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What is a ventricular premature beat?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Your heart beats, because of electrical signals that pass from the upper right chamber down through the lower chambers or ventricles. A ventricular premature beat, or VPB, is an extra heartbeat caused by electrically unstable muscle in the ventricles. Watch this animation to learn more.



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