If you've been visiting here for a while, you've read about the surprise heart problems that I have been dealing with... if you haven't, and are interested, you can read part one, two, three and four.
Yesterday I was admitted to the hospital for an ablation. During that procedure doctors sent catheters up to my heart from veins in my groin and attempted to induce the "bad" heart rhythm with the goal of "mapping" the electrical circuits of my heart and then ablating (or cauterizing) the problematic circuits.
In my case, the doctors were trying to induce and then ablate a particularly problematic arrhythmia called ventricular tachycardia. We knew for sure that this was a problem for me as it was documented during a treadmill EKG test a few weeks ago.
Unfortunately the doctors could not induce my heart to go into VTach, so they were unable to ablate for that arrhythmia (and they did try hard... for 3.5 hours!), but they did find out, in an unexpected turn of events that I also have SVT. (Supraventricular Tachycardia... a fast heart rhythm that originates somewhere outside of the ventricles). They were able to map and ablate not one, not two, but three extra extra AV Node pathways (AVNRT). Crazy! So that should take care of some of the heart issues that I have been having (waking up at night with my heart racing, etc.)
However it still leaves the VTach issue unresolved. My cardiologist has encouraged me to begin to exercise once again (always *with* someone, of course) and hopefully I can capture additional VTach episodes on a heart monitor that I'll be using. I'm really not sure how this will play out. Obviously VTach can not go untreated, but I really don't want to be on medication my whole life for that.
It is possible that ablation for the VTach could work in the future if I have been exercising right up till the time of the ablation (I have basically sat for the last month) and if I weren't taking the beta blockers that I have been on.
Perhaps the Lord has healed the VTach? That, of course, would be the best thing. Only time will tell, I suppose. I am most certainly hesitant to swim or get out on my bike on the road until I am very sure that the VTach won't return.
My cardiologist assures me that the fact that my heart is very healthy and doesn't have any scar tissue (apart from the ablation yesterday!) puts me in a *very* low risk category for cardiac arrest. Most likely I would "just" pass out from further VTach episodes. While I am glad that I most likely won't die from a heart attack, I don't exactly relish the idea of passing out from VTach episodes either! But I haven't yet passed out from them, so hopefully that won't be an issue in the future.
So that's pretty much where things are now… on one hand I am pretty optimistic about getting to start running and exercising again, on the other hand, I'm pretty bummed out that this whole issue still isn't resolved. But, as always, God is good and His plans and timing perfect.
But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD,
I say, "You are my God."
My times are in Your hand.
Thanks *so* much for praying and checking in!