Well Sunday night around 12:30 a.m., I was sitting on the couch watching TV with Kevin.
All of a sudden it felt like my heart was going to pound out of my chest.
I checked my pulse and it was racing and pounding extra hard.
I figured that I needed to try to get my heart to slow down.
I got in the tub thinking that a warm bath would help me to relax (I found out later that this was a big mistake).
When I went to step into the tub my left leg was all numb and tingly. My hand was a touch tingly too.
It thought maybe I had a pinched nerve in my back so I tried stretching a little.
Nothing helped and everything just got worse.... I got sick to my stomach and started vomiting.
By this time the panic was setting in :( I was flat out scared. I asked my husband to grab me some water.
I took an anti anxiety med they gave when they found out about my regurgitating valve.
Nothing was helping. By this time my pulse was in the 160 s and I felt like I was going to pass out.
I asked my husband to call 911. I also asked him to get my parents.
I had my dad give me a blessing to calm me down.
Meanwhile Kevin was on the phone with the 911 dispatcher.
They told him to have me chew (yes chew) 4 low dose asprin.
At that point it was all I had not to throw up.
Within about 10 minutes between the blessing and the asprin (about 30-40 minutes into the ordeal), I started to feel somewhat normal. I could feel my pulse slowly returning to "normal" which is still in the 80s or 90s.
My extremities were still tingly and my chest still felt tight, but slowly I was starting to feel closer to normal.
The paramedics/fire men arrived here about that time..... They immediately checked my pulse and noticed that is was fast and irregular (tachycardia). They did a o2 stats and ekg.... By the time they had me hooked to the EKG, my heart had started to regulate even more and they were unable to get record of it :(
They suggested that I get some rest and schedule an appt with a cardiologist ASAP.
After some research it appears that Tachycardia can be treated 5 ways..... medication, Catheter ablation (they stick a catheter in your heart to "damage" the area causing the rapid heart rate), A pacemaker, Implantable cardioverter-deribrillator, or open heart surgery.
Praying that it will be an easy fix... like the meds... Heart surgery of any kind scares me to death!!
Got an appt for Wednesday of next week..... Also had another "incident" tonight :(