SVT has really affected my life

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I'm 50 years old and in good health. I've suffered SVT episodes for 29 years, but the use to be few and far between. The last two years, especially the past ten months have been very tough with frequent episodes leaving me dizzy, nauseas, and out of breath. The discomfort - weird sensations, thumping, and skipped beats and chest pain - is now daily, I've been in the ER 8 times since December having to be cardioverted with adenosine which is very unpleasant. Sometimes I'm terrified I'm going to have a heart attack or stroke. My episodes can last several minutes of several hours. None of the medications have worked and the side effects are terrible, I'm tired, easily out of breath, and uncomfortable all the time. Cutting out or limiting triggers hasn't helped either and I'm undergoing ablation in the next couple weeks, I'm really scared, but trying to stay strong as I don't want to keep experience long this. It's affecting my life quite seriously: not feeling like exercising ( and I'm a fitness trainer and instructor), depressed, gaining weight, afraid to go out or travel, and never feeling well. I'd love to hear from anyone going through the same thing or who recently had the ablation to hear how you've prepared, how you're doing. Also, does everyone have to stay on meds after? If so, how long? I wants off these meds and want my life, my self back.

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    Dear Jennifer

    So sorry to hear about your health issue. I have not had ablation to help with my condition so cannot tell you anything about it. I just wanted to offer you support and say that s

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      Sorry couldn't finish my last message as my phone played up but it appears you got the sentiment of it from your reply.

      Just wanted to wish you good luck for the future and say I hope what is being tried for you works

      Gap

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    Hi Jennifer ?

    I am also 50 (not long turned) and I too have suffered and at times still do the glorious unruly heart. Such as skipped/missed beats which I've been told are premature beats, but, it's the pause that is noticed. I have had the thuds. The flippity floppy sensation, at times my chest has been a real play ground. Though I have never (as yet) experienced any pain, and me being the type of blowing it out of proportion worrying sort of guy, have taken myself up to A+E on several occasions. Where I've had ECG scans, X rays of my not so manly chest, bloods, and low and behold, it all come back clear. Well, Funny how all my symptoms seem to go holiday whenever I've had these tests done, only to get home for them to return. I am now on Sertraline 50mg as my GP put it down to Anxiety, and the Medication has helped me immensely, and has given me back my personality, I do get the odd symptom or two, mainly when I'm resting. Funny thing is, the symptoms are rarely noticed when your busy or occupied, I wish you all the best Jennifer, and we're always here and your never alone, keep us posted xx

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