I Am Now Wearing A Heart Monitor
Thursday, December 12, 2019
In August, during preparation for an EGD procedure (a tube placed in my esophagus) the nurse called attention to the monitor and she and the doctor said that I was in A-Fib. The procedure was still done, but afterward, instead of going home, I was taken to the Cardio Unit and stayed overnight so that I could be monitored. I was put on two medications: Eliquis to thin my blood and Metoprolol to control my heartbeat. I was also told that I would have A-Fib for the rest of my life. I talked to my Dr. and she agreed with this treatment. Since August, I have followed this treatment. Then I heard the term Situational A-Fib. I have had 3 spinal surgeries in 2 years and before each surgery my heart was checked for any abnormalities. None were found. Before the above EGD procedure I was told to NOT have anything to eat or drink after 10 PM. I didn't. I was also told to take my BP med before coming to the hospital with just a sip of water. I did. My BP medication is Hydrochlorothiazide which causes you to urinate OFTEN. I would say that I averaged urinating about every 20 to 30 minutes. I arrived at the hospital at 7 AM. The procedure began at 11:30 AM. For 4-1/2 hours I was losing fluid at least 9 times which also led to a loss of magnesium. After talking to my doctor about this a week ago, she decided that to rule out Situational A-Fib, I should wear a heart monitor for up to 30 days (depending on what happens during this reading) and stop taking the Metoprolol (which regulates the heart beat). Readings from the monitor are being sent to a location which evaluates what is happening. If it is anything serious, my Dr. will be contacted immediately and she will call me to tell me what to do. If I don't have any events, the study will be shortened and she says that I will not have A-Fib. The girl who hooked me up to the monitor today stated that once you have been diagnosed with A-Fib, there is no question and you will always have it.
My question for you is...……….Have you ever heard of Situational A-Fib and do think there could be a false diagnosis or do you feel that once diagnosed, it is with you forever with no question of how it came on so suddenly when all of your other heart tests were good?
We have, as a group, experienced so many health issues. Has anyone out there ever experienced this? HELP...…………
I thank you ahead of time for any way you can help with this.