Thursday, February 24, 2011

Heart Palpitations (Part 2)

I called my primary care Dr. today and wasn't able to see her but I was able to get an appt with the P.A.(Physician's Assistant). 

My appointment started out with stepping on the scale.  I know every time I go to the Drs. and they ask me to step on the scale I cringe inside.  I hesitated and was trying to decide: "do I take my shoes off?".  I then think of all the other times I step on the scale and then I said to myself: "of course!".  When I stepped on the scale I could see that it was preset to start at 150 or 155lbs.   After I stepped on the scale I had the impulse to adjust it myself and then I decided to put my hand down and let her do it.  I wanted to see what her reaction would be.  The first thing she said:  "you've lost some weight since you were here last".  The last time I was at the Drs. I weighed 170lbs ( I was 26lbs heavier at my last appt).

After my weigh in we went into the exam room and she looked at my file and exclaimed: "WOW you really lost allot of weight in the past year!"
She then took my blood pressure, checked my breathing, listened to my heart, checked my blood oxygination (I think that's what it's called), and I had an EKG.

After all was said and done my blood pressure is excellent, my resting heart rate is low (due to exercise).  My blood work from my last appt was great so no need to revisit that.. and my EKG was perfect and matched up with the the one I had at my last appt. (a baseline EKG was done at my last checkup).
She told me to keep track of my symptoms and every time it arises I need to take a deep breath and count to 10 :-).  If I still have the symptoms after a week they want me to call back to schedule an appt.  The next step is to wear some sort of band/monitor for a week to monitor my heart.

Hope this just goes away and its only stress.  I took a nap today during M's nap and that seemed to help me feel a little bit more relaxed.  I'm going to get a fire going in the wood stove and be a couch potato for a little bit tonight before bed.  Tomorrow is a short run of 2 miles before a relaxing yet challenging Yoga class. Saturday is a 5 mile run outside with hills.

Just breathe and count to 10.  

3 comments:

  1. Are you nervous about something? Work on your exhale long long exhales. They trigger the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation response) so they physiologically calm you down. Do that centering exercise where you inhale for a count of three and exhale for a count of six. Keep me posted!!

    xo

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  2. that is good news- and it must have been nice to have that official record, in your medical file, of your latest, low weight!

    Hope the yoga, breathing, and getting naps when you can all help erase the palpiations.

    April

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  3. So glad it wasn't more than possible stress!! Good job listening to your gut and getting checked out so quickly and YES< YES to the'lost weight' comment!! woohoo : )

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