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Vaso Vagal Attack



I am a police officer and routinely run across many different people and their problems. While on routine patrol, I began getting dizzy and having intense chest pain. The sensation moved from the center of my chest out to my arms. My vision became blurry, and my hearing became distant. I immediately stopped my patrol car and stepped out. When I did, the dizziness was so bad, I almost fell down. I went to a safe location and called for my Sergeant and Rescue via my radio. I was transported by Ambulance to the Emergency Room and told nothing was wrong. I went to my primary physician, as well as a Cardiologist. The Cardiologist told me that this was a panic attack and I was having mental issues. He advised me to go see a Psychiatrist and as far as he was concerned, I could return to work. After two days off, I returned to work and began to have the exact same symptoms. When I returned to the Cardiologist, he was off, but his partner was present. He scheduled me for a Tilt Table test, which I failed....but at least now they know my problem....Vaso-Vagal Syndrome. I am now waiting on another appointment to find out what I need to do... Thank God he listened to me, instead of passing it on as a mental issue.

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