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  1. Very interesting discussion! I also had a DNA test focusing on medications (it was ordered by my cardiologist/EP) and I also had a very abnormal and dangerous metabolism of a beta blocker—metropolol. I also have Afib and it is thought that if Afib is triggered by the parasympathetic system (vagal) that beta blockers can do damage. When I was seeing an autonomic specialist, he said that in his experience, beta blockers were only appropriate for a small percentage of dysautonomia patients. So glad that your ablation took care of some of the problems. I now have all the medications that the genetic test pointed to as being problematic or dangerous, entered into my medical records. I also carry a wallet card listing them.
  2. Do you have a cardiologist to check with? “Chest things” can be confusing as they can be completely benign or could point to something that needs attention. A good cardiologist can be a good friend for many of us.
  3. @targs66 Yes, it is confusing! Though I have diastolic dysfunction, none of my echo reports say anything about atrial pressure—so I don’t know what it even means! Before I had my mitral valve repaired the echoes also did not mention anything about atrial pressure. Maybe you will need to get your cardiologist or EP to explain it in detail. Best wishes with this.
  4. Recent pacemakers can be set to support your lifestyle, so yes, you can exercise and get a normal rise in HR commensurate with your activity. Also, there are different models with different features—for instance the one I have is MRI safe and has an algorithm that will try to outpace PACs. I have found that this feature works well, terminating them quickly. There are so many settings on new pacemakers that a good device check person can adjust it to behave just as you would like. You would need to see a good EP though if you want to consider a pacemaker—you would want an EP with a lot of experience in implanting pacemakers. Mine is buried in the pectoral muscle so it is invisible on the outside.
  5. Diastolic dysfunction is a common descriptive cardiac finding for dysautonomia patients—I also have it. I don’t think that it is a structural problem with the heart but rather dysfunction due to dysautonomia. Sorry, though I seem to live in cardiologist offices I don’t know what increased atrial pressure actually means—can you say more about it? Sorry you are having such a bad time!
  6. There are so many different types of arrhythmias that you would need an EKG strip to know what it is. I have a Kardia that will take one and then I just email it to my EP. I have Afib but also get PACs sometimes and it is nearly impossible to tell by the feel of it what type of arrhythmia it is. Maybe your cardiologist will have you wear a monitor for a few weeks to try to capture it. The good news is that most are atrial and not dangerous.
  7. There are many different types of dysautonomia other than POTS, though that experience could have been some sort of orthostatic intolerance. Did it happen more than once? Getting up suddenly after lying down for quite a while (particularly in a stressful situation) can cause light headedness even if you don’t have dysautonomia.
  8. I have found Polar monitors with chest straps to be good...but all HR monitors average a few beats together so you are not going to get a beat by beat display although it is in real time. This doesn’t really matter unless you are trying to monitor an arrhythmia.
  9. @Friedbrain I can empathize as my HR used to be concerningly low with resting HR of about 47 and a sleeping rate of about 43. I also occasionally dipped into the 30s. If you feel that your cardiologist doesn’t give the help you need, seeking an electrophysiologist (they specialize in heart rhythms) might also be something to consider. I also stayed up for a whole night when my HR was in the 30s. I would move around every few minutes to raise my HR. My electrophysiologist did give me a pacemaker and I love the thing as it has eliminated some troublesome symptoms for me and setting the base rate at 70 has made my OI better. Best wishes and let us know what the monitor shows.
  10. I had an echo that showed severe mitral valve regurgitation. My local EP thought I’d need open heart surgery and I didn’t want to do that locally as I’m in a small city, so I went to one of the best valve centers in the country, echo disk in hand. The cardiothoracic surgeon I saw didn’t think the quality of my echo was good enough so he had another one done that would more clearly show what he was interested in. Based on the new echo and his physical exam he recommended a less invasive procedure which is what I ultimately had. So, for me a less than perfect echo led to a much easier procedure. Today I had another echo to check that my new valve fix was still tip top. My EP had been called out to emergency surgery so I told the echo tech that I wasn’t leaving until she told me the basics as I wasn’t willing to wait for my rescheduled appointment with my EP. The tech understood and told me the basics—mitral fix still good, etc. So that’s my “poor echo” story!
  11. Have your EKGs been evaluated for arrhythmias like Afib or aflutter or ectopics? At least there are treatments for these. Best wishes!
  12. Good question! In my first years of realizing that there was something really wrong with my health, things I heard and read pointed towards dysautonomia and this was my first diagnosis. I discovered that it was often associated with mitral valve prolapse but only learned later that the connection was probably Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Later, through discussions with my autonomic specialist, I realized the connection with SEID, more commonly known as ME/CFS. Now I regard ME/CFS as my primary diagnosis with Ehlers-Danlos as a co-morbid diagnosis and dysautonomia as a very common symptom of ME/CFS (though you can have dysautonomia by itself). I don’t have POTS but rather neurally mediated hypotension. PEM is a primary symptom for me and makes strict pacing essential. I don’t have fibromyalgia now though I did in my first years of symptoms. So none of this crystal clear but all of it seems to be related. Mast cell activation also plays a part for many. As I see it POTS is the body’s attempt to work around orthostatic intolerance as is NMH and PEM seems to be the result all these metabolic screw-ups. Brain fog may be partly due to low blood volume and hypoprofusion of the brain. All this is super complex and so far has mostly stumped researchers though there is a lot of interesting research in progress. I am hopeful but we may have to wait a few years for more effective treatments. Researchers have figured out some of it but not enough for us to have more than symptomatic treatments available right now.
  13. This struck me as I have had really excellent TTT testing from another autonomic specialist and he explained that the data from a TTT took a long time to analyze as every change I BP, HR, EKG, respiration and oxygen had to be correlated by time stamps to understand what might be causing or affecting what, and then more time to work up a treatment plan.. I don’t see how he could have done this adequately in the time available. Yes, it is very disappointing to invest so much time, energy, money and hope and then not be treated with respect and care. I hope some other approach opens up for you with a different doctor.
  14. I recently had general anesthesia and also had a very knowledgeable anesthesiologist on my side. I started getting IV fluids as soon as I checked in and even better, they recently changed the guideline of “nothing by mouth after midnight” and I was allowed to drink fluids up to one or two hours before I arrived at the hospital, so I was not dehydrated. Yes, it takes some time to get over the anesthesia but there have been no long-term negative effects. Best wishes!
  15. Yes, scary and annoying that it hasn’t been caught on a holter Have you heard about the Kardia device? https://store.alivecor.com/products/kardiamobile?ds_rl=1263291&gclid=Cj0KCQjwi7DtBRCLARIsAGCJWBqT7CaDrpD4qN7KdZUbz2xkxf9JR8R-LaD8lLP4Ctt9eFzYJmGAKosaAilmEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds It is an FDA approved tiny device that takes an EKG with the help of a smart phone or tablet. You can then email the PDF to your cardiologist. The trick would be catching the episode but I keep it close by to be able to record any cardiac events. An implanted monitor would record the event faster but the Kardia is easier to get. When I have sent strips to my, EP she has replied within minutes. Inability to catch and record events is frustrating!
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