Monday, October 13, 2008

Heart Update


My doctor called this morning with the results of my 24-hour heart monitor test two weeks ago. He said I'm "basically fine" but I do have a slight arrhythmia. It's nothing serious enough to warrant medication or surgery, but just something to be aware of. He did mention a few things that slightly concerned him. My heart rate is pretty high when I exercise (which I already knew.) At one point while I was sleeping my heart rate dropped down to 37. He also mentioned there was a 2-second gap when there was no heart beat recorded. My dr now wants me to get an echo cardiogram. He said he thinks of the heart in two parts, electrical and plumbing. The heart monitor helped him get a better look at the "electrical" part of my heart. Now he wants to look at the "plumbing" which is the reason for the EC. Overall I'm not too concerned. It sounds like my heart beat is slightly abnormal but nothing to make me change anything. I can stick with my regular exercise routine, which I'm happy about. It will be interesting to see what my "plumbing" looks like.

As for my workouts, I think I've finally hit my first slump. I've been waiting to come off my high and I think I'm finally down. I'm still going to the gym 4-5 days/week but I'm not really "feeling" it somedays. I've had to drag myself out of bed the past week just to get my butt out the door (something that wasn't a problem the past two months.) My weight loss has stalled which is annoying. I'm sure that can be attributed to my choice in foods the past 2 weeks. I've stuck with my 1450 cals/day but have chosen a couple things I know I shouldn't have. So, I'm using this post to re-dedicate myself to this. I know I need to push myself harder, instead of just being okay with my usual 3 miles and then 100 crunches. I need to do more. I read a sign this morning at the gym that said "The average weight gained during the holidays is 10 lbs." I don't want to be "average" so I need to step it up. Who is with me?! With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas coming, it's going to be hard but I'm sure I can do it. What about you?

11 comments:

Chad and Ashley said...

Hi Jamie, yikes! I'm glad it sounds like he isn't to concerned though, so that is good. In my experience, I've always thought it better to have something wrong with the "electrical" part of the heart than the "plumbing." Usually electrical problems are easy and non invasive to fix or you don't have to fix them at all.Did he say you were having premature ventricular contractions (PVC's) or premature atrial contractions (PAC's)? A-fib? Let me know how your ECG goes. I hope all goes well!

Woodruff Family said...

I know you can do it! Look how far you have come. Don't let a few candybars or slices of pie get in your way. Just remember it's ok to have one treat, just don't eat the whole pan! You go girl, your doing great! Me on the other hand...

peter said...

I'm with you, may the Holidays not add up to a lot and may I continue to excercise even when it seems really hard. You're my hero!

Henline said...

You amazing girl. I am with you on beating the holidays! I am NOT buying halloween candy for neighbor kids. Sorry kids. I eat it. I am also limiting trick-or-treating to two streets! I know my weaknessess.

Good luck to you. You look great!

Love, Ashley

Chelsea said...

I'm so glad that there was nothing too serious wrong with your heart. I was getting really worried.

Don't get into a slump yet. I am just starting and your my inspiration! Keep going! It was so fun to get together last weekend. Now, it's your turn to come down here.

Emily said...

Be careful with your heart diagnosis. Russ was diagnosed with a similar problem - the doctor took one look at him and laughed when he asked if it could be serious. Unfortunately though now we have to check "yes" next to questions about heart conditions on health insurance applications. Even though the doctors say it doesn't matter, the insurance companies always use it as an excuse to bump up our rates considerably.

Karyn said...

An exercise slump is normal. Try changing it up a little. Do an aerobics class, or get a few videos (I have a few I love if you want any tips) Try a spin class, or something else. If you set a new goal for yourself it motivates you again. I have to change up what I am doing all the time cause I get boerd. Maybe try running 3x a week & something different the other days.

As for the holidays...I am dreading it, too. THat always seems to be the downfall for me. Good luck!!

Adriana said...

It's good to clean out your system once in a while try eliminating something completely like meat, soda, or sugar... just for one month, everytime you crave the thing you've eliminated drink water... and add some lemon too it too, not only does it taste good but it helps to burn calories... okay did that just sound like an infomercial or what??

M-GemBlaisdell said...

Crazy! I hope everything will work itself out.

I will be so with you after the baby is born. I have two more months (over the holidays) and I have already gained 25lbs. So I am estimating about a 50 lb gain this time around. As soon as I start feeling better I need to start some prenatal yoga or something.

Cansas said...

Whoot Whoot Jamie! I know you can do it. You have so much more motivation than I do most days. You've inspired me to keep moving. Good Luck, and here's to being healthy!

Mamaappah said...

Jamie,

You look amazing! The kiddo's are so cute too. I am happy to know your heart is going to be good, that is scary stuff. I also have been in a slump with my weight the last month. I just got excited reading about how well your doing, it's great. We woke up to 2" of snow this morning, our first. I am not happy about it. Take care. April