Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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From: Roni Stutman
Date: 7/5/00
Time: 9:04:40 PM
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I have had "fainting" episodes since I was a teen, sometimes 3-5 in a week, sometimes none for months. Actual fainting has only occurred a few times because I always get myself doen on the ground before actually getting to unconsciousness, but to the observer I am out cold, as I cannot speak, move, or open my eyes during the spell. I actually never thought much of it because no one else did. When I hit 30 and went into a particularly bad cluster (fainting at the office a few times) I finally went to a cardiologist who, after an hour consultation, determined that I had vaso vagal. He confirmed this with a test called a "tilt table test", which confirmed that I had the worst case he had ever seen. I am now on chronic meds and have been for 5 years and, after much experimentation, there is a combination which keeps me from fainting. It is flourinef and zoloft, and since I have been on this combination I have only fainted 2 times in 3 years. If anyone wants to contact me directly by email to discuss, I can be reached at




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