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vagal syndrome



I was told yesterday by a cardiologist that I have this syndrome. 10 years ago I was worked up for documented v-tach. A life threatening v-tach was neg after EP studies. I cont to have clusters of episodes where I feel I am going to faint, they occur randomly, but it is the ones I have while driving that truly concern me. My treatment to putting a stop or reduce the episodes to these is to increase my salt intake,wear elastic stockings, drink more fluids and try to lie down when they occur. These episodes paralyze me. I would like to know what others have been told to try to reduce their occurences of these vagal episodes. How common is this syndrome? I was initially told to go on a benzodiazepine. I am a 44 yo female, I consider myself healthy, weigh 115lbs, active. Supposedly these episodes do not occur while exercising. Is that your opinion also?

This web site is not a substitute for a thorough medical evaluation and diagnosis of your vaso-vagal type symptoms.  Medical treatment and diagnosis is the only acceptable initial response to these serious symptoms since they might present from any number of life threatening and treatable illnesses. It is for you and your physician to rule out more serious illnesses; Please don't use this online forum as an alternative to getting responsible medical attention and being under the care of a physician for the duration of any unknown, suspected or dangerous vaso-vagal syndrome symptoms.
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