La La Anthony has revealed that she underwent emergency surgery in June to treat a heart condition that she had struggled with for years.
In a new interview with Self magazine, the 39-year-old television personality described the harrowing experience during which she was rushed to the hospital after she became so light-headed that she could barely stand.
‘I never felt anything like that before,’ La La told the magazine.
Scary: La La Anthony has revealed that she underwent emergency surgery in June to treat a heart condition that she had struggled with for years. Seen in November 2021
The former MTV VJ said that her heart was racing, she was sweating and her cousins told her that that she looked pale.
La La’s family including her 14-year-old son Kiyan began pleading with her to let them call an ambulance
‘Kiyan was like, ‘Mom, please let them call because you don’t look like yourself,” the Brooklyn native said.
Terrifying: In a new interview with Self magazine, the 39-year-old television personality described the harrowing experience during which she was rushed to the hospital after she became so light-headed that she could barely stand
La La initially resisted calling the ambulance and when the EMTs arrived, she tried to assure them that she would be fine.
Yet, she was convinced to go to the hospital when one of the EMTs told her, ‘If you were my sister, I would say you have to go right now.’
For years, La La had been plagued by premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), extra heartbeats that begin in one of the heart’s two lower ventricles and disrupt a person’s regular heart rhythm.
However, she had been postponing undergoing a surgical procedure to correct her heartbeat.
After arriving at the hospital, the Think Like A Man actress underwent a two-hour surgery, part of which she had to be awake due to medical necessity.
La La explained, ‘There were a lot of scary moments.’
‘They would wake me up during the procedure and say, ‘We’re going to speed your heart up now…. Just take deep breaths.’
‘Those doctors were just so incredible,’ she continued. ‘But it was a terrifying experience.’
Harrowing: ‘Those doctors were just so incredible,’ she continued. ‘But it was a terrifying experience.’ Seen in 2020
After the surgery, La La spent four days in the hospital. She had soreness in her chest for two weeks and was told not to overexert herself as she recovered.
In 2019, a doctor who was examining La La while she was in Vancouver shooting BH90210 became concerned when he listened to her heart. He asked if she had talked to anyone about her PVCs and recommended that she go to the hospital for further testing .
La La declined because she wanted to wait until she was home in New York before seeking out further medical attention.
At the time, La La had been experiencing the symptoms of premature ventricular contractions for several years but had not been formally diagnosed.
‘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,’ she said. ‘I just thought, Oh, you just feel your heart racing sometimes because you’re working too much, you haven’t slept, you’re stressed.’
Ongoing: At the time, La La had been experiencing the symptoms of premature ventricular contractions for several years but had not been formally diagnosed. Seen in 2019
‘You know, we, especially Black people, like to self-diagnose. We got all the answers.’
However, La La became concerned when her symptoms became more persistent.
‘You know how the mind works,’ she said. ‘I started feeling it even more—like this fluttering and this racing all the time. I was like, ‘What is going on?”
She saw a doctor when she returned to New York. Her doctor became alarmed by her EKG results which showed that she was experiencing 25% more heartbeats over the course of the day than the average person.
‘They were very, very concerned,’ she says. ‘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. 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.’
La La was prescribed medication which she eventually stopped taking due to its side effects which included fatigue.
However, she had been advised that she would have to receive a cardiac ablation if her symptoms continued.
La La, who has a fear of needles, resisted getting the surgery which involves the insertion of multiple catheters into the heart.
‘Had it not happened [as an emergency],’ La La said. ‘I probably would have still just been continuing to put it off, put it off, put it off.’
Since receiving the surgery, La La’s heartbeat has returned to normal. Now she advises others to address their health concerns as soon as possible.
‘You want to be able to live it to the fullest, and you don’t want something that can easily be corrected to be a reason why you’re not able to enjoy life or be there for your family or your friends. Use me as an example of why not to wait.’
Advice: Since receiving the surgery, La La’s heartbeat has returned to normal. Now she advises others to address their health concerns as soon as possible