So here is a bit more about what has happened over the last few days. I have a history of super ventricular tachycardia - my heart beats too fast. I have had since medical school. It used to beat at 210/minute. I had it controlled with meds and eventually with an ablation (burn the inside of your heart to remove the extra electrical paths). I actually had 2 of these done during medical school. Mine turned out to be a bit more complicated. They knew at the end of the 2nd one that it wasn't completely successful. I also had major complications from it and lost half of my blood into my abdomen from one of the wires they had used. I spent 4 days in the cardiac icu in Baltimore. I refused a blood transfusion because I knew where that blood pool came from. (it wasn't really life or death, I was just going to be extremely weak and fatigued without it). I was so short of breath for the next month. I couldn't walk up a flight of stairs or more than one block at a time. But overtime I got better. My cardiologist told me that there were only 3 places in the country that he could send me to for my crazy heart. Mayo happened to be one of them and I had just matched there for residency.
|This is what mine looked like (not my actual one but very similar).|
The ED happened to a bit busy with lots of really sick patients. In order to get my heart to slow down, they wanted to give me a medication that stops your heart for a few seconds. Then the heart restarts and hopefully at the normal rate. I have had this before while I was under deep sedation. It is a very unpleasant feeling and caused me to actually wake up out of sedation to see my heart flat lined on the monitor. Needless to say, I wasn't really looking forward to this. So after a few hours of dealing with sicker patients, they finally got back to me. They pushed the med. The only way I can describe it is - you feel like you are laying on the bottom of a 12 foot deep -but empty pool. Then the medicine pumps through you and it feels like the pool is suddenly being filled with hot water - like a giant hot wave is crashing down on you. You feel like you can't breathe - that you are kind of being crushed. But then your realize you can breathe and your heart starts to beat again. Well - I felt all those things - but my heart didn't stop. Just kept going. Not good. I got another med pushed through my IV, and after a few minutes my heart finally slowed down (it had been stuck for 4 hours at this point). If that hadn't worked, I would have had to be shocked. Also not pleasant and would require some sedation to do so.
More to come later....
|What a normal ECG looks like.|