Sunday, October 27, 2019
I saw the cardiologist on Wednesday. He seemed competent and was very nice, his nurse was really great. Unfortunately he practices the wrong specialty of cardiology. I know my primary dr. was just trying to get me in with someone asap, but he passed me on to someone else so I have to start over. He said that he deals with blockages, a plumber, and what I need is an electrician. So his office made an appointment for me with someone else in their network that is an electrician, but not until November 19th. I'm to stay on the meds until then and then see the new doctor. A few good things did come out of the appointment though.
He confirmed that this is PSVT which is the diagnosis that the ER gave me. It's not life-threatening in and of itself. It's scary, and feels awful, but according to the doctor unless I pass out and have an accident of some kind it's not going to be life-threatening. He explained a couple of things I can do if I need to stop an incident. He said I need to avoid stimulants so I'm off of caffeine which is hard, but not unmanageable. I'm drinking more water, so I guess that's a positive.
In addition to caffeine, I can't have decongestants because they are stimulants too. The kiddo has a nasty cold, so it's almost inevitable I will catch it. When I do catch it I won't be able to take the cold medicine that I usually rely on. I picked up some of the high blood pressure safe stuff and I'm hoping it's effective.
He also told me that I can return to exercising, but to be very aware of how I'm feeling and make sure I stop at the first sign of a problem, not try to power through. And of course today, being the first day I've had time for a nice walk, is cold a dreary. lol. But... maybe a walk away the pounds video later.
This cardiologist jumped right to explaining a process called ablation that would be a cure, he said the medicine is more of a band-aid than a real fix. He was ready to schedule that procedure with the other cardiologist right then and there. I told him I'd like to at least meet the other doctor first. A friend of a friend is about to have the procedure done next month, but she has lived with this for like 20 years with just meds on hand to take in case it flares up. It happened several times over the summer so that's why she's having it done now, but before that it was usually years in between incidents.
So... I'm back to waiting.