It's interesting how things change around us when we don't seem to have changed ourselves. For years, every doctor I've ever seen has commented that I must be pretty active--which I generally have been--because all my life I've had what they referred to as a "runner's heart." I don't know if the term is still used, but it just meant that my heart rate is slower than normal. It always has been.
to the recent fun with my back and either my age or seeing a doctor who
didn't have my medical history or a change in medical practices, this
is now a "potential problem" that I could be referred to a cardiologist
for. I suppose I can't really blame him--if you faint in the ER you're
probably going to be tested for everything--but as the cardiologist
could only do something ghastly like give me a pacemaker that would rev
my heart up faster than it generally EVER goes and I would probably feel
like I was about to explode, I refused. They already checked to make
sure I didn't have a heart murmur, but were quite concerned that I had
been fainting. I was a bit concerned myself as I'd never done it before
and just waking up in a different place than you were a second ago is a
shock for anyone, but my slow heartbeat and I made it to the age of 41
without passing out EVER, so I'm not too worried. My sister, who has a
normal heart rate, faints all over the place and once even managed to
fall forward out of the ophthalmologist's chair during an appointment.
As I'm not taking any medications that I'm unaware of, nor do I have a
heart murmur, I'm not terribly worried about the heart rate thing
myself, but I am a bit worried about the medical community in the
future. Now that they can't just chalk it up to "normal for a young
healthy person," am I going to spend the rest of my life being hooked up
to EKG machines every time I need to see a doctor? Am I going to be
stalked by cardiologists wanting to give me a pacemaker? Is this all
happening because I'm over 40, or have we so homogenized healthcare in
America that "normal" can now only be what is average and not "normal"
for a particular individual? Geez, and I hated seeing doctors BEFORE all of this.....
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