A woman who had suffered from inexplicable symptoms for years revealed how she was eventually diagnosed with heart problems after a heart attack.
Amy Milns, 28, from London, had gone to the doctor a number of times with complaints about dizziness – but was sent away after tests on the brain came back clean.
Only when her heart was no longer beating, was Long Q T syndrome finally diagnosed, a rare hereditary heart disease that causes abnormal heart rhythms.
Incredibly, when she was arrested, her sister Sarah, from Cornwall, lived and was able to keep her alive until paramedics arrived using CPR skills she had learned a few days earlier.
In what Amy describes as another amazing coincidence, there was also a paramedic nearby, meaning she was able to receive the urgent care she needed.
The night before the trial, Amy Milns (photo in hospital) said she felt healthy and spent a quiet night with her friend Luke, sister Sarah and her sister's boyfriend – who were visiting from Cornwall
Amy and her sister Sarah – as her sister knew CPR doctors say her quick thinking saved her life
Amy remembered how healthy she was when she went to bed, but went into a cardiac arrest early in the morning of July 6 last year.
She writhed in bed and woke up her friend Luke, who was lying next to her.
Before calling in 999, Luke hurried to Amy's sister Sarah, who was staying with her boyfriend.
& # 39; Without being known to me, she (Sarah) jumped in and started chest compressions and shortly after a paramedic had walked through the door, & # 39; Amy continued. & # 39; I still can't believe that all those coincidences saved my life. & # 39;
Amy was taken to a hospital where she was placed in an induced coma and later diagnosed with Long Q T syndrome, a rare hereditary heart disease that causes abnormal heart rhythms.
If the untreated Long Q T syndrome can lead to cardiac arrest, she is more likely to get another.
To everyone's relief, Sarah came by the next day – but she had a bad memory loss in the short term. & # 39; I constantly asked where I was and what had happened to me & # 39 ;, she revealed.
Amy with her boyfriend Luke for the July last year incident, which shocked them both
What is Long QT Syndrome?
Long QT syndrome is an inherited heart rhythm disorder where the heart muscle needs more time to recharge between beats. In some people this can cause fainting or seizures (seizures).
Long QT syndrome is rare and affects approximately 1 in 2,000 people.
Symptoms can cause blackouts or fainting because the heart is no longer good enough to pump blood and the brain is temporarily halved of oxygen – the heart rhythm returns to normal within a minute or two and the person regains consciousness attacks, which sometimes happens instead of a blackout when the brain is famished by heart palpitations of oxygen, when the heart beats in a fast or unpredictable way
These symptoms can start unexpectedly and can be caused by: stress, a sudden sound – such as an alarm, heavy exercise – especially swimming, or a slow heartbeat during sleep.
For more information, visit the NHS website.
She was in intensive care and then went to an acute medical department and then to a general department. It was in the general department that she started to remember again.
& # 39; The biggest relief for me was that we talked very quickly about my heart and symptoms of abnormal heart rhythms.
& # 39; The last five years before that I had dizzy spells. They would come from nowhere. I never really knew what they were. It wouldn't be on my guard. I would feel very drunk. I went to the doctor about it. They have never done anything in my heart. I only tested my brain.
& # 39; I was told in the hospital that heart rhythm disorders can cause these symptoms. And that people could have heart palpitations. It was a huge relief to hear all of that. I thought I made it up. & # 39;
Sarah received an S-ICD, which acts as a personal defibrillator under the skin.
The S-ICD continuously monitors the heart rhythm 24 hours a day. It is always on call. If the S-ICD detects a problem with cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal rhythm), it sends an electric shock to correct it.
Sarah continued: & # 39; It took a while to recover and use for my defibrillation, but I had no idea how long it would take to recover from a mental point of view – I experienced so many different emotions …
& # 39; But the feeling that I have the most is how incredibly lucky I am to be here and to be alive to tell the story – I want more people to know about heart conditions like mine, all my life I had no idea I had this condition. & # 39;
She added: & # 39; Now that I am better again, I want to join them to raise as much money as possible to give back to the BHF and to save the lives of other people. & # 39;
Amy with her stepfather's sister-in-law – her stepfather had the BHF logo tattooed on his chest and he is terrified of needles
She was in intensive care and then went to an acute medical department and then to a general department. It was in the general department that she started to remember again. Pictured – Amy with Luke in the hospital
Luke and Amy with her roommate Dan, who was also there when she started fitting and was in cardiac arrest
Amy supports the British Heart Foundation. Go to bhf.org.uk/shop to find your local BHF store and fund life-saving heart research.
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