My sister so sweetly reminded me that even though I have talked about wearing a heart monitor and having surgery, I have not yet explained why I had to wear a heart monitor or what the surgery is. So, I figured I would fill everyone in.
I wore the heart monitor because I was having “episodes” of rapid heart rate. I had to wear the monitor for a month, not fun, and it recorded all the going ons of my heart for that period of time. It managed to capture a couple of the “episodes” so when I went back to my cardiologist he said he felt that I had something called Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT for short). Basically, I have extra wiring that causes my heart to beat irregularly which leads me to the surgery.
I am scheduled to check in to the hospital at 9AM on Monday morning, but I’m not sure when the procedure will actually start. The gist, they will go in and try to recreate the rapid heart rate and find the extra wires causing it. When they find them, if they find them, they will get rid of them by means of a radio-frequency ablation. This should fix the irregular heartbeat. Hopefully, all this works. I will have to stay overnight at the hospital for monitoring, but should be discharged the next day. My doctor said that anytime you are working with the heart you run the risk of blood clots, heart attacks or a stroke but that this procedure is low risk for all of those and she said my risks are lower still because of my age.
I think that about covers it. I plan on doing a post about the whole process so look for that sometime next week. I am not nervous about it yet and I hope it stays that way, but any prayers you can throw my way would be appreciated!