Heart Ache

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I had to pay another visit to the cardiologist this week. My oncologist is looking for someone to tell him exactly how strong of a drug he can use on me without giving me a heart attack (always a good thing to know), so I had a pow wow with a specialist. Prolonged QT syndrome isn’t just some bullshit inconvenience that prevents me from ingesting certain medications, turns out it can occur anytime and it can be fatal. In fact, the cardiologist was so concerned about tracking the rhythms of my heart during my recovery that he decided I needed to be fitted with a recording device. This pen cap sized piece of modern technology knows when my heart is too slow or fast, is experiencing arrhythmia or any other maladies. Yesterday morning they implanted a loop recorder into my chest just under the skin and I was told I would likely need to take beta blockers for the rest of my life. It seems I officially have a heart problem. How, after being perfectly healthy for almost 31 years on this planet with a fully functional heart, did I suddenly end up here?  I wonder if this thing can detect heartbreak?

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2 thoughts on “Heart Ache

  1. Pingback: The Cardiologist | 365 Days of Thank You

  2. I’ve been on beta blockers for about two years now, since I was 22. It’s still hard to comprehend how I could possibly need them, being so young. Then I was told that they are probably what are saving me from developing worse symptoms. I guess that means I’m on them for life too. It’s still so weird, but they do help me so much. I hope they’re worth it for you and that you feel better on them.

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