Thirteen years ago, I got a phone call from a friend that my best friend (who is my husband now) was in the hospital.
They had told me that it had something to do with his heart and I felt the bottom of my stomach fall out.
Then I rushed out of the house and straight to the hospital.
They would't let me see him and I remember his step-father handing me my gold cross necklace that he wore everyday... then I really lost it.
The next day I finally got to see him and he was diagnosed with supra ventricular tachycardia (also known as SVT).
I had no clue what it was but remember spending the next month with him as he tried to figure out his medicine, quit every bad habit he had (and he had a lot!) and being there for him as he went into surgery to have all the extra nerves around his heart burnt out.
I can still recall sitting in the waiting room with his mom as she read a romance novel and I fidgeted in my chair.
When he was wheeled by, I remember crying more (I spent a lot of time crying over this and him).
Then I remember the recovery, the ups and downs, all the fun that came along with him adjusting to a life with a heart condition.
13 years have passed since his diagnosis.
He's had a few slip ups but nothing too serious.
A few months ago, I noticed some heart palpitations that would stop me in my tracks. I chalked it all up to stress because at the time I was under so much stress that I thought I would snap.
I finally went to see the doctor about it where they told me they wanted me to see a specialist because my heart rate was too slow (I was running 2x a day 6 days a week).
So I went, got all the standard tests and even wore a heart monitor for a 24 hour period.
They discovered an early heart beat and said it wasn't much to worry about, that it was benign.
I was still having the heart palpitations and to cancel out anything serious, they put me on an event monitor for two weeks.
Yesterday, they called me and asked if I could come in early to discuss some issues they had notice.
Cue more heart palpitations and even more stress.
What do you know, I was diagnosed with supraventricular tachycardia.
The exact same condition that my husband went through 13 years ago and still deals with today.
Yay, I have a new best friend.
I won't lie, I am nervous as hell. I am also freaking out about taking the medicine they prescribed me (because it lowers the blood pressure and the heart rate which scares me because I have a low heart rate and low blood pressure already!).
I am also toying with the idea of having the same surgery my husband had because the thought of relying on medicine to control my heart for the rest of my life is scary.
I am also just fucking freaking out.
I start my medicine tonight (with supervision, of course) and go back to the cardiologist on Wednesday for more information.
Wish me luck.
And if you are interested this is what WebMD has to say: "Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) means that from time to time your heart beats very fast for a reason other than exercise, high fever, or stress. Types of SVT include:
- Atrioventricular nodal reentrant tachycardia (AVNRT).
- Atrioventricular reciprocating tachycardia (AVRT), including Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome.
During an episode of SVT, the heart’s electrical system doesn't work right, causing the heart to beat very fast. The heart beats at least 100 beats per minute and may reach 300 beats per minute. After treatment or on its own, the heart usually returns to a normal rate of 60 to 100 beats a minute.
SVT may start and end quickly, and you may not have symptoms. SVT becomes a problem when it happens often, lasts a long time, or causes symptoms.
SVT also is called paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) or paroxysmal atrial tachycardia (PAT)."