Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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I am a 26 year old, 118 pound female with 2 children. I am very active, and up until November of last year exercised regularly 3-4x a week. This site interested me, since I have found little informaiton on Vaso-Vagal. Last week (2/8/07)I had the tilt table test with a positive outcome that I indeed had Vaso-Vagal. During the test my blood pressure plumited from 97/62 to 51/27 and with that I passed out. I haven't had the follow-up with the cardiologist to determine the course of action, however after the test they did ask me if I wanted to be put on medication or try to change my diet first. Of course, no one wants to be on medication if they don't have to so I tried the diet. This consisted of increasing my liquids (water,gatorade etc.) to meet 90 oz. per day, cut out any and all caffeine, and to start taking salt tablets 2tab 2x daily. I still feel dizzy from time to time, but I haven't passed out since the test. This all started two days after Thanksgiving of '06. I was picking out a movie for family night and I started getting nauses and a little dizzy. I ignored it, blinked, and kept on searching. Then the symptoms started to scare me. I felt heat coming up from my extremities, the room grew dark, my heart started pounding and racing, and I dropped to the floor. No one saw me and I only was unaware of my surroundings for maybe a minute. After 3 minutes, although sweating all over, I felt good enough to stand and left. I went home was exhausted and slept the rest of the day. I ignored the incident and didn't speak to a physician until Christmas. Christmas Eve morning, I awoke dizzy and was dizzy most of the morning. I would have passed out maybe twice that day if I hadn't slowed myself and laid down. That night I was up to 4am with shortness of breath, nausea, dizziness, sweating, and what feels like rapid heart rate. It scared me enough to go to urgent care Christmas morning after the kids opened their presents. They found nothing. Later tests found that my EKG showed a shortened PR interval (to close to the Q-T) and led them to believe I had LGL syndrome. An echo and stress test showed no damage to my heart, so for now it is something to monitor. I will learn more info with the follow-up visit and more future action. I do think, however, that I will need to be placed on medication to feel more normal again and return to my exercise routine.

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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