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Re: Vaso Vagal Syncope

From: Robert Dunlap
Date: 5/13/01
Time: 1:19:47 PM
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Well its not an easy subject to find any information on. I had my first episode about 1.5 years ago, It happens that I am diabetic so that I have been having the other symptoms related for many years and only now finding out to pass them along to my Doctor. He has been very good to give me information...

All this leads up to say BE CAREFUL!!, I have what I feel is the best doctor in the world treating my condititon and even then I passed out driving my Automobile and wound up going strait when the road turned. I went a good way''s off the road and no one found me.. having flipped the Ford explorer I was in, ( not wearing my seatbelt ) I was partially ejected from the truck. I hit my head and it was two hours before I woke up. In a creek up to mid chest with my legs trapped under the truck. I was suffering from hypothermia and very confused. I was able to get to my cell phone ( on my side ) and call 911 and was lifeflighted out to a trauma center. My cardiologist looked at me and my records ( have a history of tachycardia and irrythmia ) and decided that a pacemaker implant was the only method of treatment. I had the pacer put in as of today 7 weeks ago and I feel better than I have felt for many years... at 24 day's after the implant he got the pacemaker to download a report and it showed that due to the rithym problems and a bundle bunch blockage I am 100 % dependant on the ventricle lead and that I had had 1600 sudden heart rate stoppages ( syncope ) in that first 24 days. Get that!! 1600 in 24 days. I think that I have been having many small episodes every day and that was causing lots of complications.

Always have your doctors discuss ALL of your options in treatment. As in my case If I had known that a pacer would eliminate the need for beta blockers and made me feel this much better I would have opted for it long ago...

Robert Dunlap

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