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Re: Pacemakers for Vasovagal Syncope



The pacemaker should return you to a normal life. My daughter had one implanted at age 15--5 years ago--for vasovagal syncope. She was misdiagnosed with epilepsy for a year before that; what a trip through the medical world we had! When we finally wrestled her from the HMO neurologist and took her to a cardiologist, we began to solve the problem. She spent several weeks on a cardiac monitor which recorded heart stops. The solutions were beta-blockers or a pacemaker. Not wanting to put a 15-year-old girl on lifelong medication which doesn't frequently help in her case, we chose the pacemaker. She has had no fainting; some dizziness, but she has learned how to manage that. The pacemaker actually gave her back a normal life. She can drive (which she wouldn't have been able to do because of the severity and frequency of her "attacks"), and do all the things a young woman should be able to do. Bless Medtronic and the pacemaker inventors of the world!

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