Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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From: Diane


My 14 year old daughter started having 'fainting spells' that we could not explain. For about a year she had noticed that she was light-headed in the mornings but it would pass. Last year she passed out several times during mid-mornings. Her pediatrician sent her for an EEG as her older sister has epilepsy. All showed normal. This continued for another month and then seemed to stop. Last January she fainted 3 times in school while trying to get to the nurse. We were then sent to a Pediatric Cardiologist who suggested vasovagel. He related it to dehydration as her blood pressure dropped dramatically when she did several simple physical tests in his office. The immediate treatment has been lots more fluids, no caffeine and some more salt in her diet. Now, the only times she becomes lightheaded and feels faint she can relate it to not enough fluids for the day. I'm glad hers was so simple to "fix". She just HAS TO drink more fluids than most of her friends and being a normal teenager, hates for me to remind her - but we are working that one out :-) Thank you for letting me share.


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