DH recently had a heart monitor on to collect data on his heart beat. He had been feeling like his heart was racing, or jumping for a little while before, and was worried.
DH's father had a pacemaker put in at 20yrs of age, so heart problems are a possibility in his family.
He got the results today, and it was revealed his heart is beating a little irregularly, sometimes he has a double or even a triple beat.
His doctor has referred him to a Cardiologist. From what he has been told he may have to have medication to help regulate his heart beats. It may not be a big issue now, but in like 30yrs time it could be a serious one.
That means he is just barely going to be 60yrs old.
I am a little distraught and so scared for him right now. I can't imagine how he must be feeling.
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26-02-2014 14:13 #1
I Am So scared for DH
26-02-2014 14:25 #2
I can imagine how scare you and your husband must be.
But, it is so much better that it has been found now rather then later. At least now it can be properly monitored and it should reduce the risk of anything serious happening in the future that you are not prepared for if that makes sense?
A friend of mine is 31, his father has been diagnosed with heart problems and is not in a good way. At the insistence of his DR, my friend has a monitor and then a tube scope thing, It turned out he had a heart attack several months ago and didnt even know it. Now he can be properly monitored and while still at risk, he should not end up as bad as his father.
He is lucky to have your support!
26-02-2014 14:31 #3
Yeah, that is scary stuff. I agree though, it is great that they are on top of it now and can address it now. Also remember that medical technology moves so fast. But, yeah, these things come as a shock.
My DH recently had confirmed that he has diabetes (type 2) and really really bad sleep apnoea (Not breathing for up to a minute kind of bad). It was not good news, but was good to address it.
I'm sure your DH will be fine.
26-02-2014 14:49 #4
I am sure we will be ok. I am just thinking too far ahead, and worrying about things that may not happen.
He managed to book an appointment for tomorrow morning on a cancellation, otherwise it was a 3 week wait.
26-02-2014 14:49 #5
Best he finds out the problem now so something can be done.
My mum went her whole life without knowing she had incontinence of the mitral heart valve. She dropped dead at work. So frustrating knowing that if it had been detected it could have been replaced and she would still be alive today.
26-02-2014 14:53 #6Senior Member
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Is it an 'extra pathway' that's causing the additional beat?
My dh had an extra pathway, he ended up getting the additional pathway singed/burnt off so that he'd only have the one main nerve regulating his heartbeat.
He is ok now, he still goes for checks once every few years but it was a small incision into his groin similar to a stent.
Anyways I hope that my story gives you some peace of mind that your dh will be ok.. I'm sure he will
26-02-2014 14:54 #7
I hope everything goes well with the specialist. It is going to be a shock and some adjustments, but Im sure it is better to be aware of these situations than to be sailing along in blissful ignorance. Take time to take care of yourself and your dh. Hugs, Marie.
26-02-2014 15:07 #8
26-02-2014 15:07 #9
I hope all is ok. I had extra beats, pauses and double/triple beats but apparently there is a tolerance level which I was still within.
I had avnrt (one fast and one slow av pathway) and had a cardiac ablation last year to fix, quite easy surgery and home the next day.
Hopefully all will be well for your family.
26-02-2014 15:18 #10
I thought maybe I could give you someone to talk to if you ever needed it, I say this because I was in a very similar situation to you once. When I was 20 I fell in love and entered into a relationship with my now DP. She warned me before I got 'too attached' that she has had some serious heart problems. Since the age of 14 when she was diagnosed she has worn many, many holter monitors.
At age 21 she wore a holter monitor for 24 hours which confirmed our worst fears - her heart was regularly going into 'dangerous and potentially lethal rhythms'. 2 weeks later she was recovering well from the surgery to put in an ICD (implantable cadioverter defibrillator) with pacing capabilities. She is on medication that regulates her heart beat and the doctors have given her an even LONGER life expectancy than the average woman. She takes a beta blocker and has had open heart surgery. Do you know what medication he might be on? Heart medications these days can be really amazing and not do any damage at all! Some people even take them to help with migraines etc.
You said "I am a little distraught and so scared for him right now. I can't imagine how he must be feeling." and I can honestly say that I take the bad news much worse than DP ever does. I'm so scared of not having her - but Dr.s assure me every time we visit that she will lead a long and healthy life.
I can't tell you everything will be alright, because I really don't know; But I can tell you about the situation between DP and I and assure you that the medications she takes won't lower her longevity. Having the issue diagnosed will go a long way and you will be SO surprised at the work these cardiologists can do! It's truly amazing. In America they graded DP's condition 3 out of 4. 4 is you're dying and you're waiting for a transplant - DP had her surgery and the surgeon said it was 'practically cured' he said she wouldn't need to intervene again for her lifetime.
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