Cardiology & Conundrums

Yesterday I saw a cardiologist fro the first time.

I’ve had many EKG’s because my pulse runs really high, but I had yet to see someone for it. My pulse was running around 120-140 bpm all the time, until I started propranolol two weeks ago. I’m now on 60mg of extended release propranolol, and my pulse is 100-115 bpm most of the time. So, there is some improvement but not a lot.

They did multiple EKG’s, and echo, and a stress test, which I wasn’t expecting. During the stress test my heart rate got up to 190 bpm. That’s not good at all. Last week I had a 24 hour Hilter monitor, so she also looked at those results. Besides being incredibly tachycardic they didn’t find any abnormalities with my heart. Because of this the cardiologist sent a referral to a Cardiac Electrophysiologist.

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I’m happy nothing appears to be seriously wrong with my heart, but it’s annoying to constantly get results that come back “fine” when you’re obviously not fine. I’ve tried a few other medications for the tachycardia ( metoprolol & Nadolol ) but they both caused my blood pressure to bottom out. My blood pressure has run a little low on the propranolol, but nothing too bad.

We’re on to yet another specialist, or as the cardiologist called him a “super specialist.” I hope he’ll have some answers for me, but the cardiologist doesn’t think he’ll be able to do much. I’d rather not have a heart attack at 30 or some other major heart problem, because I have issues now that aren’t being resolved. Being chronically ill is strange, because you want everything to be okay, but then you tired of getting “good” results when they can’t figure out whats wrong with you.

On an unrelated note, in a previous post I mentioned briefly that my Grandmother was diagnosed with oral squamous cell cancer and is  having her surgery next Thursday. Any prayers and positive thoughts would be very appreciated! If they find cancer in the bone, then she’ll have to have another surgery to remove a major portion of her jaw, and then transplant part of her tibia to hold her jaw together. In other words, it wouldn’t be good situation, so we are hoping and praying for the best news possible.

Have you been to an electrophysiologist? If so, what was your experience like?

Lots of Love,

Alyssa

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6 thoughts on “Cardiology & Conundrums

    1. We don’t have any heart disease, and I’ve had thyroid function tests before and everything was fine, but I’m going to my GP next week and I’m going to ask her to repeat it. My dad had thyroid cancer and had all of it removed, so it would make sense if I had a thyroid issue. All of my blood work normally comes back fine or just barely off to the point they don’t suspect anything. If you have any ideas, I’m willing to hear them!

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      1. increased heart rate have lots of differentials..most common things are anaemia,arrhythmias,thyroid hormone imbalance,certain medications for asthma,cough can increase heart rate, and also anxiety,withdrawal to alcohol can also cause the heart rate to increase…i feel you should exclude all the common possibilities first…if the thyroid function is done more than two months before you can repeat it.may be the blood routine test can exclude anaemia.any electrolyte imbalance especially potassium can cause an arrhythmia……..and please dont worry..i hope that your doctors will help you find out what is wrong

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  1. I hope you get answers. You are in diagnosis hell. You don’t know what it is. You don’t know what to wish for any more, you just want some answers. As I said, I hope you get answers.
    Best to your grandmother, my thoughts are with her.

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