During my pregnancy with Oliver, I started having heart issues. My heartbeat would be irregular, I’d be out of breath fairly quickly, and my heart rate would be sky high. I think they registered on the monitor that it got as high as 162 bpm while I was sleeping.
The cardiologist decided it’s postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, or POTS. I’ve been on blood pressure for it for months. It’s debilitating and I feel weak along with the palpitations. Some people suffer from fainting spells because of it; thankfully, that hasn’t happened to me.
The blood pressure medicine is not working at the moment.
When I woke up yesterday morning, my heart rate was 145 bpm just out of bed.
Ironically, the answer seems to be exercise. It’s just the opposite of what I feel like doing when I’m having a POTS episode. Besides exercise, adding a crazy amount of salt to my diet seems to help.
I’ll admit: my cardiologist told me months ago now that I need to be walking an hour a day. An hour a day! How in the world am I supposed to get that done?
Truthfully, I have no excuse. I do have the time. It’s the motivation that I lack. I’m working on that issue, though. With giving up caffeine and altering my diet a little bit, I’m on a bit of a health kick at the moment. Ignoring the POTS is not a great thing from that respect.
So…..I intend to walk an hour today. I always feel better when I do yoga, but my cardiologist was clear about the fact that yoga won’t cut it for this issue. I need to be doing hard cardio.
We’ll see how it goes.