Hello! I am hoping someone can answer some questions for me. I have always had tachycardia.(116 bpm)On a visit to my Doc about 3 months ago.He checked pulse and told me that we should try to slow my pulse down with Topril.I was to take 2 (25 mg tabs) per day.(1 in AM and 1 in PM.) After about 4 days of not be able to walk any distance (S.O.B)..I went back and Doc cut me down to just 1 tab per day. After 2 weeks of that..went back again and my pulse was about 40 bpm. I was told to d/c topril and referred me to cardiologist after taking EKG. Cardio did a stress test on me and results looked ok..when they put holter monitor on for 24 hrs, results didnt look good.Cardio started me on topril again and also diovan along with magnesium. I had an echo done and got results today..Doc told me I was a little young(52 yrs) to have to have pacemaker and after tests from this next holter will decide what they should do.(seeing if meds are working) My question is this..If I was feeling fine with my tachycardia and breathing fine..why make my pulse so low? Also what is WVC? Doc asked me if anyone had mentioned to me WVC. I have searched the internet and unable to find the answer.I remembered Answerpool. Thanks for replying in advance!
I'm afraid Bedstor's source article is talking about chickens, and the wing vein cannula is something inserted into a vein of the bird's wing.
In people, so-called butterfly IV needles have plastic "wings" attached, but are not known as WVCs. I'm familiar with many medical abbreviations but have never heard of WVC.
Marguerite, is it possible the mystery abbreviation is either WPW or PVCs? I'm also puzzled that a pacemaker would be considered for tachycardia -- it's normally associated with treating bradycardia. Do you know what the Holter monitor showed?
It's important to know the exact nature of the tachycardia. In other words, there are many kinds of rhythms, some more potentially dangerous than others, that can cause the heart rate to be elevated. You are certainly entitled to have a full understanding of what was found, and it sounds as if your doctors may have fallen a bit short of achieving that with you. I'd strongly suggest getting together either with your primary doc or the cardiologist; and I'd say the excellent question you asked, namely if I felt fine why is there a problem, is a perfect way to start the conversation. It ought to lead to a better explanation of the particular rhythm you have and what the potential problems are. There's a long list, depending on the details.
The abbreviations the professor proffered came to my mind, also. I can't come up with a definition of WVC.
As to the prof's comment about pacemaker: there is a thing called "tachy-brady" syndrome, in which there is a risk of going from too fast to too slow, and a pacemaker is sometimes used to protect against it.
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Thank you for replying. I have asked cardiologist yesterday, when he did another echo on me.I asked him directly.."why couldn't I just continue to live with my pulse beating fast (as I have for so many years) when I had energy and could play tennis?" Doc answered and told me that my pulse was too irregular. He also told me that I have hypertenson. Stated on the diovan, mag/oxy and topril again. Yesterday, he told me that the echo and stress test look ok and that I will return next week for the holter again. (this will 4 or 6 weeks from the 1st one) I am not sure what the holter showed the 1st time. But from his reaction, seemed like it must be skipping beats..My pulse was about 37bpm and when I asked him about that..he told me not to worry about that. My b/p was about 156/98. (I thought pulse was dangerously low) He also told me that if I left this untreated that a stroke or fibrillation could occur.
Lol..when I clicked on Bedstors' link saw that about the chickens..