SVT

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I just found out today that i am having SVTs in addition to my PVCs.  This is very scary for me as i worry about my heart all the time.  I felt my PVCs were getting worse so Dr ordered a 48 hour holter moniter.  Only 3 PVCs showed up but many rounds of SVTS  .  My Dr didn't seem worried at all but ofcourse i am.   I have to be honest and say i never really feel my heart racing so this was quite a surprise.  Any info any one can share we with would be greatly appreciated  .Denise

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    Also,  does anyone else just sit and worry all the time and miss out on life  :-(
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      Hi dear,

      I am the exact same way. I am constantly missing out on things due to the simple fact of being scared I will be out somewhere and will have an attack. I had the heart ablation three years ago only for it to come back. My most recent episode was three days ago. It always scares the heck out of me so I take a Xanax to calm down and for some reason this always seems to stop the attacks. This one lasted for a whole hour. I put my face in ice water as well as my wrists but this did not stop it. I also tried lying in a fetal position, coughing and none of it worked. Believe me when I say, you are not alone. The doctors never seem worried but I am terrified all the time . My anxiety is HORRIBLE so I'm taking medicine to control it. I just finished wearing a monitor for two weeks in which I went into SVT twice so im now waiting to hear back from my cardiologist to discuss the results and next steps. Are you on any anxiety medication? This definitely will not stop your worries but it does help. This really sucks but from what I've learned it's not life threatening but it's your heart how could it not be ya know ?

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      I see a cardio Dr tomorrow , thank goodness.  My holter moniter said i have 32 attacks of SVT in 48 hours with the worse one having a 193 heart beat.  The really scary thing is, i'm not sure when i have them.  I have suffered with PVCs for a while now and thought they were getting worse which is why they did the moniter.  My Dr said that they are only lasting seconds, not sure how many, and that it looked like my heart stayed in a regurlar rhytham .  I'll post what i find out tomorrow.  Thank you so much for the feedback .

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    Myskye, I experience PAC's from time to time...along with my SVT. My Dr. also isn't worried about this, but it sure is not fun : ( ...especially when I get shortness of breath. Right now I'm going through a good patch....no PAC's lately..hoping it keeps up.

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    Hi Denise. SVT is scary and often unpredictable, and its normal to be anxious when your heart is racing. But try to remember that it will not cause a heart attack or kill you.

    Most SVT people have otherwise very healthy hearts. Its just a tissue anomaly that sometimes causes the heart to beat too fast. As far as I know, we are born with this anomaly but it only causes SVT later in life.

    I had the anomaly elimated with an ablation 5 years ago and haven't had SVT or meds since. It might be worth discussing this with your GP and Cardio.

    In the meantime, most people's SVT can be managed/avoided quite well with medication. Did your doctor prescribe some for you?

    Its also important to try to identify things in your life that trigger SVT. This varies from person to person, but common triggers to avoid would be caffeine, sudden bending movements, and mental and emotional stress.

     

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