I've had PSVT for about 9 years. Recently it has become significantly worse. I am uninsured, and very scared. What to expect financially from treatment, and am I going to die?
Previous to last Wednesday, my PSVT
was the low end, manageable kind. Anywhere between 1-10 episode a year, max BPM of around 180, max time elapsed of around 2.5 minutes. I've always been able to reset my heart via vagus nerve maneuver.
Fast forward to last Wednesday, and I'm sitting in my desk chair when a new one starts. Immediately I'm not concerned. This happens.
I time my heartbeat because it feels a little faster than normal, and this time it is thumping at 245 BPM. Now I'm getting worried, and anxiety is the last thing I want in this situation. Okay. I go to the restroom to bear down for vagus nerve reset. No dice. I took my phone with me to the restroom just in case. We're coming up on minute 4 now, holding steady around 215 bpm.
At minute 6, I begin to feel dizzy. At minute 8, I call 911 and ask for EMS because I am concerned I am going to pass out. At minute 12, the bottom drops out with what was (to me) an audible THUNK followed by a sensation of falling, and my heart is down to 123 bpm. EMS arrives, hooks me up, and I'm fluctuating between 95 and 130.
They tell me that I've pretty much left the stage of the condition where I can self-regulate my heart. I need to get meds, they say, and maybe a procedure (radial ablation I think is what they said).
So I'm going on Monday morning first thing to my GP, whom I imagine is just going to check my vitals, write a thing, and refer me to a cardiologist. I guess there's adenosine treatments, maybe something about beta blockers or some other pill you can take at onset....I'm not really sure.
So the questions.
1. I am uninsured. What am I looking at financially? Am I going to be paying this off for the rest of my life? What is the outlay of medicine vs surgery costs?
2. I am very scared. This keeps getting me panicky, lame as it sounds. My concern is...that I will have another PSVT spike, and this time something else in my heart will break, and I will die. Is that a valid concern? Does that happen? Any ideas on how to reduce my feelings of anxiety and terror?
Thank you for any helpful advice in advance.