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Re: Questions about the Tilt Table test

From: Hemworth



I too do not have a heart problem as such. The Vagal nerve is what is causing the slow beat of the heart and the stomach pain. Although it is difficult to believe, it is very rare to actually loose control when having the tilt test. If the heart slows down and you experience the stomach pains and all that go with it, as soon as they administer adrenalin to increase the heart beat, the pain and 'feelings' lessen. I understand what you are saying about the betta blockers though. I was lucky, finally - it only took 15 years to get someone to listen properly (this includes a major cardiac centre in North Carolina & 2 cardiologists in teaching hospitals in UK). My consultant was against drugs from the start so did not have to worry about that.

If the tilt test proved positive for VVS, could you ask for a 2nd opinion as to type of treatment?

Take care and have a good Christmas & New Year Let me know how you get on. Shirley

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