Posted 4/15/2011 2:06 PM (GMT -6)
Hi all. When I was 8 years of age I had open heart surgery on my atria as I had a membrane (growth) separating one of them into two halves, meaning I had three chambers. I made an excellent recovery, went on to play professional sport, and 'forgot' all about the fact I was ever ill. I am now 44 and two years ago my nightmare started. I had a bout of missed heartbeats one day and was diagnosed with high blood pressure, which was treated medically. They did not abbate and a beta blocker was introduced after two or three episodes of SVT's also. The beta blocker has made a little difference, but sometimes I experience episodes of AF which make me nearly pass out.
Two months ago I had an MI, with a blockage in my RCA, and then some real problems with arrythmias soon after that, but they eased as I improved and became more mobile. Despite reaching 12 minutes on a stress treadmill with no pain, 4 weeks ago I had another MI and I am now trying to get my head round all of this. I still have good cardiac function, which is testament to my level of fitness prior to the attacks, but I feel low, very low. I admit I did smoke 10 cigarettes a day until my missed beats started two years ago, but apart from that, I don't fit the risk factors for MI. I am not obese, I exercised regularly, I have low BP now, and eat well, low chesterol. I do get stressed at times but I just cant understand it all, and I think I'm entitled to be worried here!
I had a dream that all of this was linked. My cardiologist is saying that Coronary artery disease is not linked to my childhood congenital heart disease and is treating both things separately, and just says I am unlucky to have had two MI's!!! He also says my Heart rythm abnormalities are benign which are worse than ever, and I've just read on the internet that some missed beats can throw out blood clots on occasions. Is this true? Could that be the link? Could a blood clot be sent to the coronary artery from my heart after a flutter?
I just don't know what to do. I'm in limbo, and I'm still having chest pains that last for 30 seconds every other day, at rest, normally pre-empted by heart arrythmias. Can anyone help?? Darren