12 year old son first episode SVT

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My 12 year old son had his first episode with SVT yesterday, he started complaining of chest pain and rapid pulse while eating lunch around 12.  By the time I got home from work and got him to the doctor it was around 4.  His pulse was upwards of 195 at times reaching up to 220.  They attempted to get it to slow with the bearing down technique.  He was given Adinosine twice by the paramedics, the first dose at 6mg and the 2nd at 12mg.  It had no effect, at the ER he was given 3 more doses the first at 6mg and the next two at 12mg.  No effect.  They then gave him electrical cardioversion and his heart regulated at 110.  We do not know what caused the SVT episode.  Could this have been an isolated incident or will this be a lifestyle change for him.  We were sent home with very little instruction but will follow up with a cardiologist soon.

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    Not enough information, yet, for us to help you much, Dannersmom, but I'm very pleased you're taking advantage of this forum.  I encourage you to do lots of reading and build a list of questions you can ask your son's cardiologist.  There's a high probability that you'll soon receive some encouraging medical news about your son.  Please keep us posted. 

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    Poor little darling it's scarey at my age let alone being 12 join a sight on Facebook it's an svt sight lots of us there loads of advice too Hun I hope it's just a one off was he I'll a tempiture maybe that might of caused it just wait and see what the heart specialist say

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      Thanks so much, I did find two SVT groups on facebook.  He didn't have anything going on he was just eating lunch at school.  I will keep you posted on what we learn.  Thanks again

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      As a mom I understand your fear and concern, and I feel for you. I know for myself who just had an svt episode at 45 years old almost a year ago, I had never heard of this before and knew nothing. I had all the tests done and I'm very healthy. My episodes were once a week and then everyday.. but everybody is different. Some people have a few in a year. It will cause your son anxiety, because of the fear of unknown and not knowing what to expect, and because it can be a very truamatic experience. For me I thought I was dying every time. It would kick my body into an anxiety attack at the same time. There are different ways of dealing with svt attacks. Ice cold water on the face, bearing down. These work for some but not for me. I lied down and had to try slowing down my breathing. This forum has helped me a great deal, because you few alone, and your life changes. I am not a doctor, I can only share my own experience. I had a stress test, ecg, and it gave me some relief knowing my heart was ok. Hopefully you have doctors that can help you. I hope you find answers and I wish you all the best. Ask questions and I'm sure everyone here will try to best to help. Maybe our own experiences will give your son some sort of support and reassurance. 😊

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      Hi, my 13 year-old was recently diagnosed after having episodes on and off for 4 years.  Finally caught one on EKG to confirm.  She is an athlete so our cardio physicist feels that ablation is the best route to go rather than meds. We are trying to decide currently if we want to go forward with the ablation.  Summer is a great time to do this but still lots of concerns...
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    Scary for a mom I know! Here is what this mom learned with her 17 year old daughter. Triggers- sugar and artificial sweeteners, bending, reaching with hands above head, dehydration, caffeine, lying on left side, singing. What helps stop the episodes- lay on right side fetal position. Bearing down. Coughing, drinking cold water. When this happens the heart automatically tells the brain to panic. So talk calm and reassure it will stop. Slow deep breathes. Tests - Tilt Table Test, 2 week holter moniter, ekg, ......it takes time and while he's growing they may just use beta blockers to treat. Medicines- Metoprolol,Bisoporol,Diltiazem and recently I learned about Bystolic and will be asking about this at our next appointment. My daughter had a catheter ablation after graduating high school. It wasn't a complete success however instead of spiking 66 bpm to 240 it now does 66 to 140. So it's always worth it in my opinion. Good luck!

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