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Vaso Vagal

From: Robbins
Date: 7/12/01
Time: 11:02:47 AM
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Sex: Male DOB: 1953 Age: 48 Weight: 170 Height 5'9" Physically: Healthy and active in sports Illnesses: None Medication: None Allergies: None Diabetic: No

I believe I have a family history of this disorder including my Mother and 15 year old son. There have been too many incidents where I have fainted to give an accurate count, However I would guess at 20 to 30. Dating back to my childhood the fainting was normally triggered by either an injury which was painful or by an injury in which the thought of pain was prevalent. These injuries did not have to necessarily happened to myself. I have experienced where others have been injured and while they were being told of the diagnosis, the thought of the pain has caused me to pass out.

However, in the last year alone I have had approxiamately 4 incidents from which I have fainted. The lastest incident occurred July 12, 2001. 3 of the occurences this year have taken place at home and one while at work. Each of the attacks have been preceded by a pain in either the lower abdomen or groin area. At least 3 of the last 4 attacks have been followed by or have occurred during a voluntary bowel movement. I have regular bowel movements and these dates were not an exception as best I can remember.

The latest incident took place while sitting in the bath tub, the one before that while sitting in my office at work. In both cases I felt a pain in my lower abdomen immediate prior to proceeding to pass out. As normal with these experiences, I knew from the sensation that I was beginning to incur I was going to pass out. I normally prepare myself for these by laying on the floor. As in all cases after I awoke I was cold and heavily sweating. These symptoms last for about twenty to thirty minutes.

What may have been different from the other attacks was that on the morning of my last attack I had a residue taste of sugar in my mouth. I had eaten a lot of sugar coated candy treats the previous day. My wife who is an RPN took my pulse immediately upon finding me on the floor and my heartrate was at 30 and my breathing was laboured. I went to the hospital shortly afterwards and the heartrate had increased to 50. I was given an ECG and was told that it looked fine. The hospital has set up an appointment with Specialist for 23rd of Sept.

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