Today is #WORLDHEARTDAY
. As a patient with a pacemaker, I feel the urge to raise #awareness
about heart arrhythmia, too. When people talk about #heartdisease
, mostly they only have an idea about #heartattack
. So, by using this moment, I want to share a little about #heartarrhythmia
, is a group of conditions where the #heartbeat
is irregular, too slow, or too fast (#tachycardia
). I have several tachycardia episodes that come and go but self-terminate.
One day, I have another episode, but this time it last more than 20 min. I rushed to the nearest hospital and it found stuck at 220 bpm and refused to slow down. I ended up in emergency unit and was given #adenosine
, released that night and referred to #electrophysiologist
(doctor who specialist in heart arrhythmia).
The electrophysiologist went through my history & looked at all my results. He said I have a condition called SVT (#supraventriculartachycardia
) and that he would recommend an ablation procedure for this. He feels that all my symptoms; frequent syncope episode, fast heart rate, #dizzy
, listless and more, can all be helped if not cured by doing #ablation
, which will ultimately change my life.
The ablation was successful. But unfortunately, I had a severe complication right after the procedure. I got 2:1 #heartblock
. This is extremely rare. Only 0.05% of patient who undergoing ablation procedures reported to have this kind of complication. My pulse was 34 with an ECG showing a Complete Heart Block (CHB) situation, which lead me to have #pacemaker
I had my pacemaker implanted on March 25, 2015. A pacemaker is a small device that's placed in the chest to help control abnormal or slow heart rhythms. I can barely feel my pacemaker. For me, it's just like an additional organ. My "second" heart. My new life. I feel blessed to have my pacemaker.
So everyone, if you feel or think you may have some type of heart arrhythmia, please get tested. You never know what you might find & may it be able to prevent.
“Life isn't measured in minutes, but in heartbeats” - Joan Lowery Nixon
Read also my articles about heart arrhythmia (see slide 9 & 10).