Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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Vaso-vegal syndrome

From: Grace, in Bedford, Texas


We started this quest about 5 years ago when my husband was suspected of having heart problems. His first symptoms were dizziness, intermitently. He was just diagnoses with VV in the last two years. He has undergone numerous MRIs, MRAs, CTs, of head and chest, as well as 24 hour cardiac monitoring, EKGs, blood tests, stress tests and xrays. His fainting has increased to longer periods (up to 13 minutes) and recovery is usually 20 - 30 minutes. Sometimes he has prodromal symptoms of weakness and dizziness, but last episode occurred while in a restaurant and just after finishing a meal, preceded by no signs. He does have weakness and dizziness frequently, without the syncope. He is 72 years old, has just had a pacemaker implanted, which gives me some emotional relief. His health otherwise seems to be good, except for a recent (2years ago)diagnosis of Alzheimer's. Treatment for VV consists of proametitne, fluorinef, increased salt intake, and increased fluid intake, 24/7 TED hose. It is good to hear of other people who have similar episodes, and who are as frustrated with the uncertainties as we are.

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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