Heart block is when your heart has electrical conductivity issues, and is most commonly found in males ages 35-40. I have 1st degree heart block which I was diagnosed with at the cardiologists the other day. We don’t know if it’s congenital or acquired, but it was my fourth EKG in the past year, and all the ones before it DID show the heart block on it, but the technicians all marked them as “normal”. The cardiologist even did a bad job of explaining it to me and I’m deeply disappointed in the medical treatment I’ve received in the past few years, especially since my illnesses have progressed. I tried to explain that one of the EKGs I had was at the ER, after having prolonged extreme chest pains, that weren’t related to anything else and they marked an obviously abnormal EKG as normal. The heart block has been causing me a lot of issues, with trouble breathing after small amounts of effort, wheezing, extreme fatigue to the point of my vision blurring and going black from walking a few blocks, needing to rest and take breaks with everything, even during getting dressed for the day. This all started in 2018, I had some fatigue before, but nothing like this. And since we don’t have any EKGs from before my symptoms started, we don’t know how long I’ve had it or if it’s progressing. Right now it’s just monitoring symptoms but if they progress, I’ll need a pacemaker.
One theory the cardiologist has is that it was caused by my excessive alcoholism from ages 10-15 (when I decided to get sober, and have only relapsed a few times since then). We don’t know for sure. •
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