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vaso vagal episode

From: Elaine
Date: 7/14/01
Time: 9:21:00 PM
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I recently had another severe "episode" resulting in an ambulance ride, and a brief hospital admition to r/o an MI. It wok me from my sleep, and I felt I may be having a heart attack, as I have had chest tightness and unusully high stress levels. I am currently being treated for depression, and have since had my prozac dose increased. These events are both scarey & embarassing to me and scare the daylights out of my poor husband. I am now being foloowed by a cardiologist as my baseline ekg is atypical, ( nuclear stress was OK) and the next step is a cardiac catheterization. The cardiologists seem to think as I do, that my heart is ok, as I have good exercise tolerance, etc. I feel like they think I am over reacting . The treatment offered for v/ve's is to lay down, have a drink of water, and put a cool wash cloth over my forehead. Wow! This recent episode exhausted me and disrupted a post graduate continuing education program. I dread having another of these episodes. I had one in 1999, and that was horrible too, another ride in the ambulance.

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