My Broken Heart

I mean this literally my heart is actually broken… (Me and Mr T are still blissfully happy)

Around a month ago I was admitted to A&E I’d been having chest pains, Tachycardia (fast heart rate) and heart palpitations. After 14 hours, 5 ECGs, A CT scan, 2 Blood tests to make sure i didn’t have a heart attack they were no closer to what was wrong with me.


I continued to have Tachycardia since then plus dizziness, feeling like I going to faint and the tiredness is awful. Last week I went to see a heart doctor after being referred by my GP. He did another ECG which came up as Abnormal, I wasn’t expecting that as all my other ones had been ok. According to my GP the heart guy is very good and he can pick up things that look normal to others.

They’ve called what I have IST or Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia is a rare type of cardiac arrhythmia. It’s when your sinus node the primary pacemaker of the heart has consistently elevated rates and exaggerated responses to minimal physiologic activity.

It’s racing even when I’m lying down. I am constantly exhausted, I feel  like I’m going to faint a few times a day, along with palpitations, dizziness and a real lack of concentration. As much as It’s not pleasant and stops me doing things, I am relieved to say that IST isn’t life threatening


ECG showing IST

 

There’s a few things they can try after they rule out any major heart defects. Like Beta blockers, calcium channel blockers to slow the heart rate and if they don’t work there is ablation where they try to fix the faulty electrics in the sinus node and lastly if all else fails a pacemaker.

So I’m waiting patiently on an appointment coming through for an echocardiogram, a stress test and a 24 hour ECG. I’m hoping they can sort me out soon

 

Lisa x

 

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