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Television personality, and actress, La La Anthony shares the reason why she prioritizes her self-care following her experience with alarming health matters this summer.
While recently speaking with Self Magazine, the 39-year-old shares her premature ventricular contractions diagnosis in 2019. The day after a Memorial Day family barbecue, Anthony became to feel two symptoms and ultimately resulted in emergency surgery.
“I felt my heart racing all the time, but because it’s all I ever really knew, I didn’t even know that it was necessarily something wrong,” Anthony said.
Experiencing the extreme lightheaded sensation, she also begins to sweat profusely. Anthony no can ignore these symptoms.
“I was like, ‘What is going on,’” the actress shares that her EKG results showed she was having “about 25 percent more heartbeats over the course of the day than the average person.”
Following her experience with extreme lightheaded sensation, the profoundly sweating, and paleness started. Finding her in the kitchen, her 14-year-old son, Kiyan, whom she shares with Carmelo Anthony, and her cousins urged her to get medical assistance.
Rushing to a nearby hospital, she says that she needs to have a heart procedure — something she admittedly had been avoiding. During her two-hour heart surgery, Anthony shares parts of her “scary” experience during the procedure.
“They would wake me up during the procedure and say, ‘We’re going to speed your heart up now. Just take deep breaths,’” she recalls. “Those doctors were just so incredible, but it was a terrifying experience.”
Despite being prescribed medication that can help restore a stable heartbeat, the Brooklyn native confesses that the side effects stopped her from continuing to take the medication.
“It really makes you so tired and out of it,” she discloses. “I’m on set. I’m reading scripts. I’m filming. There’s no way I could just be that tired. I was literally head-bobbing mid-conversation.”
Anthony also states that if the emergency hospital visit didn’t occur, she would have continued to avoid undergoing the procedure.
“Had it not happened [as an emergency], I probably would have still just been continuing to put it off, put it off, put it off,” says Anthony.
Succeeding her surgery, the actress remained in the hospital for four days as she recovered.
“Just that quick,” she exclaims while stating her health improvements. “Everything kind of evened itself out and leveled out.”
Now taking her health more seriously, Anthony attends checkups every two months and prioritizes her self-care.
“This made me reprioritize myself because it’s always about everyone else and work and this and that,” she reveals. “And it’s like, if I’m not good, I’m not gonna be good for anyone.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, those fluttering feelings or skipped beats in your chest are caused by beats disrupting your regular heart rhythm. Furthermore, having frequent PVCs might increase your risk of developing heart rhythm problems or weakening of the heart muscle.
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