Okay everyone, story time. I consider myself to be a relatively healthy person. I don’t have food allergies or any other health issues, because I take care of myself. Or so I thought…
A few weeks ago, I was just about to drift off to sleep when I felt a weird fluttering sensation in my chest. It happened a few more times throughout the week, and then the week after that it happened more frequently. When I got to work yesterday, it was pretty much non-stop and I mentioned it to my coworkers. Luckily, I work for a company that makes defibrillators, so we set one up to look at my heart rate. You can plainly see where it’s happening on the waveform, see where it goes flat a few times? That is a premature ventricular contraction (but I still have no idea what that means).
One of my coworkers is a nurse and she advised I see my doctor ASAP. I was pretty freaked out at this point, so I went straight to my doctor where they did another reading, and sent me to cardiology for a 48 hour heart monitor to figure this out. I’m not in any pain or anything, it just feels like a never ending panic attack in my chest…so that’s fun. And wearing this thing makes me feel like a 90-year old. I’m supposed to press a button every time I feel my heart flutter.
At least I can count on DK to keep my spirits up…he didn’t waste any time making jokes about my heart monitor:
“Do you get cable?”
“Are you wearing a wire!?”
“What if it’s downloading everything you know…”
“I think your beeper just went off.”
One thing I’m really bummed about is the fact that I can no longer participate in Muckfest tomorrow. I was SO excited to finally do a mud run, but I can’t get this wet so I will have to be a volunteer instead. They also told me not to exercise at all this weekend. I’m going to go CRAZY. But I guess my body could use the rest.
As for what’s causing this…we don’t know. It could be stress, or it could be the pre-workout I’ve been taking. I told the doctor about it but she didn’t seem to think that was the case…but just to be safe I’m going to stop taking it and see what happens.
Has something similar ever happened to you?