What are the demographics of premature ventricular contractions (PVCs)?

Updated: Jan 13, 2017
  • Author: James E Keany, MD, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
  • Print
Answer

Black race is associated with an increased frequency of PVCs on routine monitoring. [5] In a large population-based study of PVC prevalence, black race alone increased the risk of PVCs by 30% in comparison with the risk in white individuals.

Ventricular ectopy is more prevalent in men than in women of the same age. Male sex alone increases the risk of identifying PVCs on routine screening, with an odds ratio for male sex of 1.39 as compared with female sex.

PVC frequency increases with age, reflecting the increased prevalence of hypertension and cardiac disease in aging populations.


Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!