Tuesday morning, I will go in for an angiogram on my heart. This results from a series of tests that docs have been running on me in the past few weeks. It started with the recognition by my primary care doc that the electrical circuitry in my heart appeared to be off. (Just a routine exam…)
That led to stress test, holter monitor, etc….
The result of that is the discovery that my heart apparently beats a whopping 20,000-more times a day than the average heart should. (Who knew?)
There are no physical symptoms of this, whatsoever. My heart rate is good. So is my blood pressure.
But it is troubling, to be sure.
So, Tuesday morning is an angiogram.
If it shows no blockages, then by process of elimination, it’s an “electrical problem.” The heart doc seems to think there’s a decent chance this is all it is. The evidence supporting this view is that the extra beats seem to go away when I am exercising. (That’s apparently a good sign…)
However, the troubling part is that the *pattern* of my extra beats is one that often indicates blockages. So, hmnn…thus the angiogram. That’s the gist of it.
So, we’re looking at one of these options:
a) Electrical problems…which means a short hospital stay Tuesday, and further treatment down the road.
b) Blockages…which means stints literally that day, and maybe staying overnight.
c) Blockages, which means surgery later on.
Needless to say, this has all been unfolding rather quickly.
Dennise, me, and my parents will be at the hospital at 6 am on Tuesday morning. I’m supposed to be in the procedure by 8 am. (arrival time, 6 am). We’re choosing not to say which hospital at this time, since I may only be there a few short hours. If I must stay overnight, we’ll let you all know more.
We’ll probably post updates to Facebook as we know more on Wednesday. Several clergy friends will be with me Tuesday morning, and I’ve asked Mary Clair to hold down the fort at the Church. We will be giving out info to Northaven through her.
So, point is, asking for your prayers and happy thoughts.