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Sun, 12-07-2008 - 2:43pm

Hi all!

~Stefanie

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Registered: 03-19-2003
In reply to: merelybeingme
Sun, 12-07-2008 - 8:21pm

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Hi, Merelybeingme!! (I love you screen name!) Thank you so much for posting!!


You have truly been through a lot in your short lifetime! I'm sure things will be going much more smoothly for you now that you've gotten the ball rolling, so to speak. When my heart disease was discovered, it was only after several trips to my primary care physician. Finally the bells went off and he scheduled an appointment for me with cardiologist. I ended up having a heart cath almost immediately and then a stent placement the next day. One artery was 100% plugged.


As time went on, I knew something was not quite right again, so I visited my primary. He didn't seem to think that my complaints warranted another visit to the cardio, so I just made an appointment on my own. Lo and behold, the other side was 100% plugged! My heart had made it's own bypasses. The cardio informed me that I may not be as lucky with the third one. So, yes, I sit on pins and needles sometimes, but I try not to dwell on it.


As for your sense of humor.... It's always welcome here. We need it because laughter is very good medicine!


Do visit again soon! We'd really like to get to know you!


With Heart Hugs, Geri










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Registered: 12-19-2008
In reply to: merelybeingme
Fri, 12-19-2008 - 1:21pm
hi there!!! this is also my first time writing here and thought i'd share my story...i am a 55 yr old women who has had episodes of PVC's/SVT's since i was a teenager...i had halter monitor testing numerous times and tried to avoid caffeine...it wasn't until about 7 yrs ago when i really got into trouble after taking a cold/sinus medicine with psuedephedrine...my heart just jumped into a racing mode where i could hardly catch my breath and ended up in the ER where my heart rate was 179...i ended up having to be coverted into a normal rhythm by the administration of a drug called adenosine...i actually needed a second dose as the first one didn't work...it was alittle scary on how fast and furious it happened but again continued to watch my intake of stimulants...it was 4 yrs ago this month that i had 3 more bouts of SVT's each of which landed me in the ER and had to be converted...after the 3rd episode i was admitted and thru further testing found i had AVNRT which was an electrical problem similar to a revolving door that created abnormal sequencing...i had an ablation the following day and up until this past summer was totally symptom free...i once again began having episodes of SVT's and another halter monitor found 100's of extra beats throughtout the 24 hrs of wearing it...i was put on a beta blocker called metoprolol ER 50 mg and it works beautifully...my father had a history of arrythimas and i wish they had the medical interventions then that they have today as i know he could have benefited greatly...he lived to 81 and actually suffered more so with
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Registered: 04-04-2008
In reply to: merelybeingme
Sun, 12-21-2008 - 8:10pm
I too am new to this message board, but not to IVillage. I have had an irregular heart beat for years. I have always been told that I have nothing to worry about. In the last five or six years, I have noticed that when my heart races, My heart beats out-of-control. It would seem like it wanted to come out of my chest. I told my doctor about it, but she would always say that it was nothing to worry about. Well, when I went for my yearly check-up this October, I mentioned it to her again. She took an EKG and did not see anything out of the ordinary. But she still scheduled me to see a cardiologist. Well I went to him and he also took an EKG. He noticed the irregular beats, but said it was not really unusual. He still had me to wear a portable heart monitor for a day. He also scheduled me for a Stress test and an Echo-cardiogram, this past week. I go for a follow-up visit on December 23, 2008 to discuss the tests' findings. I have never been on a treadmill, so I was unaware how to walk on one. I was totally exhausted when I finally got off. My heart felt like it wanted to explode! The nurse who was monitoring my blood pressure and heart beat noticed on the monitor my "extra" beats. The other technician was doing an ultrasound of my heart. I work at a very stressful job. My work hours vary from day-to-day, week-to-week. I never work the same schedule every month. I work swing shifts so it is hard to get a regiment going that I can stick to, but I am still working on it. I will let you all know what the results of my tests were next week! Thanks for listening!
anonymous
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Registered: 03-19-2003
In reply to: merelybeingme
Sun, 12-21-2008 - 9:34pm

Dear Peaches960, welcome to Heart Health!! Oh, please, please do let us know how your appointment turns out! I'm very much interested in what may be found. (If anything, of course) Personally, I feel that a doctor - cardiologist or other - has a way of "sluffing off" our concerns. If nothing is found from the basic tests, then they need to send you to someone who might be of more help. I saw 3 primary physicians and 2 cardiologists before something was finally done. (My last primary thought there may be a problem, so he recommended the cardiologist(s). The third cardio was very displeased that nothing had really been done for me previously.


I'm sooooo looking forward to reading another post of yours! Remember to always take good care of YOU!


Holiday Heart Hugs! (Do we know one another? Your screen name looks familiar.)











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Registered: 04-04-2008
In reply to: merelybeingme
Wed, 12-24-2008 - 6:14pm
Hello, I made it back. After my appointment I had to go right to work. Anyway, The doctor said that my test came back negative! He said that everything looked okay, no swelling of my heart, and it doesn't appear to have any blockage. He said my thyroids are normal. Also, he saw on the heart monitor and the stress test results, that there weren't many skipped beats. He is not sure why the beats are like that because the tests I took did not show anything major. When I had the portable heart monitor on, my heart did not race or skip many beats. I said to myself, "Now that you got some attention, why is your heart acting like it should and not like its been acting"? On numerous occasions, my heart would beat out of control, feeling like it hits against my chest wall and wanting to come out sometimes making me feel lightheaded. But when I go to the specialist, my heart acts like an obedient child. So the tests came back looking like I made everything up! My heart had the chance to put on a five-star performance, but it decided to act shy. So he gave my a prescription for Bystolic, which is supposed to stop the irregular heart beats or at least slow them down. He told me that my "bad" cholesterol was 140, and he wants me to lower it to 100. So he gave me some literature on lowering my cholesterol, and the prescription, and made an appointment for three months from now. He said that if any thing happens during that time to give him a call.
anonymous