Septal Infarction

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Date Joined Jun 2006
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   Posted 6/22/2006 6:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I went to the doctor due to tachycardia and orthopnea.  I was suddenly having trouble keeping my breath when exercising.  No asthma - test negative.  I had a EKG and it showed a septal infarction.  I have to wait a month to get my holter monitor and stress test so I am looking for some feedback.  I attend radiography school so I understand what a septal infarction is, just not what it means or what problems it can cause.  This week, the tachycardia when I am lying down has progessed to the point of being so severe that I had a (one) nausea and vomiting episode.

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   Posted 6/23/2006 3:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Michelle
A septal infarct is a heart attack. The septum is the muscular wall that divides the four chambers of the heart. The lower and largest part of the septum divides the left and right ventricle. In most people this part of the septum is supplied blood by the left anterior descending (LAD) artery. I have 3 stents in mine. No one can survive a complete blockage of the LAD (no blood flow to the septum). This leads to a massive heart attack or a better term for heart attack is an MI (myocardial infarction). My cardiologist explained this to me.
You may have got this information from a computer generated analysis of your EKG. I have had many unbelievable, or astounding computer analysis of my EKGs. Yet the cardio always told me that the computer was wrong. If you have had a septal infarction that was severe enough, and the doctor confirmed this finding (EKG), I think you would have immediately been sent to the cath lab for a cardiac catheterization to determine what type of blockage, within your coronary arteries, caused this MI. 
How long have you had tachycardia? Are you taking a beta blocker to slow down your heart rate? Orthopnea is a very serious condition. Especially if it was caused by an MI. You may have had tachycardia for years, but it could also have been caused by an MI. Anything that damages certain areas of the heart (the sinus nodes), can cause heart rhythm abnormalities (arrhythmias).
You need to make sure that you are prepared to call 911. Women often do not have the typical chest pain associated with an MI, I have read. They get nausea and other vague pains, cold sweats and a feeling of doom.
So please be careful!!!!!

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   Posted 6/23/2006 6:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Michelle,  I just wanted to take a moment to welcome you to healing well forum.  We are happy to have you.  I see Aldo has given you some wonder feedback.  Please do take care of yourself and let us know how your doing....


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   Posted 6/23/2006 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
RJ & Elisha,
Thanks for your info.  They found the septal infarct on an EKG.  I went in with arrythmia and they did an EKG but she said she did not trust it, even though I have tachycardia and orthpnea episodes, because of my age.  I'm only 35 and recently got out of the Army so I'm in great physical condition.  I have an appt on 29 June to get a holter monitor.  The EKG also mentioned that I have not an absence of R wave, but something to that effect.  Because I am in Radiography school, I know what the QRS wave is but have had little luck in finding info on the internet about problems with the R wave.
These are all recent symptoms, within 3 months.  No medicine, as of yet, only instructions such as, no caffine, no birth control pills, no over the counter meds. 
Also, I had a serious electric shock about a year ago from an electrical outlet.  It was enough to cause a 2nd degree electrical burn to my hand.  The ER told me to watch out for heart issues because of it.  Have you heard any truth to that?

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   Posted 6/26/2006 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Michelle,  I am sorry for all your going through I know it is difficult to grasp when your so young.  I am 32 and have within the last year been diagnosed with several serious heart problems one of which resulted in my getting a pacemaker.  It is even more difficult to understand or cope with when you have heart problems that they cant pin point the exact cause for or reason why.  I did know of someone who had an experience with a severe electrical shock and he ended up with multiple heart problems also.  I don't know of the exact problems he had or what kind of shock it was that he received but he always did state that his heart conditions were brought about from that.  So I would assume there is always a possibility when your body sustains a trauma such as that it would or could damage parts of the heart muscles.  I hope someone is able to post with additional information for you regarding this as I don't feel that I have been any help.  Please do feel free to continue to post this is a wonderful place for support and information.  Take care


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   Posted 1/26/2012 12:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I was told today after having a EKG done 3 times, that I have septal infarct
I take anti seizure meds for Bipolar 1 disorder. I take DDAVP for my bladder, which
is desmopressin. I take seroquel for sleep...
Ok now I have a drug and alcohol past. Sober off chemicals 2 years lately.. I have had 7 years of sobriety off chemicals in the past back in 96-03. Relapsed in 03. Never drank once since marijuana, sedatives, benzos, ecstacy, hash,.gbh, mdma, etc...
So why now. I have no family history or have.I evet had any.heart problems. My height is
6 feet and I weighh 245..

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   Posted 1/26/2012 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to HealingWell.  I am sorry to hear have had a heart attack.  Were you in the hospital or is this something that was found on your EKG that happened in the past as in a silent heart attack ?
There is no one answer to why now?  It is kind of like asking "why me?". A  heart attack is a condition in which there is inadequate flow of blood to the heart most of the time caused by coronary artery disease.  The cause of your attack should be something investigated by your Cardiologist.
I see you have posted to a thread that is 6 years old.  May I suggest you start a thread of your own ?  It is always a good idea to take the time to introduce yourself in a new thread before you begin responding to the topics already in progress.

This is done by clicking on the 'new topic' button which will open a new thread for you to post your introduction. This will help members see your first post.  It is best to start your own 1st thread rather than attach it to an old thread that way you will get more responses.
Again a warm welcome.

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