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Am I Vaso-Vagal?

From: michael
Date: 6/26/01
Time: 6:16:40 AM
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I've recently had a pacemaker inserted to deal with bradycardia. I'm 52, 15 years ago I had an episode were I passed out, heard voices. The period lasted a few minutes. My dr offered no exlpanation. 2 weeks later while driving, I had another episode, without warning, and crashed into someone's garden. I was taken by ambulance to hospital where I had further attacks. An nurse observed that my heart stopped during an episode. I was diagnosed 'epileptic' and put on Tegretol. Last year I had further series of attacks. My dr suggested increasing the Tegretol dosage. March this year I had a dizzy spell while driving and suspected something was about to happen but before I could move out of the traffic I blacked out and crashed (again!). Again I was taken to hospital an put under observation including ecg monitoring. Futher episodes showed my heart stops for 15 seconds and in one instance my heart beat once in a 25 second period. A cardiologist fitted a pacemaker the next day based on the ecg traces. I'm fairly fit, I jog, workout with weights & play sports. I've been on a low salt diet (no added salt) for 20 plus years. Since the pacer I have still had dizzy spells. This forum is most interesting and I wonder if vv is relevant to me.

ps what is a tilt table test?

I think a lot of the posts without content are due to browser problems. MS Internet Explorer is ok but with Netscape the comment box doesn't show.

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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