Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Erin Heart Update
I saw an electrophysiologist recommended to me by Connie's cardiologist and he diagnosed me with a rhythm disorder called AV Node re-entrant tachycardia. Basically it is a problem caused by being born with two electrical pathways rather than one. It can be contolled with medications, but they are very not conducive to pregnancy or nursing, and have side effects. NOT something I'd like to deal with for the hopefully 50 years of life I have left. There is a procedure called an ablation (you may remember Connie having this back in 2009 in Michigan) that has a 95% cure rate for this type of problem so after the baby is a few months old I will likely have it done as an outpatient. The doctor assures me that my issue is much more straightforward and technically easier to deal with than Conway's. In the mean time, if I go into SVT again there are a few "home remedies" I can try or I can be treated in the ER like last time. He says it shouldn't effect labor or delivery, so that is reassuring. I also had an echo to rule out any structural abnormalities and got the results today. My heart is normal! God is great! Since this SVT scare I was really starting to worry there that all the issues I'd been chalking up to pregnancy (swelling, shortness of breath, etc.) were actually signs of heart failure! Thank you all for praying for me and the baby, and of course Conway. Connieland Update: His headaches have been increasing in frequency the past couple of weeks. Please pray that he be relieved of migraine pain in the future.
Posted by Erin Beckemeier at 8:44 PM