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Glad to see cardio, but afraid to see cardio

Feb 04, 2009 - 3 comments

Now that my family doctor has seen my rhythm strips he wants me to see a cardiologist.  I suppose that's a good thing, to have a specialist take a look to make sure everything is OK, but at the same time, it's dragging out the stress and worry that much longer.  It sounds like the intent of the appointment is a consultation where we'll discuss medication options and such.  Didn't sound like additional tests would be scheduled (at least not at this point).  

I'm really apprehensive about the prospect of being placed on a life-long medication, and would like to avoid it if I can.  Even though I'm 40, I still feel pretty young and am in pretty good shape.  I still do all the things I did when I was 20, just maybe not as fast or as hard as I used to.

But the fear has a grip on me.  I find myself nervous about physically exerting myself, feeling like I'm taking a leap of faith each time I get on the treadmill that I'll be getting off the treadmill under my own power.  A big part of that is because nobody (except a brief chat with the event monitor nurse) has been able to tell me what they see, what it's called and if it's dangerous.  I assume it's not immediately so, otherwise someone would have called me in to the ER.  But I also assumed someone was reading my rhythm strips for the last week, and nobody was.

Damn.  Yesterday afternoon I was feeling pretty calm and confident, and today I'm a ball of nerves.  I hate this.

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187666 tn?1331173345
by ireneo, Feb 04, 2009
You are absolutely right - if the monitor people saw something dangerous, you would have been called immediately by your doctor. They can't tell you what they see but they know enough to tell the difference. They have to. But waiting and waiting for answers is hard on the patient. You want to put a name to what you're feeling and understand how it works.

If you're having PVC's and your heart is normal, the only need for medicine would be for your comfort and peace of mind. I personally don't like to take medications unless absolutely necessary. Too often the side effects are just as bad as the problem. But many people choose to take meds for PVC's to reduce the number and sensations of the ectopics. It all depends on what you can tolerate.

I do the treadmill at the gym along with weights. Some days I get by just fine; some days my heart just won't shut up and skips and races every time I try to exercise. Those days I give up and go home. But I don't give up all together. I keep going back for more. I'm not about to turn into a couch potato just because my heart's a brat now and then.

When is your next appointment?

Irene

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by Wisconsin2007, Feb 04, 2009
Hi Irene, I couldn't post a note to your profile, so I sent you an email (I think).  Anyway, here's what I sent:

Hi Irene -

My next appointment is with the cardiologist on Friday, which has been defined as a consultation to discuss possible medications.  

I'm like you - I don't want to take anything if I don't have to, and it sounded as though these medications were going to be used so that I "wouldn't feel them anymore".  I'll need to make sure the cardio understands that as long as she thinks the short bursts of some sort of SVT are not life threatening (I'm used to the PVC's - I don't often sweat those), I'd just as soon not take the meds.  Too many people here report being sluggish and tired, and I don't want to be unnecessarily taxing my kidneys or liver for years if I don't have to.

My job is a physical one, so I think that's part of my worry, too.  

Yeah, I worry a lot.

Thanks for your note - I could give you a big hug and smooch.  :x (with my wife's approval, of course.  :) )


187666 tn?1331173345
by ireneo, Feb 04, 2009
Got your MedHelp message and replied.

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