Vaso-Vagal Discussion

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Date: 2/22/01
Time: 8:06:18 PM
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I am a 58 year old white male who is on the following medications (since 1995) for panic attacks & depression: Clonazepam, Zoloft, & Hydroxyzine however, I have not had a full-blown panic attack since Dec. 1998. While I was donating blood the other day (I last donated blood in Nov. 1998 with no reprecussions) and as the attendant was finishing the procedure I started to sweat profusely, felt nauseated, started to shake uncontrollably, turned white as a ghost, and passed out on the table for about 30 seconds to a minute and was given oxygen, cold packs in back of the neck and my legs were raised. An ambulance was called to take me to the E.R. of a hospital were I stayed overnite to monitor my condition with several E.K.G's and blood pressure readings taken during this period. Upon discharge the next day they said the E.K.G. was within a normal ramge amd that the condition appeared to be vaso-vagal. Does anyone know how to diagnose a "panic attack" from "vaso-vagal? Thank you. Gary

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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