Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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vaso vagal episode

From: Wendy


Last week, while riding the bus to work at the Mayo Clinic, I awoke from a light sleep with diaphoresis, extreme cold, acute nausea, and a feeling of a low blood pressure. I felt unable to take a "good" breath. I managed to get off the bus and remember thinking I would not pass out on the street and wanting to get to my office. My supervisor sent me to employee health where they showed me to a chair, (in spite of an inability to breathe properly, diaphoresis, etc). I paged the physician that I work for to come and help. Later, in the cardiac unit of the ER, after many tests were run, and fluid was given for a blood pressure of 65/35, I was discharged with the vaso vagal diagnosis. It seemed to me that was a pretty inconclusive and "lame" diagnosis. So, I was happy to see this site and read about the syndrome. I have a crappy cardiac history on my mother's side and was also happy to learn that this episode was not a heart attack. Thoughts?

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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