results from 48 hour holter monitor

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ARTteacher08
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   Posted 3/24/2012 11:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone!
A quick review of what I know so far. I am a 33 year old obese white male, smoker, with hypertension. I was recently diagnosed with hypertensive cardiomyopathy including left ventricular hypertrophy and left atrial enlargement. I am on metoprolol, amlodipine and 81mg aspirin. I take simvastatin for my high sensitivity c-reactive protein number (8.9). I was recently given nitrostat for chest pain. This past week, I was put on a 48 hour holter monitor to see, as my cardiologist put it, why I had so many skipped beats. What follows is the narrative:
"Monitoring started at 2:04 pm and continued for 47 hours 59 minutes. Average heart rate was 73 BPM. The minimum heart rate was 39 BPM at 3:38 AM. The maximum heart rate was 136 BPM occuring at 9:05 PM.

Ventricular ectopic activity consisted of 3 beats, of which, 3 were in single PVCs. Ventricular ectopic beats occurred at a rate of less than one VE per hour.

The patients rhythm included 12hr 34 min 34 sec of bradycardia. The slowest single episode of bradycardia occurred at 3:38:19 AM D1, lasting 3 min 53 sec, with minimum heart rate of 39 BPM.

The patient's rhythm included 2 hr 10 min 43 sec of tachycardia. The fastest single episode of tachycardia occurred at 9:04:02 PM D2 lasting 5 min 21 sec, with maximum heart rate of 136 BPM.

Supraventricular ectopic activity consisted of 1836 beats of which, 39 were in 5 runs, 12 were in atrial couplets, 1545 were single PACs, 7 were in bigeminy, 233 were in trigeminy. There were 2 dropped beats. The longest R-R interval was 2.3 seconds occurring at 6:00:46 AM D1. The longest N-N interval was 2.3 seconds occurring at 6:00:46 AM D1. The longest supraventricular run occurred at 9:49:35 PM D! consisting of 26 beats, with a maximum heart rate of 138 BPM. The fastest supraventricular run occurred at 1:24:33 AM D1, consisting of 3 beats, with a maximum heart rate of 169 BPM. Supraventricular ectopic beats occurred at a rate of 38.2 SVEs per hour

TECH COMMENTS:
Sinus rhythm with episodes of 2nd degree AV block, rates of 39 to 136 BPM.
Rare PVCs without VT.
Occasional PACs with 5 atrial runs, the longest was 26 beats and the fastest was 169 BPM.
No pauses seen.
Patient reported symptoms of palpitations and chest pain, which correlated with sinus rhythm.



My cardiologist wants to run a sleep study. Obviously the 2nd degree AV block is of the greatest concern. The nurses told me it was of the type 2 variety. My question is that I had a sleep study done 4 years ago and it was negative for sleep apnea. Is a new sleep study warranted at this time?

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   Posted 3/24/2012 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Good Morning,
 
A lot can change over 4 years and I would recommend you take your Drs. advice.   Digoxin, beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, and certain antiarrhythmic drugs have been implicated in second-degree AV block. I am sure your Dr. will be reviewing your medications as well as want the sleep study. 
 
Amlodipine is in a class of medications called calcium channel blockers and metoprolol is a beta blocker. 
 
Do let us know how you are feeling.
 
Kindly,
Kitt
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ARTteacher08
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   Posted 3/26/2012 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I will be going in tomorrow to do a split sleep study due to the apparent urgency of the AV block. I will post results when I get them.

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   Posted 3/28/2012 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
 
How did the sleep study go ? Hope to see an update soon.
 
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ARTteacher08
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   Posted 3/28/2012 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
It was a split sleep study. The technician did not have to fit me for a mask. He was, of course, coy about responses to my questions, but he did tell me there was nothing he saw during the night to warrant hooking me up to a CPAP. When I asked him about my heart, he did say that he saw some PVC's, PAC's and some possible AV block... all while I was awake. I have called my cardiologist's office today and we are hoping to get something soon. When last I spoke with the nurses, they said if I did not have sleep apnea, then I would definitely be getting a pacemaker. I will let you know when I find out something. Thanks for checking up on me.

ARTteacher08
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   Posted 3/28/2012 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
The sleep study was fine. No sign of sleep apnea. Now we wait for what the cardiologist wants to do.

It's Genetic
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   Posted 3/28/2012 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Very interesting method of examination for you, ARTteacher08,

I had the 48-hour holter test, then had a pacemaker implant one day after the holter was read. Then had the sleep apnea test and was on CPAP within two weeks.

My heart is organically fine--it's the electrical system that's wearing! It's like saying "the teeth are perfect; the gums have got to go."

Cardiac treatment varies so much depending on the condition of the heart, I guess.

I can tell you, however, that you will feel much, much better after the pacemaker implant and CPAP if they are ever called for.
 
Try hard to avoid stress in your life, please.
 
Good wishes,

I.G.

Post Edited (It's Genetic) : 3/28/2012 5:15:05 PM (GMT-6)


ARTteacher08
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   Posted 3/28/2012 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the input, "It's Genetic." I think they have gone this route due to insurance purposes. I have structural issues as well as the electrical issues now. I will be bugging the mess out of the cardiologist tomorrow to get some sort of plan going.

ARTteacher08
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   Posted 3/29/2012 7:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Going in to the cardiologist's office today to discuss "options." Wish me luck.

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   Posted 3/29/2012 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Wishing you the best of luck and I will be awaiting an update from your cardiologist. 
 
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ARTteacher08
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   Posted 3/29/2012 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Going in for a cardiac cath tomorrow. Dr doesn't seem to think I need a pacemaker but I may have a blockage. Will update soon.

ARTteacher08
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   Posted 3/30/2012 7:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Turns out there is a 4.5 cm tumor behind my heart being fed by arteries from both sides of the heart. Will know more when I meet with a thoracic surgeon.

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   Posted 3/30/2012 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, thoracic surgeons are some of the best out there, Artteacher08, so try to feel comfortable about this situation and look for the healing to come from the best surgeon for that type condition.

I will be thinking about you and hoping you'll keep in touch to let everyone know how you are getting along. It was good that you stayed in for the analysis, don't you think?

Best wishes; I will be saying a prayer for all to go well whatever the decisions are.

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stkitt
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   Posted 3/31/2012 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
First of all I am sure you are feeling very fearful right now and I can only imagine what must be going through your mind but please know I am here for you.  I am thankful that your cardiologist chose to do the cardiac cath right away and now you know what appears to be causing your problems. 
 
Keep on talking with us as we are always here to listen and support. 
 
" You don't know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have." ~Author Unknown
 
Blessings,
Kitt
 
 
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   Posted 3/31/2012 5:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I wish the best for you ARTteacher


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