Research Time

I found an excellent research study that sums up what's going on with me: Conduction Abnormality and Arrhythmia After Transcatheter Closure of Atrial Septal Defect [pdf] Conclusion: Transcatheter closure of ASD is associated with a transient increase in supraventricular premature beats and a small risk of conduction abnormalities and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation in early follow-up. Transcatheter closure of ASD does not reduce arrhythmia that appears prior to ASD closure. Larger device size and longer procedure time are associated with increased risk of supraventricular arrhythmia on early follow-up. Hopefully it is just transient, although I did get atrial flutter very infrequently before closure. (PS- CT is normal- no blood clots!)
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And Now Butterflies?

I have now been acquainted with heart butterflies, aka, atrial flutter. Let me backtrack... I was still feeling short of breath whenever I'd exert energy, i.e. having a shower or trying on different outfits, and my chest still felt like I was wearing a lead vest, so I called Cardiologist #2, and was able to get an appointment for today. In addition to those symptoms, I started feeling this odd fluttery sensation in my heart/throat. I first felt it after I climbed my apartment stairs a couple of days ago, and then it started happening on and off more frequently throughout the day. It's an odd sensation, like there's a butterfly in your chest, and it takes your breath away slightly. It happened frequently today, including the entire time I…
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Elephant in the Room

There actually isn't an elephant in the room, either literally or metaphorically, but it certainly feels like there is one sitting on my chest! Chest elephants, unfortunately, lead to ER visits. I had been recovering quite nicely at home with the help of my mom and sister. However, I think I got a bit too eager to recover and pushed myself too hard the last few days. On Sunday I went for my first "exercise" walk, which was much tamer than I'm used to, being a runner and all, but would still be considered exercise. I felt okay for the first 10 minutes but then I started feeling pressure in my chest and got really fatigued. I was determined to go back to work on Monday and thought it would…
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Surgery Day

Surgery Day finally arrived! My day started at 5am with pre-surgerical instructions to drink a cup of juice at this early (dreadful) hour. ;) Then I went for a little walk, got ready, and headed to New Westminster with my┬ámom. I got a phone call shortly afterward that they could take me in earlier than my 12pm appointment because the patient ahead of me was stuck in traffic, so I rushed over to the hospital and got myself registered. I still had to wait awhile, as the other patient actually did arrive in time, but it was no problem. I ended up finding the lovely sanctuary in the Cardiology Ward. They took me in for my pre-op, started my IV, gave me blood thinners, and asked me a ton of…
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Pre-Admission Clinic Visit

I had my pre-admission clinic visit yesterday, which I like to refer to as a hospital scavenger hunt. I arrived at the clinic at 9am and was sent off into the depths of the hospital with a map, a pencil, instructions to visit the lab and cardiology department, and told to report back to the clinic at 10:15, hence the feeling of a scavenger hunt. The lab was busy so that it took me the full hour to get my blood work done. I came back to the clinic and met with a nice nurse who asked me a ton of questions, looked at all my meds and supplements, and took my vitals, height, and weight. Then I went off to cardiology to get my ECG. (Sinus bradycardia but otherwise…
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