My Heart Update

No, this isn’t about my love life…

Most of you might know that I was diagnosed with supra-ventricular tachycardia if you don’t know then I suggest you read my blog or carry on blind… up to you.  Anyhow, I and my cardio team decided that I should finish my cancer treatment and wait until I was in the all-clear with cancer before starting to investigate what could have caused this super-ventricular tachycardia episode.  And guess what? I’m in remission now. Which means, onto my next medical adventure… at least, that’s what I’m calling it for now.

A few months ago, I had a call with one of the specialist nurses from the cardio ward, and we both came to a decision that I would come off the beta-blockers. The beta-blockers help refrain the heart from spiking into another episode. As beta-blockers are addictive I knew it would be challenging but I knew it was something I wanted to do. We both came to this decision, to see whether my heart would spike into another episode without them and whether I would experience anymore abnormal palpitation. This would be an easy way to know whether or not I had super-ventricular tachycardia. Those months have passed now, and I can confirm: I didn’t have an episode. But in this instance, brought mixed news…

I had another appointment a few days ago and they’ve asked me whether or not I want to do the Adenosine Challenge. She talked me through the process of this challenge: you come into the day case unit, they put a cannula into your veins – sound easy so far right? And then they inject you with the Adenosine… for 30 seconds of this challenge, she said you will feel like you are dying and experiencing your impending doom. Hmm, not sure about that one. As they have my recorded ECG they said my episode could have been one of three things and one those included Wolffparkinson White Syndrome, and this particular syndrome holds a 1.2% chance that you could just die randomly. The other two possibilities aren’t light-threatening – however, if I did this challenge, it will reveal which one out of the three outcomes that I have and it could be fixed with an ablation.

So do I feel 30 seconds of my impending doom or do I live with a 1.2% possibility I could just die randomly at any given time?

Come to think of it… I think love-life problems would be easier than this.

So I have got a big decision to make. And sadly I’m in two minds about it.

On one side, I could have the peace of mind knowing which heart issue it could possibly be… and they can fix it with an ablation. And the other side of my brain is telling me, can I really mentally handle knowing what my impending doom feels like?

I’ll keep you guys posted on what decision I come to.

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