Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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First Episode

From: Todd


Yesterday I was involved in a charity fundraiser Fire Truck Pull. Approximately 10 minutes after our second pull of the day, while sitting I became ill and began to dry heave. This was quickly followed by extreme dizziness and tunnel vision. According to my teammates I turned 7 shades of grey. 5-10 minutes later I was fine but went to hospital by ambulance anyways. The doctor said it was a vagal response to the exertion resulting in abnormally low blood pressure. Unfortunately he could provide me with little information other than that. I'm going to see my family doctor later this week, but until then I have a couple of questions for those of you more experienced in such episodes. 1) I'm 36 years old, weightlifting 3-4 times a week as well as playing other sports on a regular basis. Given recent events should I scale back on the exercise for a while or keep doing what I'm doing? 2) I am on medication to lower my high blood pressure. Could this be a mitigating factor? 3) Should I expect more of these episodes in the future?

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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