Just diagnosed with SVT

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I'm a 35 year old female who was just diagnosed with SVT after a 48 hour holter monitor caught 5 short psvt episodes highest being 172 bpm. On top of this I had 15 percent of my "normal" rhythm between 100 and 160 bpm. I was at rest pretty much the entire 48 hours as I struggle with fatigue. My primary Doc wants to put me on beta blockers all the time. I already struggle with getting light headed nearly every time I stand up and am worried that a beta- blocker will make my fatigue and dizziness worse. So my questions are. Has anyone had similar issues, how did the beta blocker effect you? Also Dr stated that SVT shouldn't cause chronic fatigue, is this accurate? Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.

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    I started taking it in February, it was not good for a few weeks but once the body get used to it I was ok, no more attacks of svt so far, still some ectopic beats sometimes but feeling a lot better.   When I was having the svt I would have some bad times of feeling unwell, dizzy and light headed as if I was going to pass out.
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    I can tell you from experience that SVT does cause chronic fatigue if you have it all the time. It DoES cause dizziness and at times I thought I was going to pass out. If you haven't , you need to go to an electrophysiologist cardiologist and see if you should have an ablation. The medication you would be taking will help all of your symptoms, not make them worse. I'm sure though you don't want to be on medication from now on, that's why I would suggest you see a specialist for an ablation. 

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    I posted some time back here as I was getting lightheaded and fatigued at golf in later holes and some other time like shopping. Cardio gave me a treadmill and echos and said I had SVT.  Some here doubted my diagnosis as I am 84 and this was first time and seemed to doubt my lightheadedness and fatigue coming from SVT.

    Cardio did put me on beta blocker light dose and all my problems went away and back to golf, etc.

    My beta blocker did not keep BP down so had to go back to water pill as a supplement. I get tired and have trouble getting up and getting going, more so than before beta blocker.

    I was told it will take a few weeks, like 2 or more, to get used to the beta blocker and I believe that in my case.

    Now for SVT, I have always had Polar computer on my bide as I used to bike a lot.  And had chest strap for heart rate. Now Polar has new chest strap that is bluetooth and feeds into Smart Phone. So I got one and has that ever been an eye opener. I see my episodes of SVT but mine are momentary so cardio, who was fascinated with this data on my phone, said single episodes don't need to be treated or for me to be concerned.  

    I have included an image of typical evening as I put it on while watching TV and this is 2 hours.  I have used it while walking and did run it for 8 hours sleeping! I got a lot of episodes  shortly after going to sleep.

    This Polar app is set for zones up to 140 and I show high 130s, but actually on my watch that measures heart rate they are up to 172.  

    So far now I am fine and do have SVT but not like typical person here who ends up with lots of problems and in ER..


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    Angel (wonderful name), I encourage you to try beta blockers. My experience with them has been excellent.  Nothing more than very minor side effects, and a nice drop in blood pressure as a bonus.

    I think chronic fatigue is a real possibility with frequent SVT, and a big bunch of that could be emotional fatigue.  I've felt completely "wasted" after some SVT bouts but, thinking it through, I realized that it didn't seem the same as physical fatigue.

    We all wish you well.  Take care.

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