First episode of SVT, it is causing me depression. What to do?

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A month ago today I had an SVT attack. I was having a stressful moment, I was arguing with my girlfriend, and at the end of the argument I noticed that my heart started beating really fast. I had a pulse of 255, and in the emergency room, a modified Valsalva manoeuvre was used to correct the problem.

I was glad I did. I went to see a cardiologist a week later who informed me that it would definitely return in my life and I had no other option but to either take medication for the rest of my life or undergo ablation treatment. Here I chose beta blockers, but I have not taken them once.

I haven't made a decision yet, I've been symptom-free for a month to the day, I try to take potassium, magnesium and other vitamins every day, I try to exercise more (I'm 21, 181 cm tall, 65 kg) and I try to do everything I can to be healthy.

Since my heart condition is perfect according to the doctor and I am trying to do the lifestyle change right, is it possible that it will not develop again?

Ever since the doctor told me that it would come back, I have been mentally worried that it would come out at any time. Even at university, I don't stress about the presentation, I stress about getting sick and having a heart attack. This whole situation is making me feel really bad, I'm depressed. I feel constant pressure in my chest because I feel anxious about it. If I remember that I'm in a good mood and I can have this problem at any time, I lose the mood for life.

What should I do? Please help.

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    Do your diligence on the topic. Consult medical professionals and make sure what you have is not life threatening. That will help you to understand your options moving forward!

  • Posted

    have you had another attack since? also did you confirm with your doctors about it being life threatening

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    so I'm having a similar experience.

    I had my first big svt episode a few days ago.

    one minute I was with friends, then my heart went rapid for like 10 minutes, so I drove to the ER.

    all of a sudden, I was rushed to a room with a team of nurses, no one explained anything to me, and it felt like some f*ked up movie.

    I stayed in the hospital overnight.

    they told me to take a pill for the rest of my life, and seemed irritated when I said I needed time to think about it.

    I'm quitting coffee, all caffeine, starting potassium and magnesium supplements.

    I want to try find a way to nouriche the part of me that is causing faulty wiring... I don't want to take a pill forever.

    im basically terrified.

    i have to go back to normal life, wondering if my heart will freak out?

    it's a lot to process.

    anyways, I feel ya.

    i hope you have found some good ways to manage your stress and life 🌻

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