December 18th, 2018


Heart Update

So it seems the consensus is that I have atrial fibrillation. The upper part of the heart beats irregularly while the lower part beats normally. The heart then pushes the "restart" button and essentially stops for a few seconds. If the restart takes a little longer, you pass out. That's what happened on the 6th. In my last post I said that I got a call from the monitoring company that said they detected an "incident." I later found out that the "incident" was my heart re-setting, but it took 7 seconds. It's not like the heart won't restart, but if this happens when I'm driving or walking, THAT'S when problems happen. The big question is what to do about it. It's not something that just goes away, but it also seems that you can live with it. There is an increased risk of stroke, but that can be mitigated by something as simple as baby aspirin. I talked to a specialist yesterday and he wanted to go right to a pacemaker. I would rather take my chances with a slightly wonky ticker. So things are kinda in limbo. I'll have a couple more tests done, but basically I'll just try to be as heart-healthy as possible.