Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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Simple test that anyone can do.



I had veso vagal for about 5 years in the early nineties, 40-45 yrs old at the time. I was passing out with the usual symptoms about 6-8 times a year, mostly at restaurants. I made a checklist of all the things I did that day, what I ate, how long I was passed-out for, how long it took me to recover, etc. etc. and took that to a neurologist who suspected and confirmed using a simple test. 1) he had me sit on his table at ease. 2) he took my pulse at say 72. 3) he said " I want you to close your mouth and nose passage and push as though you were trying to push your breath out of every oriface of your body for 30-40 seconds, while holding your breath." 4) I did and when he took my pulse again and it was in the low 40's. he said if you were one of those soldiers standing in the sun you'd be the one to pass out. It's called Veso Vagal Syncope.

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