September Stress Test

This month marks one year since finding out I have an ASD! What better way to celebrate than by having a stress test :P I headed to ERH early this morning for my test with Dr. D. After putting on a gown and getting all the electrodes and belt attached to me, I was able to update Dr. D. on how I've been doing lately and ask him some of my questions. However, this visit was mostly for the stress test, so I didn't have the chance to ask all the questions on my annoying long list-next time! I described my chest pain and he said it doesn't sound like a dangerous type, so that's good. I also told him about the fatigue I'm still having. He said if it…
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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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The Beginning

Today I had my first echocardiogram. I wasn't having any heart problems, nothing of the sort. I had been getting the veins fixed in one of my legs and in order to continue with schlerotherapy treatment- basically injecting foam into my veins so they stick closed and no longer bulge- I had to get an echo done to make sure my heart was in tip-top shape. I found the procedure fascinating! I admit, I'm an ER/Grey's Anatomy junkie, so anything medical intrigues me. I had never been hooked up to an ECG before, so monitoring my heart rate, (and noticing how nervous I was!) was quite interesting. I also thought it was really neat watching the screen and seeing the blotches of blue and red slosh through my heart. It…
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