Oct 25, 2010
Oct. 3, 2010
After 54 years of PSVT, I've had enough! I spoke to my PCP, and he recommended that I see a cardiologist. The cardiologist put me on a 30 day monitor which recorded some classic SVT events. I don't know if the cardiologist thought I was blowing smoke, having never recorded one of my events, but when he saw the first recording, he called me immediately and upped my dosage of Metoprolol which had been cut back at my request. He immediately set up an appointment with a respected EP out of UMass
The EP looked at the traces, and proclaims that it bears all of the markers of Wolff Parkinson White syndrome. It's abrupt and hits hard. He thinks that it could be easily fixed by ablation. He offers some options wich include different kinds of meds, but I want to get rid of this once and for all! EP is in agreement.
Scheduler calls with a date of Nov.16. for my procedure. I'm pumped! Nervous, but pumped. Scheduler set an appointment a week prior to see an anestheseologist to discuss my sedation. Says I should show up "fully prepped". After having hernia surgery twice, I know what that means!
Oct. 24, 2010
Had my forth SVT event of October. This time I was sitting in church! That was a first for me. Maybe it was a message. I managed to quickly convert by using my usual Valsalva move.
Oct. 25, 2010
I received a call from the scheduler today with a time change to see the anesthesiologist. I took the opportunity to ask him if he knew what kind of sedation the EP likes to use. "Oh, your out. Don't worry about it", he said. "Out" is good I thought. Now the waiting game. For me, the prophet of doom, it's sometimes worse than the procedure itself. Waiting.........
Oct. 26, 2010
Today I woke up with a terrible stuffy nose and the start of a bad cold. This is actually good news because I'll be over it by my procedure date. The sneezing I was having all day has taken its toll on me, and I've had some PVCs and a short run of SVT after dinner. It dropped out quickly and wasn't enough to count as an event.
Oct. 27, 2010
File this under "What are the chances?". About a month ago, I was listening to Doctor Radio on Sirius/XM. The Doctor/host, Dr, Fred Feit was talking about heart health. I sent in a email with a quesiton about ablation and its associated risks. I listened fo the entire 2 hours, but my question was never addressed. I eventually all but forgot abot it. Today, I jumped in the car a few minutes before 6PM to meet my wife in our little town for dinner, and I flipped on the satellite radio. The radio so sooner came on and there was Dr. Feit wrapping up his broadcast and about to address an email from a listener named Tom in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. For a confused micro-second I though, "Hey a guy named Tom from my town!" I listened intently while Dr. Feit first read my question, then proceded to render his opinion which was basically to talk with the EP then make an intellegent decision on meds versus ablation, and how the problem interferes with daily activities. I have chosen the later.