Skipped heart beats

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Hi everyone last week I was diagnosed with SVT as my heart rate was 240bpm. I had to have 2 shots of adenosine to get my heart rate back to normal, I got discharged the same day and told to get on with my life and I'll get a letter to see a cardiologist and they gave me some beta blockers. I have a 19 month old and I'm finding it really hard to be alone incase my heart goes into SVT again and my heart is constantly skipping. I am constantly teetering on wether to call an ambulance. Can someone please help me I'm really scared sad

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    Oh dear,

    I'm not sure what stv is, but don't ever second guess when it comes to your heart. I hope someone with knowledge answers you soon.

    Take care

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    I can see why that heart rate would cause some anxiety as it's pretty fast. I am sure if it was a dangerous situation you would not have been discharged so quickly. Keep in mind that anxiety makes these symptoms even worstrolleyes I suggest scheduling your appointment and attempting to non stress and relax until then. There is no point in stressing out about something until you are for sure that there is a serious problem.

    Anxiety can worsen symptoms and be scary but remember, you were stabilized and sent home. See what your cardiologist says but until then, don't stress yourself out and send yourself into another uncomfortable ambulance ridesmile

    Hope you feel better! Deep breathing does work!

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    I am so sorry you are feeling this way. Did you have any tachycardia prior to this?

    Mine started last february out of the blue. 

    I know it is very scary, but I am sure you were explained that it is not life threatning. You will not have a heart attack or stroke from this.

    I was on bisoprolol (beta blocker) for a few months. The side affects are terrible so I chose to have an ablation. Unfortunately, the ablation was unsuccessful. They could not find the irregular curcuit. Specialist thought this was because I was taking a benzo for my anxiety. I will have another ablation once I am able be get off benzo for some time.

    This whole situation is very uncomfortable, but please know it is really common. 

    My daughter also has SVT. You have to be careful not to drink to much. This dehidrates you and that can cause SVT. Makes sure you are drinking enough water.

    Please try to relax. You may not get another episode for months. It is such a weird thing how it just starts.

    You can PM me any time,

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    Also I meant to say you are very lucky to have been diagnosed at the hospital . Some people have these episodes all the time and doctor can not catch it on the ecg. Mine was picked up right away too. That's a good thing

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    Sorry, my comment about drinking meant not to drink to much liquor/beer as this dehydrates you.....especially the morning after
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    I have read that SVT is generally not harmful and that there is a procedure/opertion that apparently is usually very succesful if this keeps happening, as of course the symptomc can be distressing.

    You can it done in a day, but you have to have general anaesthetic. Maybe you could ask your'e doctor if you could have this done. It is called Cardioversion.

    Also, you can trigger the STV if you drink alcohol, smoke, or drink alot of caffeine, and of course stress can trigger it. Obviously, if you have a 19 month old, life will be pretty stressful, so it might be a good idea to have the procedure - which does make the heartbeat much more regular.

    Please dont worry too much - I know its easy to say. Make an appt and ask youre doctor about the procedure.

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    Thank you for your replies everyone! It's been happening to me for just over a year and every time they have said it's anxiety. I was glad to finally have a diagnosis but it makes me scared to exert myself incase it triggers and SVT, I was only sat on my bed and it just started, thankfully I only get it every couple of months. Yes the doctor said it's not life threatening but the things you see on google say otherwise and I've always worried about my health so this is really hard for me. Unfortunately there's a huge waiting list for the ablation so I will be waiting a while and in the meantime have to live with this and try not to let it ruin my life. I darent go around the local country park as if I get half way round and it starts I'm stuck because there's a big lake in the middle. I wish I could afford to go private but I can't so will have to go through the NHS waiting time.

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