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Over the last 3.5 years I have had many episodes of SVT lasting anywhere between 30 seconds and 2 hours. I am a keen footballer and this is when the attacks happen most (during training and games). After about 6 months of the initial episodes I saw a specialist and was not diagnosed with anything, however my episodes continued and got progressively worse, including side effects of light headedness, difficulties to breath and headaches. Standout episodes include playing football with my heart rate being very high, and certain episodes have continued up to an hour after football had finished. In April 2017 I saw another cardiologst who thought I may have a type of cardiac arrhythmia. I was given a 2 week monitor and managed to get a recording of multiple episodes which is what I was trying to get across the cardiologists. My results came back and showed my BPM was 240-270! I have tried numerous ‘natural’ manoeuvres to no success, and have also tried beta blockers (bisoprolol) - the side effects were bad (drowsy/tired) and I was still having episodes. I was then moved to verapamil tablets - there were no side effects however I still continue to have severe episodes on these tablets despite increased dosages. My cardiologist mentioned catheter ablation if my tablets do not work over a large period of time - I just thought I’d post on here as other SVT sufferers know what I am going through and to see if anyone has any advice about alternatives / if you have had catheter ablation and how it went as it seems I have a difficult decision to make about whether I have the ablation.
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