Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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From: abbycat


my husband was diagnosed with vaso vagal syndrome just yesterday. Here is his history... Past history of passing out when blood is being drawn, being in a hospital, anything associated with a hospital. He hadnt been feeling well so off to the emergency room we went for blood tests and chest x rays. All that was negative for his heart. He was admitted for the nite to have a stress test done the next day. At 5 am the next morn in the hospital he was having his blood drawn and began to feel nauseasa, light headed and sick to his stomach. He then passed out and his heart rate diminished to a flat line for 25 seconds. Fortunately he was in the hospital and was given medication to jump start his heart. Then next day he was given a pacemaker. Turns out he had a viral infection that made the episode even worse. Doctors say he has had this since childhood. The episode was triggered by anxiety due to a having his blood drawn, being in the hospital. This is the explanation what was given to us by the cardiologist. Scarry, but we are so grateful he was in the hospital when this happened.

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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