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I have been having these attacks off and on since I was 32yrs old (I am now 81) The past two years they have been more frequent. The doctors didn't have a clue what it was until the past few months. In April I had one and when I fell I broke my ankle, then 2 weeks later I had another, then I broke 3 ribs. This time they called in a cardi- ologist, who ran all kinds of test, including a tilt table test. He finally came to the conclusion as to what it was. I have had hypertension for many years and been on medication for it. It seems as if my blood pressure goes real high and then takes a sudden drop to a dangerous low, thus the fainting. He changed my medication to lopressor and accupril, along with a diuretic, and added paxil. This happened about May 1, and I have not had another attack since. I hope this information will help in the discovery of the cause or treatment of this horrible condition. Thank you for this opportunity to share.

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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