Friday, May 04, 2007

More Good Heart News

My friend Sommer got some great news yesterday when they saw TWO little strong heartbeats on her ultrasound at almost 7 weeks. So after finding that out, I was hoping for some good heart news of my own this morning.

I met with Dr. M, the cardioelectrophysiologist (say that 5 times fast!) this morning. I can't say anything but nice things about this guy. Not only was he thorough and nice, but he sat and really talked to me and answered all my questions. Turns out the skipped beat episodes I'm having are actually quite "normal." He said that according to many studies, over 50% of people in their 30's (I'm 30!) experience PVCs (premature ventricular contractions) on a semi-regular basis, but many people don't even realize it. For example, he said that in that 24 hour period of monitoring, I had 52 PVCs, but honestly, I only remember a few of them, so clearly it's not always something everyone notices. He also said that the only time they worry about PVCs is when the patient is much older and experiencing other heart issues. He said that my EKG, echocardiogram, and blood pressure all exhibit that my heart is functioning perfectly normally and pumping the right amount of blood. I'm not having any murmurs, regurgitation in the valves or any other symptoms that would point to trouble. He even said that I don't even need to change anything in my lifestyle. He said to continue exercising and that only to change things if the PVCs become troublesome to me, but that it's fine to ignore them unless I'm experiencing any kind of faintness or pain. So I can even continue having coffee if want to - and I only have 1 cup a day, so it's not like it's excessive anyway. He also said that having these PVCs when I'm eating is very common since all your systems are tied together and that it's a sympathetic response.

He also said that there had been some concern with my heartrate being so high when I was exercising, however it was only for a short period time and I never even noticed it, so that it's likely that is what is normal for my heart. He said that continued exercise may even suppress these symptoms, so more reason than ever to continue a healthy lifestyle. And he doesn't even need to see me back for 2 years - more good news!

Needless to say, this appointment made me feel 100% better. This is exactly what I was looking for in that a diagnosis to tell me that these sensations are benign and to ignore them. Basically, I just have to come to terms with the fact that this is "normal" for me and not to worry about it. He also said that having a 3rd child is A-OK too - another issue I was worried about.

So with that, I wish you a happy Cuatro De Mayo!


bracken said...

Awesome news Erika! Glad to hear that all is a-okay.

Happy Friday

Anonymous said...

GREAT news!

So #3 is on your mind? LOL:)

Hope you have a great weekend (I hope B does better with his "issues")

~ Viv

Katie said...

Glad to hear everything is okay! Glad to hear you discussing #3 too! ;-)

Anonymous said...

So I see my 1st attempt at commenting didn't appear so I guess I will try again. I just wanted to say how happy I am that everything turned out just fine!
Now you can think about #3 and I will work on #1. :)

Heather said...

So glad that everything's okay!