I think your guy could have been overreacting. But I wasn't there. I have had a variety of cardiac arrhythmias over the years, and I think, for god's sake, you would cancel a procedure for a few PVCs/PACs? Which certainly could have been from an infection.
However . . . yes, they should technically be checked out, but they are often "normal" for many people. But from his point of view, suppose she did end up having a cardiac event -- someone would have said he should have been alerted by the PVCs. I can't blame him for being cautious in someone who doesn't have a known history or official clearance.
(Couldn't he tell whether they were PVCs or PACs from looking at the strip?)
It's not the end of the world at all, just a tedious detour. To follow the book, she should probably have a holter monitor so someone can look at the strip and say that her 24-hour function is going to be sufficient for a venogram. Any doctor can order this.
Like I said, tedious, but not a roadblock.
Don't give up now!!!!!
P.S. Peg, just saw your post -- obviously I'm not a doctor, but I've been engrossed in arrhythmia for about ten years now. If you've had monitoring you should know whether you have PVCs or PACs, and you should know if your issue is something that is normal for you, as it is for many people.
Most of the time these issues just need to be "known and noted" before procedures so there are no surprises. I have had a variety of procedures with a variety of arrythmias, and I cannot imagine that either PVCs or PACs would be an issue unless they were associated with some sort of malignant ventricular arrhythmia. But Dr. Sclafani is the one with the field experience! Best wishes to you.