January 10, 2009

My Heart Hurts

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I've been having chest pain over the past few days. It's intermittent, but quite often. In my curiosity over this ambiguous angina, I decided to do a little self diagnosing at work last night so I hooked myself up to the heart monitor. Yes I did....hooked up all my leads and everything, but it was a little tricky considering I couldn't look at myself to know which lead goes on the right or left, but I figured it out. Just one of the perks of being a nurse at a hospital...getting to use the equipment! I watched as the rhythm of my heart spead across the screen. Lub, Dub. Lub, Dub. I was a tad tachy...119, but I did just have a Mountain Dew, so I wasn't too worried there.

I looked for the familiar wave patterns. My Q,R,S was not wide, which is a good sign, and I saw all the P waves and T waves in their proper location. It looked like Normal Sinus Rhythm to me...so why all this chest pain? Why does my heart give me so much pain lately?

Either the monitor was broken or it's just my heart. Well, that settles it! It's just plain broke. I have a broken heart.....I didn't need a monitor to tell me that.


Drofen said...


I'm so sorry you've had such a rough time lately. Wish I was there help--but then that might just make things worse. :(