Heart Race

I've been feeling so much better lately. My energy is improving all the time. No significant chest pain, and I'm recovering from workouts so much better than before. I can do a full hour on my elliptical relatively easily and feel completely fine the next day, as long as I have enough rest days. I really wanted to start training for my ultimate goal- running a half-marathon- but I think that may be pushing it. It's deceiving because exercise feels so much easier when I'm doing it now, since I'm can breathe normally, that it's very easy to push myself too hard and then end up sick. So I'm playing it safe. I still want to race, of course, but I'll stick to 10km max for right now. There's another…
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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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