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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