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Fixing A Racing Heartbeat at Lexington Cardiology

We’re pleased to bring you a blog series called “Meet the Patients.” We share the stories of Lexington Medical Center patients whose experiences will educate and inspire readers about the outstanding care provided throughout our hospital network and the importance of modern medicine.

For years, Natalie Herndon felt her heartbeat racing extremely fast. Many doctors dismissed the University of South Carolina student’s symptoms as anxiety. But at Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, doctors discovered something wrong with Natalie’s heart – and knew just how to fix it. She shares her story below.

Natalie’s condition was called PSVT – paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia. That’s an abnormal heart rhythm where the electrical signal goes in a circle around the heart rather than in a straight line from top to bottom. It causes a rapid heart rate and can make people feel palpitations, or fluttering, of the heart. In Natalie’s case, she was born with an extra electrical connection in the heart that allows the signal to move faster than usual. She underwent a cardiac ablation that stopped the abnormal heart rhythm in its tracks.

Since her procedure in July, Natalie no longer suffers from PSVT episodes.

For information on Dr. Christopher Rowley and Lexington Cardiology, visit LexCardio.com.

On the Road Again

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to present a new blog series called “Meet the Patients.” We share the stories of some of the members of our community that we have the privilege of treating in our hospital network.

Diane McNinch was born with a genetic heart condition called Long QT Syndrome. That’s where the muscle cells of the heart take an abnormally long tie to “recharge.” Untreated, LQTS can increase the risk for a life-threatening arrhythmia. Doctors with Lexington Cardiology, a Lexington Medical Center physician practice, implanted a defibrillator in Diane’s side to help keep her heart in a healthy rhythm.

The technology has allowed her to continue her passion for running. She shares her story below.

Many people have no symptoms, no family history of heart problems and may never know they have the condition. Others may have a family history of sudden cardiac death or worrisome symptoms. Symptoms can include palpitations, lightheadedness, loss of consciousness, seizures or even cardiac arrest. People with symptoms should see their doctor.

Diane is more than 1,200 women running in the Lexington Medical Center Heart and Sole Women’s Five Miler in Columbia tomorrow. You can still register. Visit HeartAndSoleRun.com.

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