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About three weeks ago I noticed my heart beating fast as I was on my way to my car to attend a meeting outside of my office. I arrive 15 minutes later. Feeling a little nauseous and dehydrated. Heart still seems fast but I am pushing through. I feel increasingly nauseous and feel like I am going to pass out. I break into a cold sweat, start to have laboured breathing. Paramedics come. They have trouble finding a pulse, can't get a line in me and the EKG shows my heartbeat is 166 per minute. At some point my right arm goes numb and feels like it is vibrating. The same starts to happen with my left. They both improve. At one point my legs are flipped over my head. They ask me to bear down repeatedly. Heart rate still at 166. They decide they need to get me out of that environment and load me up to wheel me out to the ambulance. The tell me to keep doing the bear down exercise repeatedly on the way out. It was a very cold day and they get me into the ambulance. EKG is now much better at 88. They get a line in me and get me to ER. After 48 hour holter monitor, exercise stress test and echocardiogram two things are discovered. I have 2000 extra beats a day and that I have a ANVRT. The cardiologist told me I was really close to "checking out". Crazy. I am scheduled for an ablation in 3/8. The comment about me being close to checking out has me pretty nervous. Anyone else ever have that shared with them our get really low blood pressure with this? Also, anyone else have a couple thousand extra beats a day? Cardiologist indicated most people have about 100 beats a day. Thanks in advance.

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    Hi Sherry, what is your cardiologist trying to say with checking out? Is he trying to say that you almost died? If that's the case I think that's a pretty unprofessional way of saying things. Its extremely rare to die from SVT unless you have Wolf Parkinson White which there is a small possibility of going into cardiac arrest or if you have an abnormality with the structure of your heart ( can be ruled out with an echocardiogram) otherwise in a healthy heart it's almost close to 0% to die.

    If he meant to pass out then yes some people pass out because the blood that is being pumped by the heart is reduced because of the arrhythmia and the brain doesn't get enough oxygenated blood so you pass out, then again it's still rare.

    I did get extra beats before ablation and I still do after ablation the good thing is my heart doesn't go into SVT.

    Ablation could be permanent solution and in younger patients it's recommended.

    Don't worry you will be fine, hope the ablation goes well, all the best.

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      I took almost checked out as died because he saidI had really 3 choices:

      1) Do nothing - which he indicated was a very bad idea.

      2) Schedule the ablation and meet the doctor doing the ablation just before the procedure.

      3) Meet soon with the doctor who will do the procedure and get the procedure scheduled.

      This had never happened before and it was a frightening experience. I was a little shocked at how he put it. If he was trying to get my attention...he certainly did. I meet with the doctor doing the procedure and am having the ablation. Most postings have indicated not life threatening. That is not how it was presented to my husband and I after my episode.

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    I wonder of you have all the info as svt is not a life threatening arythmia as just told to me today by my specialist. Yes if you had svt of 200 bpm for very long time it would put heart under stress but the treatment stops it from happening. As has been said certain abnormalities of heart wpw has very rare risk but not straight forward svt.

    Have you had echocardiogram done to check structure of heart before ablation?

    It sounds like the dr was not as specialist electrophysiologist who scared you. You may find the information different when you meet the dr who performs ablations.

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