The roller coaster ride continues....
For a while (after increasing my sodium level by eating an occasional hot dog), my PVCs were COMPLETELY GONE.
Then, a few weeks ago, I developed shortness of breath - sometimes pretty severe.
Activities that I used to be able to do without a problem have become a problem for me.
My cardiologist increased the rate on my pacemaker from 70 to 80, in an attempt to stop my PVCs, but this only made things worse - now, after every two or three beats, my heart stops beating effectively (PVC? Bigeminy?). I can't do much now. I don't even want to go to the store.
Last Friday, my cardiologist said I should go to the E.R. for a chest CT. While on the monitor, it showed many trigeminy and paired PVC events. My Chest CT was good - it didn't show ANY problems.
So now the cardiologist wants to reset my pacemaker to 70 - still a problem, but not as bad as 80 bps caused me.
I'm not sure where things will go from here.
According to a rhythm specialist at UCLA, my PVCs are not a result of electrical issues - cardiomyopathy is causing them.
I may end up (yeah END UP) struggling with the arrhythmia until my heart stops beating. I may have to deal with shortness of breath because of poor circulation until something - heart or something else - finally kills me.
I think I may have to do some of the things that I've been putting off for a long time.
I'll report more later, if I'm still around to do this.