Experience with Supraventricular Tachycardia

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Does anyone have experience with SVT. I experienced 2 episodes last year and went to the cardiologist where they said my heart was healthy (echo, holter) my holster only showed 3 pacs in 48 hours. No pvcs. I was sent on my way and I felt confident it wouldn't happen again. Fast forward this year I'm under a tremendous amount of stress. I'm having multiple episodes of panic attacks and anxiety. As well as well as some depression. I had another episode of SVT it completely freaked me out. I panicked and called 911. It only lasted maybe less than 8 minutes and I came out of it. I told the medics to take me to the hospital. My heart rate was staying at 130. This could have been anxiety. They gave me Ativan. Still staying between 120-130. They gave me metoprolol and that brought it down. The nurse told me to follow up with my cardiologist because maybe there is an underlying cause as to why my heart rate was 120 and only the metoprolol brought it down. Not the Ativan. I was trying my hardest to calm my heart rate down but it wouldn't go down. 2 days later I'm wiped with depression. I can't believe this happened again. I'm fearing the worse. I'm only 27 and it makes me extremely sad. I don't want to have a "heart condition" It freaks me out. It makes me think about my future. Will this happen again? Why wouldn't my heart rate go down? I have an appointment tmw with the cardiologist but I keep having crying spells. It's really stressing me out. I thought I gotten past this. The only time I have ever has an episode is when I'm stressed. One episode I had I was able to breathe and completely calm myself down. I just don't get it. I'm depressed to the point where I'm not functional. People say it's not life threatening but it's sooooo scary. I just wanted to hear anyone else's struggle with this.

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    I just don't understand how it doesn't freak people out. I have literally been OBSESSING about this for the past 5 days. I spend my entire day on google. Just googling anything and everything about SVT.  I was left traumatized. Idk why I can't accept it as just a nuisance. It was sooooo incredibly uncomfortable. Is there anyone who just deals with it and doesn't take medication? Also is anyone scared that it may develop into another arrhythmia???? 

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      I used to get episodes of a fast heartbeat that would go on for ages and I thought I had SVT because my dad had it. I gave up sugar, caffeine, I went on propranolol and I still had problems. I went into hospital A&E a couple of times but each time my heart had reduced to 100 beats a minute. I had an echo which came back normal apart from an irregular heartbeat. I had other symptoms though, like I would sometimes find it hart to take in a deep breath, I started to get cramp in my leg, I got pins and needles a lot. I started to get breathing problems and I had a chest X-ray which came back normal and the pulse oximeter always came back 97 98%. I got a CT scan privately and It turned out I had multiple pulmonary emboli. I have been on blood thinners for almost 6 months and I still get a fast heartbeat up to the 130s. I am wondering if I could have SVT as well because my blood clots have dispersed ages ago. Would it be possible or is this still symptoms from my PEs?

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      Do you sit down a lot? For work or just a sedentary lifestyle. Immobility can cause deep vein thrombosis. Which would can lead to pulmonary emboli. Maybe you had increased heart rate secondary to the PEs but seeing as they found a cause for your shortness of breath. I would assume there are no other issues. 
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      I got my PEs from a high risk contraceptive pill. I Never had DVT though. My heart rate isn’t as bad as before and my resting heart rate is much slower. Maybe it is still readjusting.
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      He had really bad episodes that lasted for ages, he has a very slow pulse normally, so he couldn’t take beta blockers. He was diagnosed ages ago and he has had an ablation. He says he hasn’t had any problems since apart from being a bit achy.
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      No I am paranoid about getting it though! Before I was diagnosed with PEs I was convinced I had it because my heart kept speeding up and my dad had it. Obviously I know now that it was the PEs, but my heart does still race here and there, but not as fast and furious as it did! 
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    NOT COPING!!! I am absolutely not coping with this at all. Tmw will be 1 week since the SVT attack. I find myself extremely depressed and anxious. I absolutely can not stop obsessing about it. I find myself deep into google reading everything and anything that I can but it doesn't make me feel better. I  want to start exercising but what If the SVT turns into VTach or VFib. That I know I have only had 4 episodes in 2 years. 2 times related to bending over. 2 times related to an EXTREME amount of stress. But this in itself is causing me more stress and anxiety than I had before. It's alllll I think about every day. I don't  want this plaguing my life. I really want to know how other people are coping. How they got over it. How long they have had SVT. Do they take medicine for it? I would rather not take medicine. The side effects are terrible. I have a hard time believing this is not life-threatening. I'm only 27 so I have only had this since I was 25. I do have anxiety and panic disorder. I don't want this to affect my life. But it's on my mind allllll the time right now. Someone please calm me down. Tell me about your experiences. 

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      I obsessed about it too, because I never knew when it was going to happen. I had it before I was diagnosed and after. IT won’t turn into vfib or vtach. SVT won’t kill you. It is scary though , because it’s a high heart rate and can make you feel like you are going g to pass out. I take medication for other arrythmias now and don’t have any side effects at all. I stopped driving for awhile because I had 2 episodes while driving. I eventually had an ablation and so glad I did! 

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