SVT longterm dangerous?

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Hey everyone,

I'm a 26 yr old male and have had an Electrocardiogram in March ( Almost 6 months ago ) because of rapid heartbeat, and the results said \"Sinus Tachycardia\" and the doctor said it was SVT's. It lasts for hours and hours, often from 110-140 or 150 bpm. Thing is, I have them almost every day, almost year-round, and I've read around and people or articles seem to suggest they last for hours sometimes but then can only reappear months later.

Today I'm posting this because it's making me panicky, is it possible my heart could be damaged from having them so often? And also, my heart can go as low as 55-60 at night sometimes, even though I'm no athlete, so I was wondering *if* I were to need treatment would that drop my \"sometimes nightly 55-60 bpm to lower?\"

Anyhow, I just wanna rule outthe possibility that I may soon die from this because it is so present in my life and don't really know what to do. I've passed some cardio tests last year and they said my heart was normal, but I still wonder, could all this tachycardia made my heart damaged since then? And is this almost constant tachycardia life-threatening to me? I'm so scared...

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    Hi, sorry to hear about the amount of SVT's you are having - it must be a nightmare. Really the best thing you can do is to talk to your cardiologist about it. If it is SVT and you have a normal, healthy heart it should not cause you any problems other than the effect on your lifestyle and the worry / panic that sometimes comes with it. You do need to get it checked by a specialist though- take your ECG recording with you and ask them lots of questions to deal with your worries. My SVT hits 220 bpm at its worst but I have it very rarely indeed thank goodness.

    Read some of the other posts - cariac ablation is a good treatment for many with the chance of a complete cure so discuss that whilst you are at it. Good luck and try not to worry yourself too much.

    Cheers,

    Alex

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    Thanks for your reply.

    I have a 24/hr holter test on Oct.14th, but my doc told me to take Metoprolol meanwhile ( a Beta Blocker ) and told me to start tomorrow morning. It scares me quite a bit, cuz it says that it decreases blood pressure, and my blood pressure is already often at 99/79 whne standing but may be 130/80 when sitting... so my concern is will it drop my 99/79 to a critical low blood pressure? Maybe not, I guess I wouldnb't have had it prescribed to me if it presented a danger to me, but it does scare me a bit... something that affects my heartrate :shock: Of course, I sould have anticipated that and be more happy that atlast I may find something to get rid of it if that medication works fine on me.

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    Hi been on betablockers for 6 months. Also had lowish bloodpressure before taking them now it does drop low often 88 over 55 but it is a lot better than the alternative. Don't feel too bad if i attack a bag of boiled sweets when feeling rough (humbugs my fave) but have loads of friends with low blood pressure who have had to cope all their lives, they all reckon boiled sweets are good and so is a packet of salted crisps both followed by a sit down if poss. If I find I can't bear it will go back to drs and in the meantime its a good excuse to eat humbugs!

    Hope things go ok with you try not to worry too much that just makes it worse.

    Take care.

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    Hello, I'm in a similar boat. I've wonders for a while whether I should consider my SVT a more severe case or if there are others who have it much worse. Your post has enlightened me somewhat, I sympathize with you in regards to your fear of the unknown possibilities with your future.

    My symptoms come about just about every day, some days only about 200 BPM and other days well over 300, almost 400. Its been so bad before that my vision became purple around the outside and grew in intensity until I saw tunnels and I was on the verge of blacking out. I thought I was going to die, but it seems life is a flexible thing as fragile as it is. Seeing this, I've decided to act immediately. I will not stand by and wait for this to kill me when I have it within my power to stop it. Thank you for sharing, you may have just changed my life.

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