Tilt-a-whirl

Well... they did the tilt table test. And my HR went up to 125. BP stayed the same. Then they gave me some nitroglycerin. And my heart rate went up to 168, BP stayed the same. Then they brought me back down and the doc came in... he looked at the results... thought it over... asked a bunch of questions... and decided that I do have tachycardia that is caused by being upright and aggravated by heat... but POTS is not my problem. He thinks it would not cause the kind of 'crashes' that I have been feeling. He thinks there is an underlying problem that is causing the tachycardia that merits further investigation.

In the meantime I need to drink lots of water, eat lots of salty food, and try a low dose of Pindolol for a couple of weeks to see if it helps. When have you ever heard a cardiologist give the following advice: "Put salt on everything. Go out and buy a couple of bags of your favorite chips and pretzels and eat them every day." :-) Isn't that everyone's dream prescription?!

8 comments:

Tina in CT said...

What is the reason for all the salty food the cardiologist wants you to eat? What an ordeal you are going through.

Katya said...

Raise my blood volume/BP.

Olga said...

Why did he give you the nitroglycerin?
And you are welcome to drain the Long Island Sound when you are here. I am sure nobody would mind.
Olga

Anonymous said...

sounds like the doctor for me.

L

Katya said...

Nitroglycerin is a vasodilator (it dilates all of your blood vessels).

MoscowMom said...

Anything you're craving? How is your appetite in general?

You're REALLY in my thoughts, K.

Katya said...

That's part of the problem -- I have no appetite. I have been forcing myself to eat every couple of hours. My Dr. recommended Ensure -- so I have been chugging that for breakfast. That stuff tastes awful.

Joe Ganci said...

I want your doctor. But I guess that means I would have to have your body. I guess I just can't win!

Chin up, Katya. Swallow that salty stuff and take good care of yourself.