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Nothing exciting - EKG looked normal, blood pressure was okay. It was 150/70 when the nurse took it but later when the cardiologist did it again it was 110/70 which he was happier about. It went pretty much exactly as I had expected. The cardiologist thinks the breathlessness is almost certainly pregnancy-related, and the possible tachycardia may well be. Unfortunately since my mom suffers from tachycardia that she is medicated for or she passes out, I now have to use a cardiac event monitor for a 30-day period. Since it only records when you push a button as you feel something abnormal, I'm thinking I'm going to keep it close by and only use it if I do feel something, rather than wearing it 24/7 for 30 days. I hardly feel like a cardiac risk We had to deal with Coral on an apnea monitor for 6 months and I am NOT prepared to relive the nightmare all over again (but at least this thing doesn't emit an 80-decibel alarm every time an electrode decides to fall off!) Anyway, I'm glad the EKG was normal and I'm not particularly worried about the rest of it. On the other hand I am loaded with questions about other things for my OB on Tuesday
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i was just thinking about you - wasn't sure if your cardiologist appt was today or tomorrow. The second BP reading sounds great - i've had a few *weird* ones like that too where the first reading is much higher than the second, but i think they tend to work with the lowest one.
i'm doing a heart monitor right now too (was supposed to be for 3 days, but now i think it's set up for 10 days unless my dr gets what he needs and shortens it)...what type do they have you using? Mine is through Cardionet...has a sensor w/electrodes i have to wear 24/7 and then a hand-held monitor i also use to record events - i'm not sure if it only records when i hit an event or if they just use that to flag/timestamp the sensor data though. It's already kinda getting on my nerves and i've only had it 24 hours but i know it's good we're doing it as a precaution, just in case...
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Glad your appointment went pretty well and your blood pressure on the 2nd reading was good, I would hate wearing the monitor also.
I had to wear a blood pressure monitor for 24 hours and a heart rate monitor for 24 hours a couple years back and it was super annoying, I had to tell them my "sleep times" which is always a guess for me so they could program it in and the monitor would only check my bp once an hour
Hopefully all goes well with your tests and your ob will be able to answer your questions