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From: J. Jackson
I once had a similar episode while giving blood and have since been diagnosed as having Vagal Response Syndrome after a tilt table test. I've been taking Atenolol for abt. 14 years with very good success (to treat arrythmia and VRS). Keeping hydrated, not overdoing the exercise or work, getting enough sleep and avoiding alcohol and caffeine have helped me live with this condition. When I forget to follow these habits is when I get into trouble. It requires lifestyle changes and it's not fun having to watch my activities so closely but it's much better than having episodes of nausea, cold sweats, anxiety and blacking out.