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Vaso Vagal

From: A concerned Mom
Date: 9/3/00
Time: 4:46:34 PM
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When my daughter was 9 years of age I sustained an injury to my finger while at home and required surgical sutures. Although I remained calm and cool during the incident, my 9 year old daughter became pale and sweaty, almost faint at the thought of my experience after the event. That was many years ago, since she is now 22 years of age and in good health. She also exercises daily, runs 3 miles a day and has good eating habits. Other incidents have occurred since that time which I feel are related somewhat. Whenever she has routine blood workup she seems to be fine but within 5 or 10 minutes after, she has periods of brief syncope. More recently, she had to have a colonoscopy at a local endoscopic center and the nurses were concerned because previous the procedure her heart rate dropped to 30 bpm. I explained to them that about the previous experiences with blood drawings etc. The doctor perfoming the procedure labeled it as " Vaso Vagel Syndrome". I wonder if this is inherited from someone in the family ? I think it may be somewhat caused by her anxiety previous to or after the particular procedure. I just hope that it isn't the result of a more serious condition such as a heart malformation or valve problem. I know the term "Vaso Vagel" from medical terminologay stems from the vagus nerve in the stomach.

vago-vasal reaction



I had foot surgery last week and upon the 2nd attempt to put in my I-V, I had what the nurses called a vago-vasal reaction- dizzy, nauseous, bp drop, etc. They said it is a fairly common reaction to the IV needle. After being tilted back for awhile, it passed. I'd never had that reaction to an IV before, it was weird.

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