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Esilva94, October 2,  2020  4:23pm EST

Second Degree AV Block type 1

Yesterday was a crazy day for me. I went to my doctors office to go over results from a heart monitor that was placed on me for five days. I'm 26 years old with no insurance. I never would have thought that a doctor would be telling me this at this age. My grandfather had a pacemaker put in when he was 33 years old. He is now in his mid 70s my aunt who is 42 just had hers put in not even a year ago. I am honestly terrified. What made me go to the doctor was that one day I was on a flight back home and about an hour into the flight all I remember was me putting my forehead on the seat in front of me to try to get some sleep. But within that same time I wake up to my fiancé tapping me asking me why I was twitching. At the same time I feel very confused and my ears are ringing really bad it seemed like and I felt like I was about to poop myself. All this happened so fast. I look at my Apple Watch and it says my heart rate dropped to 41 bpm.  When this happened I thought it might have been the mask over my face and elevation change and maybe the plane didn't pressurize correctly or some crazy thing like that. But no my doctor said that what I felt that day was very real. And now I'm very scared. The report says that my heart pauses 5 times during the 5 days the heart monitor was on with the longest pause being 2.2 seconds. Can anyone tell me how serious this can be and what I should be looking for or doing until I can see a cardiologist? My doctor said that since I am symptomatic that it is not good. I can't see a cardiologist until the 19th of October. I'm concerned that I won't be able to pay for all this.

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  • TessC
    TessC, October 4,  2020  11:28pm EST

    I'm sorry you are having these heart issues. Sounds like you are in good hands and your doctors are working to get you better. Does your fiance have health insurance? If so, get married now. and get under her medical. Are you working at all-even part time? If so, check the Affordable Care Act Marketplace for insurance and see what you can buy there with the government subsidies.  I hope someone who has the same condition as you will come on soon and offer you some insights into their experiences with this condition. Good luck!

  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, October 5,  2020  8:45am EST

    Good morning, I am so sorry that you are having to manage all of this. I can share the information we have on financial resources, check out the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF) at  The PAF is a national non-profit organization that serves as an active liaison between the patient and their insurer, employer, and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job retention and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis through case managers, doctors, and attorneys. PAF seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment, and preservation of their financial stability.

     Another option is to contact the Patient Advocacy Network (PAN) at  for assistance.

     United Way’s 211 program is a free, confidential referral and information helpline and website that connects people of all ages and from all communities to the essential health and human services they need, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can get more information at

    Please let us know how things go over the next few weeks. 

    Best Katie

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