Any tips on feeling better after an SVT episode?

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I was diagnosed with SVT when I was 9 and had an ablation when I was 13. I didn't have any episodes for a long time after that but started getting them again in my early 20's. A holter monitor confirmed my SVT was back. I'm now 25, and while my episodes aren't nearly as bad or as long as they were when I was younger, I feel horribley fatigued and foggy for a couple days after, especially when I get a couple episodes in one day.  I don't remember ever feeling this way before my ablation. Maybe it's just that I'm getting older? Does anyone else feel this way after an episode? Is there anything you find that helps you feel better and function more normally during this time? I find it really hard to concentrate at work and am just sooo sleepy. I already do everything I can to try to prevent episodes, but if there's anything I can do to feel just a little bit after an episode, that would be super helpful. Thanks!

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    Hi Nicole

    I had SVT for 12 years but had it ablated at the age of 42, I'm now 44 and still SVT free.

    I used the feel just like you and yes, as you get older it takes a little more out of you.

    I always found that a carbohydrate day with plenty of rehydration afterwards always worked for me, as well as a relaxing bath and good nights sleep!

    You can read a lot on here about prevention, but post SVT people feel differently. It used the beat the hell out of me and I would consider myself pretty fit so I know what you're saying.

    I never really got into it, but a friend also recommended meditation, but I always just fell asleep!

    Good luck and take care.

    Chris

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    Hi Nicole,

    I have had SVT for 19 years. As I get older they are getting worse and I have had to go to the ER two times in the last three months. After an attack I can't think straight for a while and I feel like I have ran a marathon. The last attack I had I was at the gym and the owner called an ambulance to transport me to the hospital. I kept feeling like I was going to pass out, which I had never felt before during an attack. It was extremely scary.  Nothing seems to help me recover but rest and just chilling out. Anything that will help you relax. Wish I could suggest something quicker but for me at least it usually takes a couple of days before I feel better.

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    After my longest episode of svt (240 for 40 minutes), I (22F) felt wiped for two days after the incident. I was very fortunate to have an understanding employer, partner, and family members that let me take a day of rest off of everything. I personally don't think that it has to do with age, I think it has more to do with how fast our hearts beat vs/ how long the episode lasted. 

    If you're getting a couple episodes per day, I'd definitely be talking about having another ablation if possible.

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    I was diagnosed last year with SVT after a pretty bad attack. I'm 54 but was misdiagnosed aged 14 with acid reflux . I don't remember ever feeling any after effects until recently and like you feel totally exhausted . I'm left with a headache and just generally feeling yuk .,

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