Post Edited (robb) : 6/8/2011 8:33:24 AM (GMT-6)
Thanks for the prayers Kitt! The only meds I am taking right now is plavix and an asprin. I was taking inderal la before surgery for migraines but surgen took me off.
Now for those of you about to have PFO closure. The procedure was a piece of cake. I had mine done at 9am and was back home by 6pm. I was put all the way out for mine. When they ran a camera up there a few weeks before I was awake for the whole thing. This time I was positioning my head just right so I could watch the monitor. The next thing I know I woke up in my hospital room with my beautiful wife standing over me. I had to lay still for about 5 hours or so. Then had to walk around ward. I felt great. They let me leave around 5pm. The 50 mile drive home made me a little sick to my stomach. I could feel the patch like the "chicken bone" I read about. The next couple days were spent watching a stash of John Wayne westerns my wife bought me I felt great and could not wait to start working out again. I had bad migraine exactly one week after surgery. I was devistated! I couldn't believe I got another one. Went back to Dr. for one week eval. Dr. told me not to get discouraged! That it may take as much as 6 months before the skin of the heart heals around the patch. That there was still a chance for little clots to get through. This made me feel so much better!! I had another migraine at about two weeks after surgery but this time it was all the symtoms but with little to no pain. It has now been five weeks. I am having some issues with my heart rate. Having to wear monitor. But no more migraines yet!!! My Dr. told me I could not do any heavy lifting for 4 to 6 weeks. If I had to do it all over again I would in a rapid heart beat Dont be scared! Just listen to your Dr. and do what he recommends! BYE BYE migraines forever! Good luck to all. If you have any questions about procedure just ask, Ill be happy to help.
Post Edited (robb) : 6/8/2011 10:10:19 AM (GMT-6)
Well I had an interesting weekend. I got a call from monitoring company saying they picked up on something not right. They are not supposed to tell me what happened just that the monitor picked up something. Had to wait for the on call Dr. to call (2 hours) and he informed me that my heart stopped for 3 seconds at 3:30! I remember getting real dizzy right at that time followed by a sharp "pinching" feeling and a thump. I layed down for a bit but felt fine afterward. I did not push the button on monitor because it wasnt as bad as previous episodes. Spent the night in ER of Heart hospital. They wanted to put in pacemaker! I decided to wait for second stoppage. He called it sick sinus syndrome and assured me it was not from my pfo closure... I will continue wearing monitor. They took me off warfrin in case I need pacemaker put in without waiting. Anyway Im just waiting for heart to stop again. Every time phone rings my heart stops a little I just cant believe I might have pacemaker for rest of life after just one episode. Does this sound right? I also cant believe this has nothing to do with PFO closure. I have never had dizzy spells or felt this way until two weeks after PFO closure. I have always been active playing football, baseball through HS, drove racecar for years, riding dirtbikes, coaching baseball in 100 degree weather, jiu-jitsu. All migraines permitting ofcourse.
Any advise on sick sinus syndrome w/a-fib? Thanks Rob