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treatment for vaso-vagal

From: geri
Date: 6/4/00
Time: 12:58:50 AM
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I have been recently diagnosed with vaso-vagal syncope after an abnormal tilt table test. I am 29 year old and an RN working in the the operating room. All 4 of my episodes occured while i was standing. I would faint once a week. This has been going on for a month. 2 happened in the OR while i was scrubbed. I was lucky to get immediate medical attention since in work in a hospital. After both these episodes, my blood pressure was in the 170/110's and my heart rate was in the 180's. I had all the diagnostic testing done -- blood work, EKG, ECHO and holter monitor. All were normal results. My doctor sent me for a tilt table test which proved to be the worst test i have ever been through, but it helped get me diagnosed. My cardiologist prescribed Zoloft 50mg per day and so far I have not had any fainting episodes in over a week. Do you know how effective Zoloft is in treating vasovagal syncope?


Re: V-V epsisode after eating



Yes, I have had two or three. Two major ones were afere I had eaten both currey and had white wine but I have had both many times since without a V-V response. My episodes were similar to yours. Began with stomach ache and I got very hot. I had repeated, in fact, almost continual diarrhea for a long period of time, until I think my entire bowel was empty. In between bouts of diarrhea I laid on the bathroom floor,. weak and extremely diaphoretic (dripping with perspiration, and I am a person who never sweats, even if excercising in hot weather. I just overheat and get red-faced and nauseous).. Once this was over, of course I went home. I was probably pretty weak, don't remember. A short time later, after resting, I felt fine. My first episode was when I was in my twenties, the second, in my thirties. I have since had minor episodes, but never the extreme like these two memorable ones. I am now 58. I am an RN and gressed that these were V-V responses. My MD friends agreed. Sorry yours is so frequent and troublesome. Best think I can suggest is to keep a diary of absolutely everything you had eaten and had to drink just before the attack. This means finding out every spice that was used, every wine, etc. Eventually some common denominator may show up. Best of luck to you. Barbara i

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