A few month ago, palpitations reared their head. And as quick as they came, they disappeared. Then, last month they reappeared, bringing about sleepless nights and a uncomfortable thumping in my neck. At times, my pulse would skip a beat, and then speed up. On four occasions, my heart rate shot up to around 150 bpm:
- 03/06/2019 @ 03:50 – 147 bpm
- 03/06/2019 @ 05:59 – 155 bpm
- 04/06/2019 @ 06:00 – 147 bpm
- 06/06/2019 @ 21:50 – 150 bpm
Generally, my heart rate is around 55 when relaxed. And, my blood pressure is 118/70 – which is normal. I’ve sought medical help this time around, and I’m currently in the examination phase – i.e., trying to work out what is occurring.
When I first contacted my GP, an initial ECG showed an irregular heartbeat. As a result of that test, and in consultation with a Cardiologist, I was prescribed the Bisoprolol beta-blocker. Blood tests were carried out, and they didn’t show any abnormalities.
Last week, I had a 24hr ECG trace carried out, which revealed similar results to the initial test. Now, I’ve been referred for an echocardiogram at my local hospital so that the structure of my heart can be looked at in detail. More blood tests are on the horizon.
Initial thoughts are that I’m suffering from Atrial Fibrillation – it’s a weird sensation when my heart gives a flutter – it’s almost like jelly quivering. Hopefully the echocardiogram will offer up a solution – I just hope it isn’t popping a pill for the rest of my life. I’m all for cardioversion, or catheter ablation.
Fingers crossed that I won’t have to wait too long for a way forward. Having to slow things down has been frustrating, especially so when I would be up a local mountain, enjoying the summer sun.
My learning from all of this is that the NHS comes into its own during a ‘personal crisis’ of this kind. I’m thankful for that. I’m not overly concerned with the situation, as I know I’m in good hands with the team assigned to me.