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Husband has Vaso-Vagal

From: Tracy Reece


My husband has just had his umpteenth ACG which has come back fine so they have now confirmed he has Vaso-Vagal - I am relieved that they have diagnosed this but worried about the future.

One of the things the consultant said was that he 'wished he had a pound for every fainter he saw that did not eat enough salt' consequently we are starting to introduce salt into our diets.

Another tip the consultant said was that because Vaso-Vagal is both a slowing down of the heartbeat and a lowering of the blood pressure if you can do not stand up or kneel down, this will effect your blood pressure instead lie in bed and press the palms of your hands together hard - this should increase your blood pressure - we haven't tried it yet!

My husband is 37 and has had 3 attacks this year with approximately a 3 monthly interlude but before this he had not had an attack for 6 years and then funny enough he had 3 in a year. He is extremely fit, does not drink and looks after himself.

For a time we had linked the attacks to Pork but the doctors have said this is nonsense - what does anyone else think? I wonder if there is a salt connection there?

To end I would like to say what a great site this is - it has given me a lot of comfort - as the person that witnesses the attacks Vaso-Vagal can be very disturbing, especially as my husband grunts and jerks about and has even had his eyes open! I still sleep lightly - just in case!!!!

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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