Mark Watson

Archive for March, 2017

March 14th Treatment

by on Mar.23, 2017, under Amyloidosis

Today I continued with cycle five of the open-label extension study of Patisiran. Today I am okay. My vitals are good and my heart is in normal sinus rhythm. The prior 21 days not so much. I had two cardioversions at the ER where they shock the heart back into rhythm. While that did work for a few days, the afib would return and make me miserable. My heart would be stuck running about 140/BPM causing nervousness and fatigue.

My last afib event just so happen to occur the day I was supposed to go see my GP for a regular physical. When he asked me how I was doing, I replied “Great! All except for this afib.” At first he doubted my ability to know if I was in afib till I showed him my Fitbit app. He promptly called my cardiologist for a consult which in turn got me on the fast track for an ablation later that evening.

An ablation is where they “scar” or “destroy” tissue in your heart that triggers or sustains an abnormal heart rhythm. It is now a relatively simple and safe procedure, taking less than an hour for the procedure and returning home the same day.

Since that time, I’ve done pretty well. I did have a couple of days where it felt like I had been kicked in the chest and had trouble taking a deep breath. But for now that is gone and I seem to be on the mend.

Next treatment is April 3rd. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers!

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