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vaso vagal attack

From: linsy baker


i am trying to fin out more about vaso vagal attacks and have come across your site. I had one of these 2 weeks ago and was rushed into hospital as I was so bad. I had 3 'episodes' in the space of an hour, shortly after waking up. I sweated profusely, had severe stomach cramps, a small Pelvic bleed (my period cam early 3 days later) and went dizzy, but not completely unconcious. I could not stand upright without going dizzy. When at hospital all my tests (blood/urine etc) were normal except my ECG and chest xray showed severe hypotrophy of the heart. I am an athlete, so thought this was OK- only to be told it appears to be HCM. I now have to have an echo shortly to clarify this. Since then I seem to have regular feelings of light headedness (about once a day) with no particular trigger. The worrying thing for me is I travel around the world for work, so if something happens when I am away, treatment may be difficult and explaining to people is difficult. Also as someone who is extremely fit, being told I should not exercise at all is completely mind bending! It seems exercise and HCM/ vaso vagal is pretty un researched so no-one can give much advice- if anyone has any I would be very glad to hear!!

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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