When dad got covid (over a year ago) his heart rate shot up to like 120bpm and has stayed there ever since.
He has congenital heart disease (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy). Having a constantly high pulse rate is bad news.
In a normal person they would do a thing called cardioversion where the heart is electrically shocked to kinda stun it. Usually the heart starts to beat normal after that.
But dads structural heart disease contraindicates this - they can’t guarantee the shocked heart would start again.
As a result he is now on heroic dosages of beta blockers to try and put the brakes on his heart.
Anyway today he got up to go in the other room and all of a sudden he said he couldn’t move his legs. He was stood up but was pretty panicked.
I bore his weight and helped him the 6 feet back to the sofa. It was heartbreaking. He has aged so fast post covid
oh how awful…so sorry. upsetting…thank goodness you were there for him.
That’s what I thought too. I am staying at their house because work is being done on my apartment. So is sheer luck I was there
Much love to you and your father, @Jimbob .
That sounds tough man
Hang in there
Buy any new movies lately bud?
I recently got Shudder again so my purchases have really cooled down due to having it.
That’s tough, Jimbob.
Watching our parents get older and have issues is painful.
I’m sorry you had that experience, man.
Hey Monte no new movies but fancy going on a body horror binge ya know? What’s that one with the pornstar in it? Think it’s a cronenberg movie
Sounds fun man!!!
I think you’re thinking of Rabid, with Marilyn Chambers?
She was in some super raunchy 70s pornos, but she actually did a great job in Rabid.
On the commentary Cronenberg says he has no idea what ever happened to her, or why she didn’t pursue more straight films.
Yep that is the one. Good movie. Body horror movies have a big impact on me
Definitely big dude. There’s just something about the human body going batshit crazy that probably plays into a very primal fear.
I hope that was just a blip with your father. Do you think that episode should be reported to his doctor?
That is scary. I hope that was like @everhopeful said, a one time blip
They didn’t offer him catheter ablation as an option? The worst outcome is usually that you may need a pacemaker if your nerve tissue is too damaged by the procedure.
Funny you should say that - I was just wondering about pacing. I mean it would make sense.
Tbh I think he is a bit too old to undergo ablation. His general health is pretty poor.
Thanks so much for the suggestion though @ozymandias
And yeah @everhopeful @anon4362788 i am gonna urge him to tell his consultant
My dad has rapid heart beat. They shocked his heart. It was normal at first, but now he has a fast heartbeat again.
Medication was tried first, but didn’t work.
The doctor is having him wait 90 days. If his heartbeat isn’t better he’s going to get a pacemaker.
@SpringRose so sorry your loved one is suffering too
I’m hope your dad gets better.