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Episodes during exercise and sex

From: Greg
Date: 11/1/00
Time: 6:09:59 PM
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I have had two recent experiences. The first time was during a weight-training workout. My heart rate and respiration were high, because I had been exercising fairly hard. I finished a set and was drinking some water. I felt dizzy and a little nauseous, so I sat down. The feeling continued, so I tried to relax, and I started to take slow, controlled breaths. I felt my heart rate drop to fraction of what it was, and I started to get tunnel vision. I didn't know what was happening to me, but I was more concerned with trying to stay awake than I was afraid. I passed out, and my wife called 911. The medics checked me out and said that I had fainted.

The second was during sex. I didn't quite pass out, but I felt dizzy and I felt my heart rate drop significantly.

I am 40 years old, and this has never happened to me before. I went to my doctor, and he said it was a Veso-Vagal episode. He sent me for an ECG, which came back normal. My blood pressure and rate are normal. He scheduled me for a stress test, and told me not to exercise. Based on what I am reading in this forum, I'm wondering if I should have been sent for a tilt test as well, or instead? Have any of you been told to stop exercising? I have asthma, so I take Beta2 blockers. Are these the same as the Beta blockers people are talking about in this forum?

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