(really . . . is there such a thing as a minor heart procedure!)
At least that's what we hope . . . we have to wait several months to know for sure but so far it's lookin' good!
For the last 5 years Kelsie has struggled with a heart problem with a big old long name.
Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia
Basically what that means is . . .
She has an electrical conduction problem with the heart that causes it to misfire sporadically and for no reason. This causes the heart to beat very rapidly and without warning lasting perhaps for a few seconds or up to a few hours. These heart palpitations would usually leave her short of breath, lightheaded and with chest pain. The medications Kelsie has been taking to control the conduction problem are no fun either - they reduce the blood pressure and also cause drowsiness and dizziness.
When the symptoms continued after trying to discontinue the medications the cardiologists felt a surgical procedure called a cardiac ablation was the best way to proceed. It works by scarring or zapping tissues in the heart that triggers the abnormal heart rhythm. It's done using tiny catheters inserted into a vein and then threaded up into the heart.
(Sorry you don't get to see the actual procedure . . . it is QUITE amazing!)
So that's the scoop -
We arrived at the hospital bright and early on December 26th. The cardiologists feel there's a high chance the cardiac ablation was successful! After an overnight stay for monitoring on telemetry, Kelsie is home - and now back in school.
(You're welcome IHC for this unpaid commercial announcement :)
Makes me grateful for modern medicine and all it's amazing accomplishments!