Aug 21, 2009
My cardiac adventures began about 17 years ago when I had chest pains that seemed severe to me. But stubborn me, I walked around for three days before I finally broke down and went to the doctor. They referred me to a cardiologist who diagnosed mitral valve prolapse. But he told it wasn't really anything to worry about, just to recheck in a year. Ok, I'm good with that. I get palpitations a lot, but he says they're nothing to worry about.
Fast forward to 2 years ago, during a physical, my family doctor thought I should have the MPV checked out, since I hadn't for a long time. So she sent me to a cardiologist for a checkup. When there, they did an ekg and echo, put me on a holter monitor, and had me come back in a week for a followup to get the results of all this.
At the followup, he told me my ekg had an abnormality - a brugada sign. I'd never heard of this, but he wanted me to see an EP about that, and so I was scheduled for that appointment in about 6 weeks. The EP was taking a vacation, apparently, and was backlogged. So I go home, get online to learn what the heck brugada was, and was stunned to learn that it caused sudden cardiac death, usually during the night when sleeping - and they have me waiting 6 weeks. But ok - at this time I was 49 years old, and mostly the SCD hits younger people. That eases my mind, but it was still a bit of an emotional rollercoaster.
He also told me that I don't have MVP. Huh? It can go away? When I asked him about that, he said that imaging is much better these days. Okay, I guess....
The EP, when I first saw him, asked me if I'd looked it up, and wanted to know what I thought about it when I did. I told him that I was 49 years old and still here. He said "exactly!" But his main concern was to get me tested as brugada is genetic and I have kids.
Long story short - I was tested and don't have brugada. YAY! My official "diagnosis" at that time was abnormal ekg. He said the palpitations I felt were PVCs and PACs and were most likely benign. This was great - I had no real problems!