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Vaso Vagal Episode

From: Andy Cayce
Date: 12/10/00
Time: 12:21:18 AM
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I am a 51 year old male who is very activite physically at my job and also in playing tennis 3-4 times a week. My first fainting episode was approximately 1 year ago while playing tennis with a second one 4 months later. Went to an ElectroCardiology Specialist after second episode and after running cardivasulor tests of all kinds said it was Vaso Vagal. Subsequent tilt table test did not cause a fainting spell but Doctor said never the less it was Vaso Vagal. He advised me a increase salt intake, not to over exercise during tennis and if I felt a fainting spell coming on to lay on by back and raise legs above my head so as to reverse blood flow from the bottom of my body back towards the head area in an attempt to deter passing out spell. Since that time I have diverted passing out on 4 occassions by exercising his recommendation of laying down and raising legs but on another occassion I passed out anyway. My tennis partner said I was out for about 30 seconds and during the last ten seconds he witnessed my body having what he described as a shaking seizure. When going back to Specialist a second time for consoltaion he just indicated I needed to be wiser about playing tennis if I noticed my body was fatigued. These spells scare the hell out of me. I have always been blessed with good heatlh and it is a real shock to me mentally to know I may not have control of my senses all of a sudden.

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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