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Vaso Vagel

From: Kelley Steele


I recently watched my husband suffer 2 attacks etc. while accompanying me to a pre-operative meeting for gastric bypass surgery(for myself)not him. He became pasty white, his eyes rolled back, and his body got all stiff like, I was so freaked out because I had never seen this behavior from someone. I honestly figured he was having a stroke. He is 36 yrs old and takes no medications, and is slightly overweight, but otherwise health enough. Anyway after the first attack (etc.) the nurse leading the class, called down to the ER and had a wheelchair sent up for him, anyway in the intrum about 5-7 minutes after the first he did the same symptoms again. He the c/o being tired and not remembering what had just happened. He thought he'd be fine but since we were already at the hospital, I felt it best to get this checked out. Anyway the Dr. at the ER claimed he had suffered a Vagel Response and said after hooking him up to a tele-monitor his vital had returned to normal. Just to be safe I had them check his Blood sugars, thinking he might be possible Type II diabetic but his blood sugars were 111. I am a recent LPN Grad and was so alarmed and frightened for my husband to see him get incapacitated like that. Please inform me of where I might obtain information regarding what my husband suffers from. Like possible triggers etc. and ways to avoid them. My husband Tim, claims he just got freaked out by the idea of me going thru such a major surgery etc. he said he was so concerned for me after seeing the diagrams etc and what would be taking place during the surgery.I just don't see how such anxiety etc. can trigger aperson to pass out like that. Also I am curious what type of damage that does to the heart or brain while the person becomes unconscious temporarily. Please let me know anything you might have. Please email me and I can give you my phone number etc. or address if there is somewher I can write or fax and getting extra info.I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks

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