Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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help me please!

From: robert


I was at a meeting yesterday and all of a sudden I felt extremely lightheaded, nauseated, short of breath and shaky. I was afraid I was having a heart attach except there was no pain in the chest or arms. As I began to worry I started having heart palpitations and my blood pressure shot through the roof for me. It was recorded at 168/98 at the hospital. The emergency room doctor did blood tests, ekg and chest xrays and said nothing was amiss so he diagnosed it as a vasovagal event. I had never heard of this before and was simply wondering if he was right and if so what should I do about it or expect from it in the future? Are there typical triggers? Is it dangerous? Are there underlying causes that would not be picked up in an emergency room? Please help me if you can. I am really baffled.Thanks so much for any insight you can give me.

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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