I had quadruple bypass surgery 2 weeks ago yesterday. Within the last 3 days, I have begun to have what I called a hiccup in my heart rate where my heart races, feels as though it is flopping. This lasts for just a few moments and then goes away. It is a powerful feeling and I can feel it when I place my palm on my chest area. It is occurring more frequently as the days go by but does not last any longer than a few minutes at a time. It can happen when I am sitting, when I stand or am walking. The nurse today called it a gallup or gallop (sp). What does this mean since I have never experienced it before?
I found out yesterday why I had been having these heart gallops, palpitations, PVC's, and atrial fibrilations (all things mentioned by dtrs and nursing professionals for what I was feeling), my hiccups, as I called them.
When I went to get labs drawn at the hospital yesterday morning, I was called back within an hour to come immediately back to the hospital for transfusions. My hemoglobin (normal is 12-14) was at 3. I had blue fingernails and numb fingertips, thought it was just the cold. My heart had been working extra hard trying to pump red blood that wasnt there.
After the first transfusion, the palpitations stopped. Thank God an alert lab stopped and called my dtr immediately upon seeing the numbers.
I am no longer breathless today, no palpitations, good color in fingernails and face, etc.
Wondering why I was not put on Iron supplement immediately after the surgery??
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