Apr 12, 2010 - 4:26 am
My first episode of sustained Tachycardia in 1991 sent me to the ER and routine chest x-rays discovered a tumor in my chest near my heart. I was soon diagnosed with Stage IIa HL.
In 1996, I had another episode of sustained Tachycardia that sent me to the ER again.
In 1999 the Tachycardia became so frequent, I needed to be placed on beta-blockers to help calm my heart down.
In 2002 my ECG's were saying I had a couple of heart attacks.
A Cardiologist told me I "probably" had an extra electrical pathway that could be burned out, but as long as I could be treated with the medicine, the procedure was not necessary.
In 2004, I was living in the U.K. and my beta blockers were not cutting it any more. The NHS in the UK is a wonderful service. The set me up to have my heart's electrical system mapped out and then remove the extra electrical pathway that was suppossedly causing all the trouble.
In 2005, when i was having the procedure done two perplexing things happened...
1. At 35 years old, the Doctor basically told me I had the arteries of an old man! They put these little leads into an artery in your groin and feed them up into your heart, while you are fully awake and feeling them moving around in your body (totally wierd) and when he got close to my heart, the leads wouldn't go any further... thud... thud... and he had to pull them out and start over with the smaller ones they use for old people with hardened arteries.
2. When he finally mapped my electrical system... no extra pathway.
His conclusion was the cancer or the radiation had messed up the electrical system in my heart causing atrial tachycardia. He said it was too complicated to fix.
In 2007 I saw an oncologist for the first time in many years and asked her about the Tachycardia, she felt the HL was the source of my problem.
Now, at 39 I take three heart medications. I get out of breath really easy and my ankles are starting to swell.
Can anyone relate???