What is the prevalence of premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) in the US?

Updated: Jan 13, 2017
  • Author: James E Keany, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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PVCs are one of the most common arrhythmias and can occur in patients with or without heart disease. Their prevalence varies greatly, with estimates ranging from less than 3% to more than 60% in asymptomatic individuals. Data from large, population-based studies indicate that the prevalence ranges from less than 3% for young white women without heart disease to almost 20% for older African American individuals with hypertension.


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