Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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From: John


I'm a 53 year old male who is also a ultra runner. I mentioned this problem to my doctor and he threw out the term vaso-vagal. Here are my symptoms. When I run and I take in some liquid I tend to burp. Quite often, this is followed by the feeling of blacking out, dizziness, and that sensation you get when you stand up too fast! Because of my running, my resting pulse is in the mid to upper 40's and my blood pressure is around 110/65 or so. It's somewhat scary as most of my running is done in the desert or mountains alone and miles from anywhere. Any suggestions or similiar problems please contact me at

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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