Heart palpitations, online searches tell me, are common to a lot of people who suffer anxiety and other mental health issues, and apparently pregnant women too.
Unfortunately, I am one of many women with a heart condition, Focal Ventricular Fibrillation, specifically. Which translates to a potential ‘wobble’ of the heart instead of beating properly, when the Foci (which makes the heart beat) beats out of sync and knocks the heart out of the rhythm it cannot get back to.
This is the reason I fell seriously ill at 25 years old, and had a cardiac arrest.
So, these heart palpitations then, are extremely concerning for someone like me. I live in a perpetual state of “I’ll be fine, I have an S-ICD which will defibrillate if need be” and “Oh my god, what if I get defibrillated and it doesn’t work to get me back into sync and nobody is here to help me?” anyway. Adding to this normal feeling I have felt a few palpitations over the last week, so I contacted my GP.
This morning the delightful Zio Patch, which I ‘reviewed’ last year has been sent through the post from my cardiologist at Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, so my concerns were seen as valid after all! If something feels odd ask about it. I cannot stress this enough. I had one close call and survived but my God was it close, let’s not risk it anymore.
I’ll be wearing my Zip Patch for two weeks and then will send it back to the hospital to check the readings. Any responses from it I will of course write about.
But my real reason for writing this post is to say to anyone Googling out of worry about palpitations, weird feelings or flutterings especially around your heart DO NOT HESITATE to contact your midwife, GP or anyone in the healthcare environment just to let them know.
It probably is only pregnancy symptoms, but please, please do not rely on Google to quell your anxiety if you know your body and feel not quite right.
Better safe than sorry.