Thursday, November 29, 2012


     Quick update on some new information we got this morning.  The doctor thinks that Grandpa had an Adams-Stokes attack last night. 

     An Adams-Stokes attack consists of the heart dropping down to low beats per minute, and the lack of blood often causes fainting.  It can leave the patient feeling clammy, and forgetful of the situation.  Because the heart beat is irregular, and it can (and did) result in a heart block.  Grandpa's heart block is small enough that the doctors don't think it'll be an issue. 

     Here is what we have found out about Adams-Stokes:

  • There is collapse, usually without warning.
  • Loss of consciousness is usually between about 10 and 30 seconds.
  • Pallor, followed by flushing on recovery, can be reported.
  • Some seizure-like activity sometimes occurs if the attack is prolonged.  (this didn't occur in Grandpa)
  • If anyone manages to check the pulse during an episode, it will be slow, usually less than 40 beats per minute.
  • Typically, complete (third-degree) heart block is seen on the ECG during an attack but other ECG abnormalities such as tachy-brady syndrome have been reported
  • They are not posture-related.

  •      Adams-Stokes is usually experienced by older males who take medication for cholestreral or blood pressure (both of which Grandpa takes) and is easily treated with a pace-maker.

         We think they'll take him in for pace-maker surgery today, and I'll definatly keep all updated on the results of the surgery.

         I can't thank you all enough for your prayers.
    God Bless!
    Chloe M.   

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