PACs … and not the political kind
The doc just called to let me know the results of the Holter Event Monitor that I wore for a month. She said almost everything came back normal, but there was 1 instance recorded of a PAC, which could explain the sensations I’m having.
After reading a few things about it, it does sound pretty much like what I’m feeling. Everything I read says it’s normal, and that only in rare cases does it indicate something more serious.
But since there was only 1 instance of a PAC being recorded, does that put me back at square one, with still no official reason for the ER visit 2 months ago? Was the 1 recorded PAC a fluke, having nothing to do with anything? Or did the Holter Event Monitor just not catch it every time, and this really is the only thing “wrong” with my heart?
It doesn’t explain the shortness of breath, racing heartbeat, and the numbness on my right side the night I called for an ambulance. What caused those symptoms?
Should I pursue this further, or just let it go for now? I will have another appointment with my doc soon, and maybe by then I’ll have worked this all out, and will be able to come to a decision. For now, though, I’m filled with more questions than answers.
- Premature atrial contraction – Wiki
- Premature Atrial Contractions (PACs) – Cardiac Health
- Heart Rhythm Disorders – MedicineNet
- Causes of Premature Atrial Contractions – LiveStrong
- Premature Contractions – American Heart Assn.
- Heart Rhythm Disorders – WebMD