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Searching, January 3,  2019  8:03pm EST

6 second episode of ventricular tachycardia shown in pacemaker check up

I am new to this support group. I received my first pacemaker at the age of 36 due to complete congenital heart block. Now 4 pacemakers later, I am a 64 year old woman who has had a few episodes of VT throughout the years shown through pacemaker check ups. These lead to echocardiograms, nuclear stress tests and one heart catherization 9 years ago that was clear. My recent pacemaker check up showed 1 episode of VT in the last year. It was a 6 second episode of 199 beats. The episode time and date is a day where our family had a very stressful and sad day. Driving on the way home from a family members house, a car almost hit us. I remember jumping and feeling my heart beat about the same time the episode was recorded by my pacemaker. I had a nuclear stress test along with walking treadmill with meds that opened up blood vessels today. I am anxiously awaiting hearing the results of the tests from my EP cardiologist. When I say anxiously, I am not kidding!! Would anyone be willing to share their experiences with episodes that happen about 1 or 2 times a year? How are you treated? Thank you from the bottom of my heart!




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  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, January 4,  2019  9:18am EST

    Good morning, I am so sorry that you are experiencing this! When will you have the results of the test? Thanks Katie 

  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, January 4,  2019  9:52am EST

    Welcome to the support group. I can certainly understand your anxiety. I had similar anxiety when I was waiting for results of my nuclear stress test. I was told I could go home and wait for the doctor's call or I could wait for the doctor to arrive. Given that he was supposed to arrive within the hour, I chose the latter. Once you've experienced a heart condition, anxiety seems to come with the territory. Within the past year I've had two "episodes" that gave me serious concern. The first occurred on one particular day when I was experiencing shear exhaustion. I was having so much trouble functioning that I left work early and went home and slept on the couch. It wasn't until the next day that I started to feel better. The second episode occurred when I was driving home from work (different day) and I started experiencing strong chest pains and nausea. I made the mistake of not going to the ER and just going home to rest. Again, the next day I felt fine. In both incidents, I called my cardiologist and both times she scheduled stress tests. Fortunately, both test results were very positive and there was no explanation for what I was experiencing. That in itself can make one feel a little anxious.

    Regarding your own test, they should be contacting you very soon. I don't want to give you a false positive but if there was anything bad going on, I would think you'd be contacted right away. When I got initial results from my stress test, I was told to schedule a catherization test and there was there was some urgency to that. 

    Let us know how your test results go. Good luck!


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