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Vagal Animal Recently Diagnosed Tacky and Brady too

From: Vagal Animal


I am so glad to have found this site! I have always had a racing heart and in the past had occasional epsiodes which I now know are VV sydrome. These episodes used to occur infrequently but I have been having the symptoms a lot lately. I too become very nausiated, dizzy, lightheaded, my vision closes in like tunnel vision. I have broken out in a terrible sweat. I get tingling in my arms my feet are often cold. I am a 47 yr old 6 foot 4 male and have not actually passed out but come very very close. In the past these episodes were brought on by tests, needles etc... often related to testing for my racing heart. In the past 8 years I would have an episode 1-2 times a year while sleeping. I could not understand why this would come over me in my sleep. Also if I get up to go to the restroom in the night it could happen. As you know it is extremely scary. In the past 4 months I have been having the symptoms at all times. I recently went for a cat scan for my violent headaches. It resulted in an episode which landed me at the hospital for a very low heart rate and drop in blood pressure. A heart block was seen for the first time in my ekg and a pace maker recommended. After being sent to Deborah Heart and Lung in Browns Mills NJ I received ablation for my racing heart. A cure they claim. and it seems to be so far. And I took the tilt test. I was positively diagnosed with VVS. I am now being medicated with Midodrine and Zoloft and home now. I amso nervous of the symptoms and episodes coming back. So far I seem to be much better. If the meds don't work a pacemaker will be the last resort treatment they say. I just ran out to buy Gatorade and plan to use lots of salt and stay hydrated after seeing this site. Anyone else taking midodrine?

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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