Monday, August 30, 2010

Prayers for Marissa

This is my granddaughter Marissa. She is in need of prayers. She has been waking up in the middle of the night with major nose bleeds. Nose bleeds so bad she is covered in blood. She has also been diagnosed a while back with Wolff Parkinson's White Syndrome. An EKG this morning showed problems with her heart. She is seeing a cardiologists tomorrow morning at 9am. For those who don't know what this is, I have enclosed information about it. But I ask you, please pray for her. We are so worried. Thank you.

What is Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome?

Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome is a condition characterized by abnormal electrical pathways in the heart that cause a disruption of the heart's normal rhythm (arrhythmia).

The heartbeat is controlled by electrical signals that move through the heart in a highly coordinated way. A specialized cluster of cells called the atrioventricular node conducts electrical impulses from the heart's upper chambers (the atria) to the lower chambers (the ventricles). Impulses move through the atrioventricular node during each heartbeat, stimulating the ventricles to contract slightly later than the atria.

What are the symptoms of Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome

People with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome are born with an extra connection in the heart, called an accessory pathway, that allows electrical signals to bypass the atrioventricular node and move from the atria to the ventricles faster than usual. The accessory pathway may also transmit electrical impulses abnormally from the ventricles back to the atria. This extra connection can disrupt the coordinated movement of electrical signals through the heart, leading to an abnormally fast heartbeat (tachycardia) and other arrhythmias. Resulting symptoms include dizziness, a sensation of fluttering or pounding in the chest (palpitations), shortness of breath, and fainting (syncope). In rare cases, arrhythmias associated with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome can lead to cardiac arrest and sudden death. The most common arrhythmia associated with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome is called paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia