Jul 19, 2009
I was diagnosed with PSVT, or Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia, the end of February (2009) when I was rushed to the emergency room by ambulance. I was just leaving lunch at my college dining hall and on my way to class I could feel my heart start pounding and my chest tightening. My neck also felt very tight and I was having some difficulty breathing (shortness of breath). In the past, I have had minor heart palpitations, at which time I would instinctively lie down for a couple minutes until it passed. I sat through class hoping it would pass, though my friends could tell I didn't feel right and they said I didn't look right. After class, my friend convinced me to go see the nurse because she could see my neck moving from the heart pounding. I did, and the nurse couldn't get a heart rate or a blood pressure manually. She was finally able to get a heart rate by using a pulse ox. monitor and it read 242 bpm. She put me on oxygen and called for an ambulance transport. After a traumatic ambulance ride and emergency room experience, they ran several tests and kept me overnight for observation. In the morning, the cardiologist diagnosed PSVT and prescribed 25 mg. atenolol once daily. I thought the medication was controlling it until recently. Wednesday, July 15th, (2009) I was driving home from a friends house to get ready for work and I felt that same feeling that I recognized all too well. I was wanting a number, so I got home and tried to get my blood pressure/heart rate on my mom's home machine. It read error all three times I tried. I called in to work and my dad took me to the emergency room where we went through the whole routine of getting the heart rate down (adenocine). The E.R. Dr. increased my atenolol to twice daily and instructed me to see a specific cardiologist (specializes in the electrical pathways of the heart) as soon as possible. I called to make my appointment, and the receptionist said that I wasn't supposed to make the appointment myself, the E.R. was supposed to send them a referral and apparently, they hadn't. She informed me that this cardiologist is booked solid through Aug, which is when I must return to college out of town. I'm not sure what to do and I feel caught in the middle just wanting answers.