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Ventricular Premature Beats Causes & Risks


The causes of PVBs include:

  • Physical or emotional stress
  • Physical exercise
  • Caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (eg, cocaine, amphetamines)
  • Certain medications, especially those that stimulate the heart
  • Heart disease:

Risk Factors

A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease or condition.

The following factors increase your chance of developing PVBs:

  • Age: frequency increases with age, PVBs are most common in the elderly
  • Sex: more common in men than women
  • Race: African Americans have a much higher risk than Caucasian
  • Heart disease
  • Use of caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

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