Saturday, April 17, 2010

matters of the heart, literally

First, let me say a huge THANK YOU to my girl, @BustedKate from over at Busted Plumbing for giving me a shoutout and helping me complete one of my Dirty 30 goals of reaching 100 twitter followers. I blew past 100 and am almost at 120, so I can officially call that one DONE! (If you're not yet a twitter follower, be sure to join me here: @sf_frugalista! Also, click on the @BustedKate above to follow my funny, witty friend.)

I'm working on a giveaway soon to celebrate the occasion! Hopefully.

Okay, so onto the real meat of this post. I had a crazybizzy week last week and I had 2 big work events on Friday which meant working from 7:30am to 9:30pm, then I had to get up and work another event today for about 4 hours. Needless to say, I'm pretty tuckered and apologize for the slight lack of postage.

But I did want to just update the latest development in my pregnancy. Last week, I had a few palpatations which concerned me a tiny bit. You see, my sister and my brother both had SVT and both ended up having heart surgery because of it. I have always had slight symptoms, but nothing to ever worry about. Or I should say, symptom. As in, I only have one. Essentially, it feels like my heart stops beating for a second, then it will beat really fast to catch up. But it lasts for just seconds and I don't have any of the other typical symptoms of SVT which can include dizziness and lightheadedness, even passing out. And my "episodes" are single and don't last more than a second or two. However, the week before this past, over the course of about 4 days, I had an increase in episodes and was having 3 to 5 per day. When I met with Dr. Miracles on Monday, he didn't like the sound of it and told me to call my OB/Gyn asap to see what they'd like me to do. So I did, and I ended up at the cardiologist for almost 2 hours yesterday, in the middle of my hectic day! How convenient!

First, picture the setting. A cardiologist office in the middle of the afternoon. What do you expect to find? Well, obviously lots and lots of old people. I was the youngest person there by at least 40 years, surrounded by old people, oxygen tanks and yes, even a poopie diaper. And there were no children present. Oh, the glorious fun. I love old people, but I get the heebie jeebies just thinking about the whole experience.

Anyway, so I got an EKG, talked with a couple different people and finally got my actual consult. The good news is that the doctor isn't too terribly concerned with the episodes. He said that unless I start having them last for long periods of time, or if they are making me dizzy/lightheaded, then I'm probably okay. We'll continue to keep a close eye out and watch for increased episodes, but he doesn't think there's much concern for issue during the pregnancy. Phew! The bad news is that I was secretly hoping to hear my lil Poke's heartbeat just as a little refresher, but that didn't happen. Only another week and a half!

Finally, in keeping with the heart theme, we got our doppler today!! I'm not sure whether we found the hb or not. I can't tell how to know if it is my hb or if it's the baby's. We picked up something in two different spots, but it was only 125-130 bpm, and I thought it would be more like 170. So I'm not convinced that it was the baby. Either way, I will try every day and hopefully we'll pick something difinitive up!

I think that's all I've got for now. I hope you all are enjoying your weekend!


  1. I had to go to a cardiologist as well. I had an EKG, holter monitor, and an echo done for palpatations and a tachycardia. I have had them on/off my whole life but nothing that ever sent me to the doctor.

    I got a clean bill of health, but I *did* find out I was anemic and diabetic. So, I am thinking my heart was just having to work VERY hard.

    Also, the cardiologist said to drink water like it is going out of style because your body could "think" it is dehydrated even though it's not and cause your heart to do wacky things.

    LOL. It did get better for me.

  2. Glad you check out okay! Very exciting about the heart monitor, I just ordered one this week too, I can't wait for it to arrive!!!

  3. I have similar episodes, where it feels like my heart skips a beat and then beats really fast afterward. They've happened all my (adult) life, I think. Anyhow, I did notice that they got more frequent in the early part of my pregnancy. My former OB freaked out when I reported that a particularly bad one had happened over Christmas break (I was around 12-13 weeks at the time), and ordered me to see a cardiologist. But then, I told her I was having some headaches, and she freaked and ordered me to see a neurologist. And then, I said something about some pain where I used to have a gall bladder and she freaked and ordered me to go to a gastro doc and have a detailed right upper quadrant scan. And when I told her my allergies were slightly worse than usual, she freaked and told me I needed to see an allergist RIGHT AWAY.

    So, I pretty much figured that she basically didn't want to treat me for anything, preferring instead to presume that any small issue was suddenly cause for major intervention, which just didn't sit right with me. So I didn't ever see any of the specialists (except I did have a RUQ scan, just to make sure I didn't have residual gallstones or anything).

    And then, when I asked her about a medication that she had assured me was safe and how I'd heard it could potentially cause cleft palates, she told me that "that's why we do ultrasounds..." and I lost all respect for her and switched practices.

    And at the new practice, my OB told me that the heart palpitations, faster beating, and occasional skips were extremely common in early pregnancy, and even into later pregnancy for some people. (And that the headaches were normal and the increase in respiratory symptoms were normal, as were the random belly pains, etc.) He said that it apparently had something to do with a nerve that runs close to the uterus that is pressed upon in early pregnancy that makes your heart rate speed up. And he said that I definitely needed to keep an eye on it, but that I shouldn't be terribly concerned.

    Anyhow, I just wanted to share my similar experience and that by the middle of my second trimester, the weird skips and beats were pretty much gone. Hope it's the same for you!

  4. I am glad that everything is OK after your checkup at the cardiologist! I just ordered a monitor this weekend too -- looking forward to its arrival as well!!

  5. So glad everything is ok, but man...that is scary!! Such a relief!!! Like you don't have enough on your mind, geez!

  6. The first time I heard Momo's hb on the doppler, it sounded like a helicopter (though it varies - the doctor thought of a pony, DH thought of trains).

    Re: heart - hope everything is well!

    Happy iclw :)

  7. Hello, here because of ICLW, hoping to find inspiration for some of my patients and followers! I like your "Graduation Day" post & may repost some of your thoughts to encourage those who need to keep trying...on the svt subject, my wife, who also went through IVF, had them throughout the pregnancy and she did just fine. Don't worry! Good luck with the remainder of your pregnancy! :)

  8. so glad everything checked out ok! and congrats on hearing the heartbeat! I still have another week to wait for that, can't wait!



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