Here’s my new fun accessory for the next 24 (well, now 17) hours…
Mr. Holter is back again to keep me company and track my heartbeat rhythm. I have these heart contractions called PVC’s (premature ventricular contractions) that are really really annoying and happen all day, every day.
This is my 3rd holter monitor. The last few times I wore one they counted my PVC’s. I totaled ~26,000. The average heart beats 100,000 times per day so basically, every 4th beat my heart skips or hiccups or pounds or however you want to describe it. 26,000 is a lot of PVC’s, way more than normal. The fact that I can feel them and they disrupt my day to day life is bothersome. The fact that it is now affecting my running is worrisome.
So… here I am again, documenting my heart beats for 24 hours, hoping that it does skip and act funny but at the same time, wishing it wouldn’t. I am opposed to using medication for this particular problem because I have low blood pressure and anything used to treat this would be beta blockers which lower blood pressure, something I obviously don’t need. I’ve tried some in the past and ended up feeling like doo-doo. No more pills!
The next step would be an ablation where the surgeon goes in through my thigh with a catheter and finds the part of my heart that is mis-firing and burn it. Sounds scary but if you lived with what I do, you might consider taking drastic measures too.
Think about how you feel when your heart beats really hard when you’re nervous or just got done running up the stairs. Got it? Ok, that’s how I feel ALL THE TIME. 24-7-365.
That, my friends, is just no way to live.