Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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vasovagal syncope

From: Brenda Dunn


I was having gallbladder surgery and my heart stopped. My surgeon said it was due to a vasovagal reaction which I had experienced for the past 20 years . I didn't realize that it would actually cause me to "flatline" during surgery. My primary care provider had always made it sound like a minor problem and nothing to really be concerned about. I am afraid it will happen again and am asking to be referred to a cardiologist. Please let me know any information that you think may be helpful to me.

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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