In June, La La Anthony needed emergency heart surgery just after an erratic heartbeat eventually knocked her out.
La La shares her story
In her Self cover story published Friday, the former La La shared the shocking medical news, explaining that she was hospitalized with premature ventricular contractions (PVCs) in 2019.
“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, 39, told the magazine. “I just thought, ‘Oh, you just feel your heart racing sometimes because you’re working too much, you haven’t slept, you’re stressed.’”
Extra heartbeats are caused by PVCs, which disturb a person’s normal cardiac rate. Although PVCs aren’t generally harmful, they can be problematic if they happen frequently, causing problems including persistent heart rhythm disorders or even cardiomyopathy.
La La tends to “diagnose” herself, but her ailments were too troubling.
“I started feeling it even more — like this fluttering and this racing all the time,” she recalled. “I was like, ‘What is going on?’”
La La also revealed she’s had “about 25 percent more heartbeats over the course of the day than the average person.”
She described her doctors were “They were very, very concerned.” “Within a 24-hour period, they said, my heart was beating 30,000 extra beats more than the average person. It was going fast constantly.
“Your heart is a muscle,” she continued. “If a muscle is working so hard all the time, eventually the muscle will get weak and cause heart attack, stroke, death, whatever it is.”
Anthony’s physicians initially suggested drugs for her, but she refused to take it because it made her feel lethargic. She subsequently required emergency surgerya, heart treatment (June 1st) after becoming woozy, sweaty, and pale.
The two-hour procedure, which involved inserting a catheter into her heart via her groin, had some “scary moments” when she awoke roughly halfway through caused by medical requirement.
“They would wake me up during the procedure and say, ‘We’re going to speed your heart up now. Just take deep breaths,’” she remembered. “Those doctors were just so incredible, but it was a terrifying experience.”
After the surgery, La La stayed in the hospital for four days and has had checkups every two months. Kiyan, her 14-year-old son and ex husband Carmelo Anthony, prompted her to speak on her experience.
“The more I thought about it and actually talked to my son, he was just like, ‘Mom, like, it can actually help people out there to become aware of listening to their bodies,’” she explained.
“I can turn it into something that can actually help people out there and also make people understand, I’m human. I go through s–t … it’s life.”
La La filed for divorce from Carmelo Anthony, 37, the very same month as her operation, following a long estrangement from him.
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