Supraventricular Tachycardia

William has Supraventricular Tachycardia, Tachycardias are rhythm disorders in which the heart beats faster than normal. They are generally not life threatening unless you have other heart disorders. But because of Williams history and the fact that he gets dizzy and lightheaded, short of breath and has pain with it makes it dangerous for him. They gave him some meds to get him through the holidays but are setting up an appointment in Madison to have a procedure where they go up through his groin into his heart and see what’s going on. They can follow his beat and see the electric current that is making his heart speed up like that and fix it.
They said he has 3 options. Take meds, have the procedure done or do nothing. Because he has dizziness, pain and shortness of breath I don’t think doing nothing is a good idea. I’m not crazy about taking the medicine Diltiazem for very long either. He has a low blood pressure normally anyway and that medicine can lower it even more. What do you do for someone whose blood pressure drops? That makes me nervous too. We are also not crazy about having the procedure done either but it does seem like the best option, at least that way it will be fixed and over and done with and he won’t have this happen to him anymore and won’t have to take pills the rest of his life.

So that’s where we are at right now. They will be getting a hold of us to let us know when to take him to Madison but I imagine it won’t be until after the first of the year. I’m glad they want him to go to Madison and have it done at the University hospital. That’s where he’s had most of his surgeries and they have all his records there. I did like the doctor in Janesville but he said he’d also feel better with him going there. A doctor who says that tells me he’s a good doctor. He said he does those procedures but the University has better equipment and they know William there.

Well I better go and get busy. No matter what Christmas is just a couple days away and I have tons to do yet. I think I’ll go to the grocery store today and beat the last minute shoppers. I’m looking forward to having all the kids home, I always love that. So from my house and family to yours I wish a Very Merry and Blessed Christmas and I hope the New Year treats you well.

Love & Hugs to all!

Published in: on December 22, 2010 at 9:35 am  Comments (7)  

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  1. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Sherry!

  2. Greetings Sherry… May your world be filled with warmth and good cheer this Holiday Season and throughout the coming new year. Some people celebrate Christmas and some do not. Despite one’s own beliefs and traditions, I find that at this time of year, it’s almost as if ‘something or someone’ waves a magical wand over most of the world… and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. Cheers to you and your whole household!

    • By the way, i can always count on you to make me smile at this time of year. Well, it would appear that I was indeed on the ‘nice’ list. 🙂 Thank you. Thank you. You should know, that having a friend like you, makes life that much more precious and enjoyable.

  3. The procedure sounds like the Doctor feels that William is a candidate for catheter ablation. I am not a doctor, but I would certainly encourage you, or another family member to certainly discuss this procedure more because there are risks of infection, bleeding, and injury to the heart ( this procedure after all, does destroy areas of the heart that are causing a heart rhythm problem by using heat or freezing cold to destroy the heart tissue that is causing the rhythm problem.) Like with any medical condition Sherry, one has to balance their feelings about taking medicine for the rest of their life or having an invasive procedure. William’s Doctors would know best.
    Here’s hoping that he’s doing well and continues to do so over the holidays and there after! 🙂

  4. Sis.. I sure do hope that things work out okay for you both and that WIlliam has few problems with the low BP.. mom has had that and you are so right it is so hard to help one
    RAISE it.. Hope your Christmas was MERRY!! :- )

  5. Before you ring out the old and ring in the new when the mid-nite bell rings on December 31st, I just wanted to leave you a brief message to wish you in 2011… Happiness, Success, Peace, Hope and Togetherness with your Family and Friends. Wishing you a very…very…very prosperious 2011.
    Cheers to a New Year … and another chance for us to get it right!

  6. Just thought that I would come by and see how you are doing. No doubt that your still quite busy with your nestful. Don’t be shy… just say hi to us when you get a chance.
    By the way… love the changes here on your page.

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