Holter Monitor

On Tuesday/Wednesday I did my first Holter Monitor test. I went to hospital (ERH) at 2pm and they hooked me up to the device and sent me on my way. I kept a diary of any events that occurred and noted the time they happened. I had chest pain and shortness of breath while walking, heart flutters, I woke up gasping for breath three times that night, and my pulse was rather low the following day (43.) Sleeping was a bit rough because I think I was subconsciously worried that I would pull one of the leads off, so I had a rather restless night. Other than that, it was rather uneventful. Now I have a week of nothing planned (still off work!) and then the following week the assessments start: July…
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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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