Posted By Lynn on July 27, 1999 at 10:13:11
I posted on July 8th after I had been hospitalized for a sudden episode of bradycardia (bpm 38). Since then, I have had another episode of bradycardia that has lasted for the past 5 days. I also had an upper G.I. done which revealed nothing that would explain the bradycardia. I am feeling light headed, dizzy and some mid chest pressure. My BP last evening was 100 / 58. I have been increasing fluids, etc., but still feeling poorly. My pulse falls into the 40's and then it will go up into the 80's at times. The faster my heart beats the more I feel a pounding sensation in my chest. Should the next step be to have more GI tests or should I have my heart checked for other possibilities, as I have no heart blockage or damage? I truly appreciate your help. Thank you.
Posted By CCF CARDIO MD- CRC on July 27, 1999 at 11:07:00
Dear Lynn (Tanja?),
What kind of heart evaluations have you had? Generally vagal reactions only last for a minute or two. If it is lasting longer than I would question bradycardia due to a GI source.
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Posted By Tanja Lynn on July 27, 1999 at 12:28:13
When I was hospitalized, I had a gallbladder ultrasound; an ultrasound of the heart; and a stress test that involved a nuclear injection. I had to be scanned for 15 minutes prior to exercise; then I exercised on a treadmill and then was scanned post-exercise for 15 minutes. Everything came back normal. My blood work was normal. Now my upper GI is normal, too! My understanding of these tests were to determine if there was any blockage or heart attack damage. What about electrical activity of the heart? My sister had Wolff-Parkinson White syndrome and had the node burned out and now she has chronic bradycardia. Her cardiologist told her she had to learn to live with her HR in the 30's and 40's!
Thanks again for your response and help.
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