This is me, the guy who doesn’t have heart problems!

And my pulse oximeter.

The jagged line at the bottom of the screen is a very basic heart trace – all the peaks and troughs should be the same for a normal heart – mine, as you can see, isn’t normal. All 4 pics were taken in about 3 or 4 minutes – this is normal for me and, clearly, all is not well. And it feels much as it looks – as if I have a madly-flapping bird trapped in my chest!

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My heart frequently stops – pauses for a few seconds – then restarts with a hell of a bang, like being punched in the chest.

This has been going on for some 25 years. I was fitted with a 24-hour cardiac monitor in the eighties and, Sod’s Law, it didn’t happen once. It’s like that – some days it can happen every 15-20 minutes, others not at all, but it can pretty much guaranteed that when my breathing is bad, like today Continue reading