Psalm 73:26 - My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Here we are at another Valentine’s Day. Hearts swell with love as one Valentine gives a gift to the other. The gift is meant to express their love by something tangible. But a gift alone won’t prove your love; it must also be expressed in action. All of this leads to two hearts beating together in the rhythm of their love.
When a couple first meets their heartbeats can flutter as they get to know each other. It’s like as if they’re in highschool when just seeing each other from across the classroom is enough to pick up the beat of their hearts.
When a couple begins to date, they get to know each other and their hearts begin to approach a link together just as a chair links when the clasp is closed.
And so it goes, the couple falls in love, and they can feel their hearts beating as one. They long for each other when they are away, and enjoy each other when they are together.
But then it happens. They argue, no longer seem to have the same interests and find themselves falling out of love. Their hearts no longer beat to the same rhythm they used to.
Arrithmias. They can happen when two people fall out of love. And their heart begins to beat separately instead of together. And so it can be in the life of the body.
An arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat, changes the rhythm of the heart. It means that it can beat too quickly, slowly or in an irregular pattern. I should know, because I have three different arrhythmias.
I have atrial flutter, where a circuit of electrical signals forms in one of the upper portions of my heart called the atria. I also have atrial fibrillation, where there are many circuits of electrical signals that form inside the atria of my heart. These circuits and irregular electrical signals are what cause the arrhythmias. The other rhythm problem that I have is skipped or extra beats of my heart which makes an uneven pattern.
Medicalnewstoday.com, in their article, “Arrhythmia: Causes, Symptoms, Types and Treatment,” provide us with some answers about arrhythmias. They break down the types of arrhythmias into slow heartbeat (bradycardia), fast heartbeat (tachycardia), irregular heartbeat (flutter or fibrillation), and early heartbeat (premature contraction). It also provides causes such as an overactive thyroid gland, symptoms such as fluttering in the chest, and treatments such as medications or ablation therapy.
I had an ablation procedure to help alieveate atrial flutter. Using two catheters the doctor went through blood vessels in my groin up to my heart. Once in the heart, the doctor burned the area where the source of the flutter was coming from.
All of this information may seem a bit overwhelming at first. But with the information on any procedure to be performed and a doctor you can trust, many times the arrhythmia can be eliminated or at least provide relief from the symptoms for you.
Notice the Bible verse above. In it you can see that even if our heart fails to do its job correctly, God is the strength of our heart and will watch over us forever.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.