My bride is 33 years old. Since she was 14, she has been having heart palpitations, here and there. Over the years, she would have an episode, run to the doctor, and it would stop before she got there. Many doctors were skeptical, even shooing her away with napkin drawings of what could be going on with her heart, but no real solutions.
Needless to say, this frustrated Kristine very much. So, a month ago, she went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and met with a cardiologist. The team of heart people recommended a course of action that would fix this thing once and for all.
They installed a LINQ (Medtronic) in her chest, an operation that was 50-seconds long and cost $18,000 (thank you, insurance!). Then we sat and waited.
The other day, we were…uh…busy with certain marital…uh…duties, and she had an episode for 30-seconds. The doctors saw it and called her immediately, at 1:30 AM. They acknowledged the episode, said it was exactly what they needed to see, and told her that they would ideally like one more reading.
Two nights ago, Kristine went out on the town and had an episode. It lasted for over an hour with her heart racing up to 220 bpm. She called an ambulance and they rushed her to the hospital. The police officer (who didn’t throw her to the ground, being my bride is white) on the scene put a stethoscope on her heart and his jaw dropped to the ground. I have body cam video for posterity.
Now, Mayo has what they need and are scheduling an ablation procedure to fix something called AVNRT.
There were tears. My bride is relieved. A 20-year battle, finally coming to an end, hopefully.