Zio Monitor & SVTs
Hope you are doing well -- thought I would pop in to post an update and see if anyone else has encountered similiar issues.
As we continue to go down all of the avenues to investigate my vision/motion disturbance (which has gotten better, but not perfect), I recently was seen by an ENT specialist and also had a VNG and CDP test -- mostly passed with flying colors, outside of when they blew hot or cold air into my ears, then I was instantly put into vertigo for about 10 mins. Otherwise, I passed everything else.
My Neurologist is finishing up on my referral to the Mayo Clinic-- he is having me undergo another round of physical therapy (this time focused on my neck and shoulders), and then getting "sign offs" from my general doctor, the ENT specialist and my cardilogist.
One of the things he wanted Cardiology to rule out was these bouts of PVCs that I seem to be having. I have only had 1 or 2 a month that I could feel for the past few months (to the point of me ignoring them), but the day of my VNG and CDP tests I experienced about 30-40 incidents of what I would think is a PVC. I would feel a flutter/skipped beat in my chest and a 1 second shortness of breath. I was having them so frequently that I was able to catch the "drops" on my Apple Watch. I forwarded to my cardiologist and one of the nurses said that it definitely looked like a PVC and that she would review with my actual cardiologist.
Then on Sunday morning (yesterday) around 4:30am I woke up to go to restroom and noticed my heart was at about 167bpm and it would NOT go down. I tried sitting down, standing up, drinking water, breathing exercises etc and for whatever reason it was high and then I noticed the chest pains.
Started chewing on baby aspirin as my wife drove me to the ER. They couldn't find anything concrete (labs came back fine, chest CT looked great, etc). but said that I was having SVTs and that most are non-fatal, but that they can be dangerous if there is something else going on.
I was fitted with a Zio heart monitor for the next 2 weeks to see if they can find anything. Luckily for me, I have had a few of those PVC feelings since being fitted with the device, so I was able to press the button to "record/focus" on that time period.
Hopefully I don't experience another SVT as that was extremely uncomfortable, but I guess on the flip side, I'd rather experience all of this stuff now, while the device is on me, so we have actual data to look at.
I think I was experiencing these SVTs shortly after the PM implant last year, but they chalked it up to anxiety and stress (which I can't argue with, I was not in a great mindset).
I am going to continue to stay hydrated, get proper sleep and to exercise frequently. I have been trying to keep a balanced eye on my diet and I drink zero alcohol, never have consumed tobacco and rarely consume caffeine (I like to drink a V8 Fusion in the morning, which is a mix of fruit and veggies, but now also a dose of "green tea"). I wish V8 Fusions still came without the tea, as I don't care for the taste nor the caffeine, but I love the fruit/veggie mix that I get from it.
Anyways, I hope all is well and I am curious to hear from others that have maybe been in the same boat. If my doctors find weird bouts of SVTs or PVCs....is there really anything they can do about them? I'm excited to be able to have raw data to compare with how I am feeling, but I am worried that it will be a "wait and see" type of situation.
It is frustrating because I spent 5 hours in the ER and they pretty much said there was nothing they can do and to go home and "keep an eye on it". The conflicting advice was, "if you feel your heart going over 120-140 without any sort of exercise and you experience chest pains, then you might just be having an SVT. Try to splash water on your face, try a few exercises to calm it down and relax and DON'T stress....they do pass". But then they also say "if you're heart rate is above 120-140 for more than a few mins OR you experience chest pains, call 911 or come in immediately".
It makes it very difficult to determine what I should do, should another incident arise. I'd rather be safe than sorry, but if they're going to look at me and say they can't do anything for me, then why waste the drive in, the time waiting and the cost of the insurance co-pays?