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Hi everyone, my name is Sylvia and I am a 37 year old female. I've tried scouring the internet for the past couple of months looking for any information related to my condition, but usually come up empty handed and it's very frustrating.
I'm not exactly sure when my VT started as I ignored it for a while thinking it was my anemia. I seen the doctor in November and the initial tests were all normal. My doctor suggested wearing an event monitor for 48 hours, which I did and that is how they discovered the VT. They ended up admitting me the following day where they ran many tests [MRI, ECG, Stress tests, etc.]. They ended up suggesting a cardiac ablation and I had the procedure done on December 19, 2017. While the EP was doing the procedure, she ended up puncturing my heart and i experienced epicardial effusion. After the surgery (which the EP said was successful), they couldn't control my heart rate. I was in ICU for about 4 days after the procedure. Finally, I was released on Christmas Eve and I returned home taking Metropolol (50 mg).
I saw the doctor again in February and she lowered my dosage to 25 mg. The problem is that I still feel like I am having symptoms. My resting heart rate will 68 and when I stand or walk it jumps up to over 100. When i'm walking I will still also feel short of breath. When I told the doctor this, she thought it might be because of my anemia, but I am still worried because I've been taking the iron for a few weeks and noticed no positive changes. It has now been approximately 12 weeks since my surgery and I am just nervous about the success of my surgery. Has anyone still had heart palpitations and / or shortness of breath this far after the procedure? I don't see my doctor again until May and I'm just nervous and debating on whether I should schedule a sooner appointment. I've read on numerous message boards that it takes up to 6 months for the heart to heal...but it's sooo nerve wracking!
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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