My Bride’s Awful Heart: A Trip to the Hospital

BallonMy 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.


  1. Dr Sarah says

    Hooray! Out of professional interest, I would be curious to know which arrhythmia it turned out to be? Wishing her a speedy and uncomplicated recovery.

  2. says

    They acknowledged the episode, said it was exactly what they needed to see, and told her that they would ideally like one more reading.

    Does that mean you’re going to have to try to – uh – induce the same response again?

  3. Numenaster says

    This sounds very much like the scenario that The Boyfriend went through, complete with the spike to 220 bpm. Except his occurred when he was prepping for the first gig with a new band and didn’t have the material down cold. Equal stress, much less fun. And I wasn’t even in town. In his case the monitoring people AND his regular doctor’s office both left phone messages for him. When he got home from the gig he went straight to the hospital as the messages recommended: at 1AM, naturally.

    He had an ablation performed in February 22 and hasn’t had an arrhythmic episode since mid-March, but he had to cut caffeine out to achieve that. As a bonus, he’s sleeping better than he has in decades. I hope your bride has an equally stellar outcome.

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