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Very Worried Over Abnormal EKG

BamaCherylBBamaCheryl Posts: 45
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am one week from surgery and have to go to a cardio now for testing over abnormal EKGs run at pre-op and at my GP at the request of my NS. My GP wouldn't clear surgery for the NS and now a cardiologist is involved. I'm worried and now my husband is begging me not to go into surgery. I think this problem stems from a birth defect that I was told years ago that I have, which was found during a hysterectomy surgery that is called a intraventricular conduction delay of the heart. I am now worried that 8 or more hours in surgery may not be the best thing for my heart. I go for stress and echos tomorrow at the cardio office. This is getting down to the wire and I haven't got a clue what I should do. :SS I'm really on an emotional rollercoaster...one minute everything is a go and the next minute I am dealing with another part of the body. :''(


  • Try not to stress out to much. Hopefully a cardiologist will clear you tomorrow.

    I had an echo before my PLIF (after a normal EKG). I had experienced an anxiety attack and the NS sent me to a specialist. They found a small hole in my heart but the cardiologist didn't think it was anything to worry about.

    I hope all goes well for you tomorrow. Surgery can always be rescheduled (my PLIF was denied by insurance at the last minute and the ACDF that I am waiting for was denied by my insurance 3 days before hand).



  • Try not to worry. Better to postpone the surgery until you know the status of your heart health. Hopefully it is an old problem and not that significant....

    Did the surgeon tell you why your PLIF would be eight hours? I can't imagine why it would take so long for a two level fusion.

    Good luck tomorrow. Hope the tests go OK for you.

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  • told me I would be his biggest challenge to date. He told me he has to pull a lot things apart and work on the getting the nerves back where they belong. He told me one patient he recently operated on that was very similar to me went in at 7 am and didn't get finished until 6 pm. He thinks mine will take just as long. Thank you for your thoughts and well wishes. I know part of this is last minute jitters and I want my husband to agree with me to have surgery because of the pain I live with every day. He is afraid of the worst happening. I dont know how to convince him. Maybe if the cardio says I am fine that will help reinforce my well being on the operating table for him as well as me.
  • Got a clean bill of heart health today. The ECHO was fine. Thank goodness. I do have something from birth called a intraventricular conduction delay but the cardiologist said that that this is not an underlying problem of something more serious and it will be safe for me to have surgery next Tuesday. I am getting ready now and taking care of my last minute details before going in. I got a checklist of things to do. I am keeping postive. Hugs to everyone.
  • Good news Cheryl. I'm so glad it wasn't something horrible and serious. Now get that back taken care of and get well!


    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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  • Great news. Have a great weekend.

  • It seems if you have heart issues they really shouldn't scare you so bad!!! Wish there was a better way.

    Glad to see that you are good to go and have the cardiologists okay.

    Best of luck
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