Do you know that February is Heart Health month and of course the biggest celebration of the heart, Valentine’s Day is this month. On Friday I wore red for National Go Red For Women day to raise awareness about heart disease and women. Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women?
Little did I know on Friday that I’d end up at the cardiologist today!
The story in a nutshell – on Saturday night before I went to bed I felt woozy. But rather than lay myself down immediately, I continued my bedtime rituals and tried to brush my teeth. That didn’t go so well! So, I attempted to make it to my bed and didn’t quite make it. As a matter of fact, I woke up after my head and shoulder hit the footboard of my bed. I was still out of it and slowly slid down to the floor. I broke out in a cold sweat, my heart racing and honestly can’t tell you how long I was down but I think it wasn’t more than a minute. After that I got up, finished my bedtime preparation and went to bed.
DON’T DO THIS AT HOME KIDS!
I should have gone to the doctor immediately or at the very least phone someone but I didn’t. Yesterday, I went to urgent care to figure out what happened. After having bloodwork completely, I was given a referral to a cardiologist and today had a battery of tests.
After an EKG, Treadmill stress test (exercising until my heart rate reached 85% of the max) and an echocardiogram (a sonogram of the heart) the doctor reviewed the results and everything looks good! As we speak, I am wearing a 24 hour heart monitor just to make sure my heart rhythm is okay. I am sharing my story today because I think it is important that no matter what, if a health situation arises you must address it. Immediately!
Also, who know that I could potentially have a heart issue when I am in such great physical condition?
At the end of the day, all of the doctors seem to be of the consensus that I am probably fine but have a sensitive nerve (it starts with a V but I can’t remember the name) that sometimes may cause me to have dizziness and if I don’t sit my butt down I’m likely to pass out. It isn’t anything life threatening, I’m kinda like those people who pass out from the sight of blood. Update: What I experienced is called a Vasovagal syncope – basically fainting because of a sensitive vasovagal nerve.
Yes, this was a health scare and hopefully the last one! In the meantime, here is my video about my adventures and no matter what I implore you to TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEART!