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Be still my beating heart...update

malkin2012-06-02 07:37:45 +0000 #1
Well, no, don't be completely still, but somewhere way under 200 bpm is really best.

So, I've got this heart thing...met the cardiologist, and he's not someone I'd want to date, but I trust his reputation and all that. I'm set up to get ablated next week and I'm a good candidate and all, but I'm screamin' nervous, and of course still having bouts of crazy heartbeats.

I learned that these episodes can sometimes be aborted by holding your breath & bearing down or massaging the carotid artery. ( There is also something about dipping your face in ice water, but I haven't tried that one.)

So this afternoon, I was at school chatting with a mom of one of the kidsand I feel this wild rapid heart rate starting. So while she's talking, I take a huge breath and PUSH while nodding my head and trying to look perfectly casual. The breath isn't really helping so I continue trying to look natural while squeezing my neck like I'm trying to strangle myself.

It worked and stopped the palps; I'm not sure how ridiculous I looked.


Catrin2012-06-02 07:41:06 +0000 #2
Yikes! I do hope that the procedure goes well - sending thoughts and prayers your way.
solobiker2012-06-02 08:25:09 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by Catrin

Yikes! I do hope that the procedure goes well - sending thoughts and prayers your way.

+1 Positive vibes heading your way.
OakLeaf2012-06-02 08:15:00 +0000 #4
Sending good thoughts your way. Hope all goes smoothly.
redrhodie2012-06-02 08:19:38 +0000 #5
What is the procedure? Is it surgery?

I know how nervous you feel. You should get a massage.
Crankin2012-06-02 09:48:06 +0000 #6
Good luck, Malkin.

When is it?
pll2012-06-02 10:39:37 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by Crankin

Good luck, Malkin.

+1

And I second Red's suggestion of a massage.
Chicken Little2012-06-02 09:04:12 +0000 #8
So what are they calling it? SVT? Atrial Fib? You are about to undergo a fascinating procedure. Just for fun, you could also try a good cough when your heart rate flips out in public. It would seem awkward to do the bear down thing, I can see your point! Massage is a good suggestion- have them leave your neck alone until after the procedure.

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