: R on T Phenomena

VII. Management

  1. No heart disease (normal left ventricular function)
    1. Avoid provocative factors
    2. Mild asymptomatic PVCs
      1. No management required
    3. Symptomatic PVCs accounting for <20% of total beats
      1. Consider Beta Blocker for disabling symptoms
    4. PVCs account for >20% of total beats
      1. Consider Cardiac Catheter Ablation
      2. Associated with increased risk of developing a Cardiomyopathy
        1. See physiology above regarding risk
  2. Heart disease (with Left Ventricular Dysfunction)
    1. PVCs increase risk of morbidity and mortality
    2. Consider management for Lown Class 3-5
      1. Consider Cardiac Catheter Ablation

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Ontology: Premature ventricular contractions (C0151636)

Definition (CSP) premature ventricular beats, the most common of all arrhythmias; in the absence of heart disease, they are not of great clinical significance, but in patients with coronary disease, they represent a constant danger of ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation and sudden death.
Definition (MSH) A type of cardiac arrhythmia with premature contractions of the HEART VENTRICLES. It is characterized by the premature QRS complex on ECG that is of abnormal shape and great duration (generally >129 msec). It is the most common form of all cardiac arrhythmias. Premature ventricular complexes have no clinical significance except in concurrence with heart diseases.
Concepts Pathologic Function (T046)
MSH D018879
ICD10 I49.3
SnomedCT 17338001, 155367002, 195096003, 195093006, 251175005
LNC LP31568-6, LP31253-5, MTHU024512, MTHU024517, LA17095-3
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Spanish EXTRASISTOLE VENTRICULAR, contracciones ventriculares prematuras, Focos ectópicos ventriculares, Contracciones ventriculares prematuras, CVP, Latidos ventriculares ectópicos, CV prematuras, Extrasístole ventricular, Latidos ventriculares prematuros ectópicos, latidos ectópicos ventriculares, latidos ectópicos ventriculares (trastorno), complejos ventriculares ectópicos, complejos ventriculares prematuros (trastorno), complejos ventriculares prematuros, despolarización ventricular prematura, extrasístoles ventriculares (trastorno), extrasístoles ventriculares, Extrasístoles ventriculares, latidos ectópicos ventriculares (hallazgo), Complejos Prematuros Ventriculares, Contracciones Ventriculares Prematuras, Extrasístole Ventricular, Latidos Ectópicos Ventriculares, Latidos Ventriculares Prematuros
Dutch VPC's, premature ventriculaire ectopische hartslagen, premature ventrikelcontracties, ventriculaire extrasystolen, ventriculaire ectopische hartslagen, extrasystole ventriculair, premature ventriculaire extrasystolen, PVC's, premature ventriculaire contracties, ventriculaire extrasystole, ventriculaire ectopics, contractie; prematuur, ventriculair, ectopie; slagen, ventriculair, ectopie; ventriculaire slagen, extrasystole; ventriculair, prematuur; contractie, ventriculair, prematuur; ventriculaire systole, slagen; ectopie, ventriculair, ventriculair; ectopische slagen, ventriculair; extrasystole, ventriculair; premature contractie, ventriculair; premature systole, ventriculaire extrasystoles, Depolarisatie, ventriculaire premature, Extrasystole, ventriculaire, Premature ventriculaire hartslag, Premature ventriculaire systole, Ventriculaire ectopische hartslag, Ventriculaire premature depolarisatie
French ESV, CVP, Contractions ventriculaires prématurées, ESV prématurées, Battements ventriculaires ectopiques prématurés, Battements ventriculaires ectopiques, EXTRSYSTOLES VENTRICULAIRES, Complexe ventriculaire prématuré, Contraction ventriculaire prématurée, Extrasystole ventriculaire, Extrasystoles ventriculaires
German Extrasystolen extraventrikulaer, vorzeitige ventrikulaere Kontraktionen, Extrasystole extraventrikulaer, VEB, ventrikulaere Kontraktionen vorzeitig, vorzeitige VEB, PVC, VPC, ventrikulaere Ektopien, verfruehte ventrikulaere Extrasystolen, EXTRASYSTOLEN VENTRIKULAER, Ventrikulaere Extrasystolie, ventrikulaere Extrasystolen, Kammerextrasystolen, Vorzeitige Kammerkontraktionen, Extrasystolie, ventrikuläre, Ventrikuläre ektopische Systolen, Ventrikuläre Extrasystolie
Italian Contrazioni ventricolari premature, Battiti ectopici ventricolari prematuri, Contrazioni ventricolari, Battiti prematuri ventricolari, Contrazioni premature ventricolari, Battiti ectopici ventricolari, Extrasistole ventricolare, Extrasistoli ventricolari
Portuguese Contracções ventriculares ectópicas, Batimentos ectópicos ventriculares, Contracção ventricular orematura, Extra-sístole ventricular, Batimentos ectópicos ventriculares prematuros, Complexos ventriculares prematuros, EXTRASISTOLE VENTRICULAR, Extrassístole Ventricular, Extra-sístoles ventriculares, Batimentos Ectópicos Ventriculares, Batimentos Ventriculares Prematuros, Complexos Ventriculares Prematuros, Contrações Ventriculares Prematuras
Japanese 異所性心室期外収縮, シンシツセイキガイシュウシュク, イショセイシンシツキガイシュウシュク, 期外収縮-心室, 期外収縮-心室性, 心室性早期収縮, 心室性期外収縮, 心室性異所性収縮, 心室期外収縮
Swedish Hjärtkammarprematurslag
Finnish Kammiolisälyönnit
Russian RANNIE ZHELUDOCHKOVYE EKSTRASISTOLY, ZHELUDOCHKOV EKTOPICHESKIE SISTOLY, ZHELUDOCHKOV EKSTRASISTOLY, EKSTRASISTOLA ZHELUDOCHKOVAIA, ЖЕЛУДОЧКОВ ЭКСТРАСИСТОЛЫ, ЖЕЛУДОЧКОВ ЭКТОПИЧЕСКИЕ СИСТОЛЫ, РАННИЕ ЖЕЛУДОЧКОВЫЕ ЭКСТРАСИСТОЛЫ, ЭКСТРАСИСТОЛА ЖЕЛУДОЧКОВАЯ
Czech Komorová extrasystola, Předčasné komorové stahy, Komorové extrasystoly, Komorové ektopické stahy, KES, Komorová ektopie, Předčasné komorové ektopické stahy, předčasné komorové kontrakce, komorové extrasystoly, předčasné ventrikulární kontrakce
Korean 심실 조기 탈분극
Polish Pobudzenia komorowe przedwczesne, Ekstrasystolia komorowa, Skurcz komór przedwczesny, Skurcz komór ektopowy
Hungarian VEB-ek, Ventricularis ectopiás ütések, Ventricularis korai contractiók, PVC-k, Korai ventricularis ectopiás ütések, Ventricularis extrasystolék, Kamrai extrasystole, Korai VEB-ek, VPC-k, Extrasystolék, ventricularis, Korai ventricularis contractiók
Norwegian Premature ventrikulære kontraksjoner, Ventrikulær ekstrasystole, Ventrikulære ektopiske slag, Premature ventrikulære ekstrasystoler