BENEFITING: American Heart Association
ORGANIZER: American Heart
So, you may or may not remember, a few years ago I was having some heart trouble. From the time my twins were 9 months old I had episodes of my heart racing. After seeing several doctors for several years who all told me, "it's not doing it right now." and no one being able to figure out what was happening, the "racing" increased and was now a daily occurance. I was fitted with a heart moniter that I could push a button on to record what was happening to my heart. After waiting about a week to find a location with a land line phone (who even has those things anymore anyway?!) I phoned in the results to the moniter company. My doctor called me on a Sunday in a semi-panic to put me on beta blockers( and something else I don't remember) it was decided I was having episodes of tachycardia (my heart was racing at over 175bpm for over 6 hours a day).
I had my first ablation on February 14, 2012. It was unsuccessful. I remember the alarms going off in the nurse's station while I was waiting in recovery and any nurse who happened to be in there freaking out because apparently when people have this issue they are hardly able to talk or function. My nurse would casually tell them it was fine, and I was fine. This doctor, who couldn't find or fix the area that was misfiring, referred me to a specialist at UofM in Ann Arbor.
My second ablation was on April 26, 2012. I was very nervous. I had been told the procedure would take 8-10 hours. Then I would have to lay flat for another 6-8 hours so the incisions in my femoral arties, where the ports had been, didn't open back up.I had to be woken up during the ablation process because my blood pressure was dropping too low and was awake while they were doing the acual ablation. It burned. The laying flat was probably the hardest part because my back muscles were all in a spasm and it was horribly painful. BUT, the ablation worked.
Three years later, I hardly remember I ever had an issue. I am very thankful I had the opportunity to get to the right doctors in the right hospitals, to fix my heart. For this reason, heart health is very important to me. Since my ablation, I have met or heard of MANY other people my age and younger, dealing with the same issue or similar issues, which leads me to believe something is going on here. Hopefully one of the amazing doctors or specialists who were able to listen to my heart and could actually HEAR the area where it was misfiring, can use their skills and knowledge to figure out why.
American Heart Association wrote -
Organization Mission: To improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20% while reducing deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke by 20% by the year 2020.
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