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Spent a few hours in the ER last night

post #1 of 28
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Everything is fine though.

DH and I were lying in bed watching a DVD last night, and I noticed my heart rate seemed pretty fast. After the DVD finished I tried to take my pulse, but it was too fast and a bit over the place, so I grabbed the blood pressure monitor instead. My heart beat was all over the place, and it said my pulse was 160 . I did it 2 more times, and they both said 153.

So I called the cardiology doc on call, and she said just to go to the ER so they could do an EKG and check it out. It was already late, so it was midnight by the time we got to the hospital.

The EKG was all over the place, so they got me a bed. They hooked me up to everything, and it was fascinating watching my heart rate. It was bouncing all over the place - it wouldn't stay the same for more than half a second. It was bouncing between about 95 and 160, so definitely irregular!

They gave me some beta blocker drugs by IV, and that settled things down within about 5-10 minutes. They took blood and an x-ray, then we had to wait until all the blood test results came back.

Everything was fine, so I was released about 3am. I have to go see my cardiologist this week again, but I daresay they'll tell me to try taking extra oral beta blockers if it happens again, then go back to the ER if it continues.

The doctors last night were surprised that an aorta replacement could affect anything that had to with the bits that control the electrical impulses of the heart. So they looked at the surgery notes and apparently when they did my surgery, they had to detach, then "reimplant" the right coronary artery, which apparently CAN affect the electrical impulses. So I may have this happen again. Basically the heart is getting irritated by something (funnily enough, it's not too happy after heart surgery...), and this is causing the whacky heartbeat.

So there you go. That was my fun night
post #2 of 28
That is not good, take extra good care of yourself
post #3 of 28
That sounds scary!! I'm glad your home though. Do they know if this is temporary or if it might be something you have to watch forever?
post #4 of 28
Yikes! Thats scary - take care of yourself Sarah!
post #5 of 28
That is SO scary Sarah!

I am so glad that you are okay!
post #6 of 28
Oh Sarah, that is sooo scarry I'm glad you are ok now. Try to just take it easy and keep a close watch on your heart rate
post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by snosrap5 View Post
That sounds scary!! I'm glad your home though. Do they know if this is temporary or if it might be something you have to watch forever?
I believe they expect it to be temporary. I certainly hope so, it wipes me out!

It's interesting being in the ER (first and hopefully last time there). The guy next to me had spent a heap of time in hospital last year with pneumonia, and had a bit of a cough and a fever, so his doctor said to go straight to the ER to get chest x-rays to make sure it wasn't pneumonia again. His son sounded like he drove him (and his mum) in, and was really peeved at being at hospital for over 4 hours in the middle of the night. Granted, the father didn't sound very sick, but I can imagine you'd be a little paranoid about it. So they were having a big family fight...

Then there was a guy down the corridor snoring SO loudly. And another guy was just yelling out in pain for ages. I felt like yelling out to him to be a man and deal with it

Then as we were getting ready to leave, they put over the pager system that there was 2 adult trauma patients coming in 15 minutes. They had just got there as we were leaving, and one of the guys was just like one big bruise, with a neck brace on, and not conscious.

They paged again saying there was another trauma patient coming in, and that helicopter was landing as we were leaving.

Scary place. I'd hate to work in the ER.
post #8 of 28
Oh my! How scary! that it is temporary and doesn't happen again!
post #9 of 28
Oh goodness, I'm glad you're ok.
post #10 of 28
Wow, that is scary! Glad to hear you're ok!
post #11 of 28
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That sounds scary!! I'm glad your home though.
...............you at home!...

for you my friend!...
post #12 of 28
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It was actually more annoying than scary... I knew it wasn't life threatening or anything, but I knew it should be looked at sooner rather than later, since beating like that makes it impossible to sleep, and wears the heart out, then affects oxygen levels and blah blah blah.
post #13 of 28
Take care of yourself and keep us updated!! I'll be praying for you!
post #14 of 28
Yikes! That is scary...but so glad your ok!!
post #15 of 28
My goodness Sarah! I am so glad you are okay after that.. I would be ..

Please stay safe
post #16 of 28
What a tiring night! I really hope this doesn't happen again.
post #17 of 28
I'm glad you'll be all right! I had my own scare last night when I had to call 911 b/c my s/o was throwing up blood. He's still in the hospital till they can determine what's wrong with him..

I hope you'll be okay!

~KK~
post #18 of 28
Many vibes for you to feel better! That had to have been a scary experience! And I hate hospitals, too.

post #19 of 28
Continued good coming that way.
post #20 of 28
I'm glad it stopped and I hope that's the last of it for you!

I felt so nosy when I took my Mom to the ER a few weeks back! I kept listening to everything going on (more interesting than listening to Mom snore) and I could see the main entrance for the patients that arrived by ambulance. It was a pretty quiet night for them though. The most fun was listening to the cop talk to the parents of the teenager in the next 'room' over about how the kid hit someone's house. (It had snowed the day before and I guess he was going too fast) I don't think he did much damage to the house and he seemed OK too. Hope he learned to slow down there.
post #21 of 28
That must have been scary. Hopefully they can get to the bottom of the cause and figure out how to treat it/prevent that from happening again.


Did you ever find out what caused that swelling? (and if that wasn't you, I'm sorry - my brain must be a bit off at the moment. )
post #22 of 28
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That must have been scary. Hopefully they can get to the bottom of the cause and figure out how to treat it/prevent that from happening again.


Did you ever find out what caused that swelling? (and if that wasn't you, I'm sorry - my brain must be a bit off at the moment. )
Mmmmm no swelling for me as far as I remember
post #23 of 28
Ok, I must have confused you with someone else that was flying to another country to visit family for the holidays.
post #24 of 28
glad you are back home
just take it slow, and take care of yourself.
post #25 of 28
Oh Im sorry that happened! That happened to my Gpa right after his tripple bypass! He landed in the ER too!

Im a weirdo though and love to be at the hospital, right in the middle of all the excitment!! I loved interning there, and the best part was working on the ambulances! CANT WAIT TO DO IT ALL THE TIME!

Im so glad you're okay &
post #26 of 28
I'm so glad that you are in tune with your body enough to know that something was wrong and went to the ER!

I hope things settle down for you. Our bodies came with 2 of pretty much everything and we can often do without one, but unfortunately we only came with one heart and when there is problems with it, it tends to be a scarey feeling.

Sending you lots and lots of healing vibes!
post #27 of 28
Oh man Sarah, I would've been flipping out!!

How was Andrew through the whole thing?
post #28 of 28
I'm glad you're sorted out and okay....I know how scary that fast heart rate is!
When I was about 20 or so, I started having sudden spurts of very fast heartbeats. You could literally watch my shirt move. They would only last a couple minutes then wash out just as quickly as they came. I had tests run, I wore a monitor....nothing showed up. Keeping in mind my father had serious heart condition...it was worrying. But it didn't happen often and it's amazing what you can get used to, ya know?
Anyways, later in my early 30s, they came on one night and just wouldn't quit, if it did, it came right back a couple breathes later. After dealing with it for a 3-4 hours(what was I thinking?) we went to the ER....pulse rate 240. They couldn't believe it and like you I was given something by IV that chilled the heartrate right out and I went home with meds and appt to see cario dr.
They determined that I had an extra nerve in my heart that keep the impulses trapped in a circle basically instead of it finishing the beat and moving on. Scheduled surgery and afterwards the doc told me that I was his first ever patient to have not 1 but 3 extra nerves...so no wonder! They zapped them though and I have been ok since.
Just sharing the experience because you just never know when it might help yours or someone else.
I do hope you will be fine and no more trips to the ER...they can be so exhausting, huh?
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