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Sunday, October 27, 2019

I saw the cardiologist on Wednesday. He seemed competent and was very nice, his nurse was really great. Unfortunately he practices the wrong specialty of cardiology. I know my primary dr. was just trying to get me in with someone asap, but he passed me on to someone else so I have to start over. He said that he deals with blockages, a plumber, and what I need is an electrician. So his office made an appointment for me with someone else in their network that is an electrician, but not until November 19th. I'm to stay on the meds until then and then see the new doctor. A few good things did come out of the appointment though.

He confirmed that this is PSVT which is the diagnosis that the ER gave me. It's not life-threatening in and of itself. It's scary, and feels awful, but according to the doctor unless I pass out and have an accident of some kind it's not going to be life-threatening. He explained a couple of things I can do if I need to stop an incident. He said I need to avoid stimulants so I'm off of caffeine which is hard, but not unmanageable. I'm drinking more water, so I guess that's a positive.

In addition to caffeine, I can't have decongestants because they are stimulants too. The kiddo has a nasty cold, so it's almost inevitable I will catch it. When I do catch it I won't be able to take the cold medicine that I usually rely on. I picked up some of the high blood pressure safe stuff and I'm hoping it's effective.

He also told me that I can return to exercising, but to be very aware of how I'm feeling and make sure I stop at the first sign of a problem, not try to power through. And of course today, being the first day I've had time for a nice walk, is cold a dreary. lol. But... maybe a walk away the pounds video later.

This cardiologist jumped right to explaining a process called ablation that would be a cure, he said the medicine is more of a band-aid than a real fix. He was ready to schedule that procedure with the other cardiologist right then and there. I told him I'd like to at least meet the other doctor first. A friend of a friend is about to have the procedure done next month, but she has lived with this for like 20 years with just meds on hand to take in case it flares up. It happened several times over the summer so that's why she's having it done now, but before that it was usually years in between incidents.

So... I'm back to waiting.
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  • MARDEG918
    I too have SVT's. My first one was at work and fortunately our mail person was also a part time ambulance driver. He took me to the hospital and got me looked at quick. Once they got my heart rate down, they sent me home and told me to check with my dr. The second one also happened at home and hubby drove me to the hospital. My girlfriend's husband is a cardiologist so I asked for him. They kept me overnight and sent me home. The third one happened at work and I called up the Dr and he took me in, This is when they gave me meds to slow my hear rate down (I have them with me at all times). I had my fourth episode Oct 24th. but I know what to do and took the pill. Each time they do tests, I wear the halter monitor and nothing shows up. He did tell me that the next time they will do the ablation. Hang in there.... I know it is scary at first but it does get better.
    591 days ago
    I'm sorry you don't have the answers you'd like any quicker, but I am glad that you seem to be getting good care on the way!
    603 days ago
    Sending prayers and positive thoughts
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  • no profile photo CD24558803
    Love when the doc explains things in terms I can understand. 4 weeks till you see the electrician isn’t bad. In Scot my mum is having to wait 7 weeks to see her gp for an ongoing issue that’s not life threatening.
    604 days ago
    A plumber to an electrician … great analogy!

    I'm glad you're getting somewhere, although I can imagine it's frustrating to have all these delays. Good luck!
    604 days ago
    They have perfected this a lot. I lost 100 lbs a couple years ago and mine went away. No need for meds. Good luck with what ever you choose🤗
    604 days ago
    I had this problem when I was 35. Was put on meds. Daily. Cardiologist wouldn’t do ablation on me because I was so young and I had 2 young girls. The procedure was to new. Last week a woman from work said her 7 year old grandson was having it done.
    604 days ago
    Hopefully the next Dr. will come up with the right relief.
    604 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    It sounds like this cardiologist was very informative and took the time to explain things to you. Hopefully you can get this resolved quickly. It is only a few weeks to your next appointment which is wonderful
    I hope everything goes well.
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  • GEORGE815
    Hope all this gets sorted out for you. Have a nice Sunday.
    604 days ago
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