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A little history

Aug 21, 2009 - 0 comments

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!  

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