Wednesday, August 24, 2011

tearin' up my heart


my heart is not fully n'sync.

back in late july i had a follow-up appointment with the cardiologist to go over the findings from the event monitor (which btw, cost a mere $1,200 for 30-days of use) and my echocardiogram (~$550). sadly they don't give you a picture of the heart ultrasound like you get when you have a baby ultrasound. the echo was cool though and i will be tagging along with all my friends to their ultrasounds so i can watch.

echocardiogram
it's... twins!
just kidding. i'm not growing babies in my heart.

anyway. the doc said i had a sinus arrythmia and premature ventricular contractions (pvc's). he said that these are "common" abnormalities to have and not life-threatening. you can take medicine for them but it's a pill (or two) every day for the rest of your life (a beta blocker maybe? i don't remember), and you can't take them anyway if you have asthma (like me). my doctor said that i didn't need to take anything unless the episodes were interfering with my quality of life, so i'm glad i don't have to get any new prescriptions. they still wake me up in the middle of the night from time to time but happen less often overall.

i am still taking a magnesium supplement (500mg) daily; i started doing this after i had to have an iv of magnesium in the emergency room. a quick googling of "running+pvc's" landed me on the in motion blog. the runner (john) noticed his in the hot, humid weather and found that his magnesium levels were also low. low magnesium does not necessarily cause pvc's, but let this be a reminder to keep all of your electrolytes in check no matter what time of year!

in summary, i'll survive. hopefully these things will continue to subside and maybe even stop altogether one day. thanks for all the kind thoughts and prayers this summer.
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  1. While it doesn't sound like much fun, I'm glad to hear that it's not life threatening. I assume the doc didn't tell you to stop running, or anything crazy like that, eh?

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  2. That's great news that it won't cause any long-term, life threatening issues! And that you don't have to take more medicine. Hope they subside though and stop waking you up! What nerve!

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  3. Thanks for the update! I had wondered a few times what the outcome was! Glad it's nothing life threatening; although I know it's still scary for ya!

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  4. Glad you got some answers and that it's not life threatening. Hope it subsides for you!

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  5. Not nice but something you can live with and do what you want to do. Lets hope it settles over time. All the best!

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  6. It certainly doesn't sound fun, but glad to hear it isn't life threatening.

    Thanks for the update!

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  7. so happy that you are having twin heart babies! yay! just kidding.

    glad you are ok and can continue on your road to recovery. :)

    kudos on the n sync pic. lol

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  8. I think I have a little of a sinus arrhythmia as well, it's nothing to be worried about. And at work, with everyone on a monitor 24/7, you'd be surprised at how many people have PVCs, it seems like pretty much everybody.
    Glad it's nothing serious, I don't want you to have to change your life because of this!

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  9. I'm so sorry you are continuing to deal with this. It's scary when it's something so major. Fingers crossed things will turn in the right direction for you.

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  10. Still sucky but glad to hear you have some options. Hopefully it will get lost soon.

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  11. I am so glad it isn't too serious and you don't need meds (bleck). I hope that the episodes are infrequent and don't mess with you training. :)

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  12. I play a doctor on my blog sometimes, but I'm glad it's not life threatening.

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  13. Sending good vibes your way, LD!

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  14. Oh gees louise! That's not the worst news ever thankfully but certainly not very comforting either. I'm sorry girl, I will continue to keep you in my prayers for a fast recovery from all this b.s.

    One of these days we'll both be back up and running at 100%!!!

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  15. PVC's definitely are a common thing-especially with us "women" folk! So many(benign)things can cause them to flare up, hormones, stress, weather, the way the planets are aligned, etc.....glad to hear that's all it is. KEEP up with your mag-every day! Now's the time to get started on a good regime of supplements!
    Skip the beta-blocker, it's just a money maker to the pharmaceuticals and it will make your Albuterol NOT effective because the Albuterol is a beta drug and if you take a beta-blocker....there ya go.....it won't work.

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  16. For a second I thought you were going to tell us you were going to see NSYNCNKOTBSBabcdefg in concert. Don't scare me like that.

    Glad you don't need to add any new meds to your granny-style weekly pill case. :)

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  17. Oh man, I'm sorry you're dealing with this but I'm glad it's not life threatening or affecting your quality of life too much. I hope that these things do subside with time!

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  18. Sorry to hear that you have that condition. Hopefully it doesn't become too much of an issue, sounds like listening to your body is paramount for you. Good luck and hopefully the symptoms don't come back that often.

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  19. i'm so happy for you that it isn't anything life threatening, but that still sucks it's an issue. yay for answers though, and being able to run!

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  20. I am thrilled to know that this is not life threatening and while a PITA it is much better than the alternative.

    Now go stain the table.

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  21. So glad you got an answer!!!! Glad it's not too bad, sounds like you're going to be just fine :) YAY!

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  22. So what does this mean for your running? I hope it is good news, meaning that you can run. I am with you on drugs, do not like them!

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  23. Keep improving and feeling better. I hope you are encouraged by this news.

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  24. Very happy to hear, I've been worried about ya!

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  25. Oh, heart problems are scary! I am glad you are getting some good advice. Sorry that you can't take the medicine, but glad you can get by without.
    Take care of yourself!

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  26. I'm glad it's nothing super serious. Just FYI there are some beta blockers that you crazy asthmatics can take, if it gets to the point that you need it. I've heard the mag IVs are awful, sorry you had to deal with that!

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  27. I am happy to hear you are OK and that your heart will continue to beat to the drum of your running shoes!!!

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  28. I believe this is good news (esp. considering the possibilities). One of my brothers was diagnosed with the same thing when he was a child. He has never had any problems. He's pushing 40 and is a runner as well. Best to luck to you!!

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  29. What a relief to at least know what's wrong. Sounds manageable, too. Yay!

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  30. I'm glad the doctors were able to solve the mystery! FWIW, one of my kids' rowing coaches won Olympic Gold and Silver in the single scull with PVCs. A little medicine and it's a piece of cake!

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  31. Well, let's hope that you get your sleep back soon!

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  32. Hi again Lindsay!

    I hope you are ok with your SWEET heart.

    Greetings from Spain. See you and forgive me my broken English.

    I follow kenyans too!

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  33. Glad you got an answer on what was happening. Great news that it isn't anything more serious!

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  34. Glad you got some answers, and that it wasn't anything more serious.
    Hope it goes away soon.

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  35. Yes, definitely great to have some answers. And I'm so relieved you are doing well and this is not life-threatening. <3

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