svt or stress/anxiety

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I have had what thr doctors think is svt since october. Lots of episodes & possible side effects from bisoprolol between then & december time. GP kept upping the dosage which made me worse. Now been taken off them unless I have an episode.

Since then I've had a 24hr monitor & a scan.

As i hadn't jad anything happen since December I just got on with things.

I am more stressed now with work, running round after a toddler etc but having no symptoms so thought its definitely not anxiety or stress causing it. Then Monday (whole wearing another monitor) sat at my desk at work my bpm went to 126 & took a good hour to slow down. Yesterday the same happened as I walked home for my lunch break. Bpm about 130+ which although not high I felt light headed & dizzy & my heart rate seemed to start to slow then jump up high again. After 1.5 hrs I phoned tge hospital & removed the monitor & took meds.

I was abit worried & stressed at work but i had a bad nights sleep with my little one plus my grandad died a week ago & my partner is due to have a minor knee op soon so I'm wondering if it really is just stress or is causing svt to get worse.

I've got to wait 3 weeks for results of monitor, as my bpm wasn't particularly high I'm guessing I'll be back to square one. I am going to join tge gym in attempt to get fittter to see if that helps.

Has anyone else suffered stress & svt or does it sound like anxiety? I'm completely lost as to what to do sad

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    Do not let your doctors make you think it's anxiety. I thought I was living with just "anxiety disorder" for over 10 years. Come to find out, I was having a lot of episodes from thanksgiving until now and so I went to the doctor and demanded I have a heart monitor on. Wore it for two days and they caught something. I met with a cardiologist a couple weeks ago and he says, "this is not anxiety." - I will be doing a stress test with an echocardiogram on the 6th of april. If I were you, I would request the three baseline tests. Echo, stress test and to check your arteries in your neck. Good luck!

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     Yes ,There definitely a little stress In your live  ,SVT  I believe is a lot different  than an anxiety  attack  but everyone is different and has different experiences 
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    Hi Vikki. Although there are usually several common things, symptoms and causes can vary considerably, and in degree, from person to person. 

    You quest was "svt or stress/anxiety" but in my case it was definitely both.

    I was prone to SVT for about 20 years or so. The obvious triggers in my case were caffeine (acute allergy), sudden movements like bending down to pick something up, and finally a delayed reaction to mental (rather than physical) stress. 

    I had SVT hundreds of times but cannot remember it actually occurring while I was very stressed. Instead it tended to happen out of the blue about a day after stuff had calmed down (for example a day after a family row). Avoiding mental stress helped to reduce the frequency of my SVT episodes.

    I had to have an ablation a few years ago because the SVT became very bad during chemo I was having for unrelated blood cancer. Touch wood, I have not had a single SVT episode since. I would strongly recommend an ablation if your specialist thinks you suitable for one.

    Only a specialist can confirm whether you have SVT, and probably only after they capture it on a monitor while you are actually having it (took a couple of years in my case because it always seemed to disappear on arrival in A&E!). But the 130bpm  you mention does not seem very high - I was usually about 220-240bpm and I have heard similar from other folks.

    I do hope you do not have this awful condition, but if you do them make sure to see a specialist familiar with it and ask about an ablation.

    Take care, Kieran


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    Thank you fir the replys.

    When I initially was told it was svt my bpm was on around 140. I was fobbed off with bisoprolol & told to go home. I suffered with chest pain, I assume the bisoprolol csusing it because it was on/off constantly. If I hadn't kept annoying the gp I wouldn't have got to see the cardiologist.

    I am definitely more stressed & prone to anxiety at the moment & probably this year as a whole to be honest. When this all started I didn't have this stress which makes me feel like its not just stress. However I can almost feel an episode coming just before it happens which contradicts svt.

    I'm so confused & need answers so I can stop worrying when it'll happen next.

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