jeffy1958 Wrote:Ever since joining this board I've been compelled to write - in detail - what I know about APNEA & HEART. It is extremely important for "ALL" of us to enter into the deep restfull (REM) sleep. It amazed me to find out how much our heart depend on this. So here is my story - take what you want from this...
I will turn 53 on the 1st of April. I suffered my first heart attack in 1999, my second 2007. I have a family history of heart disease - both mother and father's side. I refer to the summer of 2010 as the summer from hell for me. I went on short term disability in July and returned to work the first week of September. Here's why: prior to - I experienced several incedents of SVT's (Supraventricular tachycardia) and A-FIB's (Atrial fibrillation). To stop the SVT's they stop your heart for about 10 - 15 seconds. Or for those of us that are tech savy - they "re-boot" your heart. I'm here to tell you it is THEE worst God awfull feelling in the world. By the way - SVT's cause your heart to race. A-Fibs cause your heart to "flutter". I was told your heart rate should never exceed 160 bpm no mater what you are doing. My rate topped out at 240 bpm.
As a result of my previous cardiac incidents I was being treated by Dr. A and Dr. D is my primary care. It should be noted they are in different cities and affiliated with different care facilities which made it challenging at times. Both are great Dr's I trust them with my life - I would trust them with yours!!! Due to the geographical difficulties I was convinced to move my cardiac care to Dr. B who is in the same city as my primary Dr and affiliated with the same health care facility. Not a problem until...
I was convinced by Dr. B that I needed a Catheter ablation. In a nut shell - there was a problem with the electrical impulses in my heart and the only way to cure is to "burn" the short. Cut a hole in your leg and neck, insert some probes, induce the problem and burn that part of the inside of your heart. Yeah... I'm an electrician and I've never fixed a short by burning the wires. But I trusted Dr. B. After TWO ablations, ONE stenting, and ONE balloning in a two month period I still had irregular heart beats. I tried for several weeks to explain this to Dr. B and he suggested I go in for a "sleep study"!!! What the hell has that got to do with my heart. Reluctanly I went and spent the night in the hospital.
Not happy with Dr. B I put my tail between my legs and went back to Dr. A to find out what is going on. By this time I have been on my "machine" for about a week. Dr A said he was happy to see I was on Cpap therapy and he would have did this first!!! Saaaay Whaaaat??? He then went in details and explained how important it is for you to sleep to allow your heart to rest, heal, and repair and it can't do that if you are constantly waking to breath. It is possible that I may not have gone through all those "proceedures".
The bottom line is this - Don't mess around. Don't play around with Sleep Apnea. Get the therapy / treatment you need and get into it all the way. Learn all you can and take charge of your therapy / treatment and, more important, your life!!! If you follow football, you may know who Reggie White was - Hall-of-Fame Deffensive end, Played for Philly, Green Bay, and Carolina or Eagles, Packers, Panthers. He was 43 when he passed away. The following was pasted from Wikipedia
Quote:On the morning of December 26, 2004, White was rushed from his home in Cornelius, North Carolina, to a nearby hospital in Huntersville, North Carolina, where he was pronounced dead. White had suffered a fatal cardiac arrhythmia. The most likely cause of this, according to the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner's Office, was the cardiac and pulmonary sarcoidosis that he had lived with for years. It was also stated that sleep apnea, which White was known to suffer from, contributed to his death. [ His grave site is situated at Glenwood Memorial Park, Mooresville, North Carolina.
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