Svt

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Hi could some one tell me the symptoms and how long they have had svt and how bad it gets 

Many thanks Gary 

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    I had my first episode when I was about 14 and I am now 37 years young.  My episodes can last anywhere from 5 minutes to 3 hours.  As for symptoms, my heart rate will spike anywhere from 170 to 250, a couple times it went 300 and higher, as it wouldn't read on my heart monitor because my heart monitor only goes up to 300.   The symptoms vary, depending on how high my heart rate goes, but on average, I'll have a burning in my throat and chest, dizzy, light headed, short of breath and a very hard and fast heart beat.  I'm actually able to see my chest pounding as an episode is happening.  When my heart rate goes really high, around that 300 mark, I get scared to even move, as it feels like my heart is just going to explode any second if I do.. (Probably isn't possible, but it feels like it will)  I'll also feel like I'm going to pass out and I'll see black and/or white flashing lights.  Now.. my heart rate has only got this high on 2 occasions thank goodness, as it's not fun at all.  I say around 170 to 250 is my average.   Sometimes I get an episode a couple times a week, sometimes once a month.. it has no pattern.  I do have hypothyroidism though and I have found that if my thyroid level is off, I'll get SVT attacks more often...

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      Hi thanks for writing such a detail log, passed couple of years have had weird episodes dizzy lightheaded fast heart rate every now and then when going to the doctors they just pushed it a side , 4 weeks ago on site went over funny . Dizzy banging heart nearly passing out , got took to hospital said virus I thought mmm no ....,, even on resting my bp 192 / 105 pulse rate 147 have not felt right since . Happend again 3 days ago even worst this time ready to say goodbye to my family .., show up this time svt .  Really can't cope how bad I feel 

      Many thanks for ur time 

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      if your blood pressure is high during an svt you need a beta  blocker and start on the lowest dose demand one from your doctor the beta blocker will control the blood pressure when your in svt. it is normal for blood pressure to go mad during svt's. when you have an attack drink heaps of water it brings down the pulse and can even terminate the svt attack. I was getting the pounding heart since before taking metoprolol, now  its calmer when I get an svt and no longer get the pounding heart  plus my svt 's stay between 120bpm-140bpm which is more comfortable than the 180 pulse I was getting

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    Hi Gary,

    I went 15 months without an answer for my heart doing funny things and getting pushed aside with ‘anxiety attacks’ but I knew it wasn’t, for me it caused a lot of anxiety.

    My symptoms were a sudden spike in heart rate at the flick of a switch my heart would race and race in a regular rhythm and I couldn’t stop it. A couple of times it’s reverted on its own like the light switch going off (strange feeling) and the last time it happened I had to call an ambulance as I was home with my little girl and very scared as you can imagine. My heart rate was 240bpm and I had to have an injection to revert my heart rate back to sinus rhythm. 

    April 2017 I had a procedure called Catheter Ablation and I haven’t had an episode since! 

    If you are diagnosed with svt please believe me when I say it’s not worth the worry, it’s not life threatening and it won’t shorten your life expectancy. There are medications to help and procedures.

    Please don’t let svt ruin your life, I was a happy mum and fiancé and now I’m a single mum. My then partner couldn’t cope with my anxiety and left me. 

    I am happier than ever now and planning a little holiday with my daughter. SVT is livable it’s just getting the diagnosis and the right treatment for you that’s the harder part. Good luck and all the best! 

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      Hi thank you for the response , I am sorry to hear what happend with u and ur partner .. but so glad to hear u r doing well . Can I ask how long from when u had been told u had svt to the time u had the op and did u have any meds in between that time ....

      Many thanks Gary 

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    I probably had SVT  for 5 years undiagnosed. 

    Sudden high heart rate over 170- with no warning. Nausea, feeling like you are going to pass out. M, light headedness, feel faint. Can has for as long as 5 minutes to hours. If you think you gave this ask your doctor to put a 30 day event monitor on you. It may get closer together as the longer you have it. I had it as far as 6 years ago and didn’t know what it was. Had it a couple of years later and then I started having it every few weeks. In 2016, I was in the ER 5 tines with it. I had an ablation and glad I did. 

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      Hi thanks for response , in A and E few days ago and they stayed svt , when u had  the attacks if that's what they r called or episodes did u go dizzy and short of breath as well as the racing heart ... these episodes r happening every other day and just feeling worst and going on longer . Since ur op do u feel 100 percent 

       Thanks Gary 

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      Since my ablation, I no longer have SVT. When I had my ablation, they found 4 other abnormal arrythmias, so have to take medication for those. But the SVT was fixed. My doctor told me that when you have the ablation and if it’s a success, it has less than a 5% chance it would come back. SCT is hard to capture, that’s why you need a 30 event monitor on you.  When I had SVT, I got very dizzy and nauseated. I didn’t have shortness of breath but everyone is different with symptoms. I had to stop driving for awhile as I never knew when the SVT was going to happen and I was afraid I was going to have a wreck. You need to see a cardiologist. 
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      Hi thanks for responds , been back today they have referred me now . Hope it's  soon every other day it's seems to be happening , the fast pulsating dizzy and chest pain seems to be lasting longer . I know what ur saying it hard to catch on ecg. I am on ramipril and they just put me on bisoprlol so even a small change to how I feel would be good ... glad ur now on the right road all the best 

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      IT can very frustrating and not knowing when it can come on. It makes One anxious too and paranoid about it. When I started driving again, I had my husband go with me as I had lost all confidence if not having an episode while I’m driving. Since I still have 4 arrythmias , I think now I’m having some atrial tachycardia which never goes over 130 but when I have it, my chest and arms burn. They say that they can’t fix all of them. I see a new electrophysiologist Wednesday as my other one left the area. I hope he will have some good news for me as I don’t think the medication I’m taking is not working that well anymore. 
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    had my first svt in 2000, I was 31yo. so had it 18 years, at the start went from 40mins-2 hours which wasn't too bad. was taught vagal manoevres to stop which worked for 17 years. then the vagal manoevres stopped working. so now on metoprolol 25mg twice daily because it got out of control. it changed last year was starting to get 5-10 hour svts which caused me too many hospital visits with them giving adenosine to stop it. the metoprolol has reduced my episodes from 25 a month to 6 episodes a month and lesser hospital visits

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      Hi I also took the metropolol for three years  25 mg after my first ablation, but for me is no sense to take the metroprolol again since I had the second  ablation, it supposed that is the reason to do it, no more meds and no more svt.
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      Hi Gary my symptoms now are like my heart is fluttering must of the time, basically irregular, the doctor said I will feel extra beats and he said if necessary take the metroprolol.  Specially when I sleep at night I feel the fluttering more often. It makes me scary since is my heart. I

      Will call the doctor today and ask him is this is ok. Thanks for asking and did you feel so tired after the ablation? Because that is my feeling since Friday.

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      Gary I don’t understand your question.  This  Friday was my second Ablation the first one didn’t work the svt came back, so my doctor and I decided to do the second ablation that it was on Friday.  But after this second Ablation, that was on Friday doctor said no more svt, that  I will feel just extra beats.   I think the heart has to heal and then see what happen. My only problem now is that I am feeling so tired.
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