OK.....Had my next rd of tests yestrerday....it was called a "Tilt Table Test" in which they gave me drugs thru an IV and tied me up on a board/bed and tilted it at various angles. The drugs caused my heart rate to max out at 160/min (to try to recreate my symptoms) and if I would've "passed" this test I would've passed out, but being the he-man that I am, it didn't even faze me. So, this basically said that it is not a fluids (e.g., hydration problem). They next want to do an electophysiology (EP) Study in which they insert a catheter up the uh uh g gr groin into the heart and probe around. HELLLO! They think it's an electrical problem that is "minor" and can be cured by zapping it w/ a lazor or w/ drugs. It would be minor if it was ONE OF YOU who had this condition.
All we will want to know after this next test is that it was totally dreadful, that you derived no pleasure from it, and that they figured out what the hell was the matter with you. So when does THIS happy happy joy joy fun time happen?
I think we should film it and live stream it to the tennis4you family.
It hasn't been scheduled yet. My blood work is scheduled for April 3 and the echocardiogram is scheduled for April 6. Let the good times roll. But those 2 will be a breeze compared to roto-rootering the vein to my heart.
Are we talkin' "the main vein"???????????????
HAIL FLIPPING NO!!!!!! From the internet:
Electrophysiology testing is a widely available diagnostic test which his useful in the evaluation and management of patients with a known or suspected arrhythmias. This test is performed in a catheterization laboratory equipped with x-ray imaging, specialized amplifiers to record electrical signals which are recorded from inside the heart, and temporary pacemakers which allow extra impulses to be delivered in the heart. The test is performed either on an inpatient or outpatient basis. After placing standard EKG leads, 2 or 3 catheters are positioned in the low pressure side of the heart. The catheters are inserted into a large vein (well maybe...ah never mind) which carries blood to the heart
from the legs
and is located in the groin region. Local anesthesia with lidocaine is used to minimize discomfort. Patients also receive a short acting valium like drug called midazolam to help them relax. X-ray imaging is used to guide catheter placement within the heart. Once the catheters are positioned in the heart information can be obtained about the electrical properties of the heart. AN external defibrillator is available at all times.
Information is obtained during EP testing both by recording electrical signals from the heart and also by assessing the heart's response to the introduction of one or more pacemaker stimuli either in the upper or the lower chamber. This information is useful in determining if the electrical system of the heart is functioning normally or if abnormalities are present. IF present, these abnormalities can be treated either with medications, placement of a pacemaker-like device, or a procedure called catheter ablation which involves cauterizing a small portion of the heart.
Three main pieces of information are obtained during an EP test. The first is the sinus node recovery time (SNRT). This is a measure of the function of the bodies own pacemaker which is called the sinus node. This test is performed by inserting electrical impulses to increase the heart beat by 20 to 50 beats per minute. The artificial pacemaker is then shut off and the time required for the bodies normal pacemaker to kick in is measured. A normal SNRT is less than one second in duration. A prolonged SNRT would suggest that the patient would benefit from a pacemaker.
A second piece of information obtained during an EP test is the functioning of the AV node and specialized conduction system which are responsible for carrying the normal electrical impulse from the upper chamber to the lower chamber. The AV node is evaluated by measuring the amount of time that is required for the impulse to get from the upper to the lower chamber (the HV interval) and also determining at what rate impulses will be conducted successfully from the upper to the lower chamber. If abnormalities of AV nodal function are detected, the patient may benefit from a pacemaker.
The third piece of information which is obtained during an EP study is whether rapid heart arrhythmias can be triggered by inserting between one and three extra impulses into either the upper or lower chamber of the heart.