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I am 20yo, female and have been diagnosed with IST (with additional VT or SVT type attacks - jury is still out on that one). I had what I would describe as the worst attack yet.
Whilst my HR was only between 130 and 160, it was within that range for a period of five hours. I couldn't stop it with anything I did, and medication wouldn't work either. When it started, I felt like I had the air knocked out of my lungs. I could feel a pounding in my neck and stomach - so weird.
I was extremely breathless, couldn't focus and became really faint towards the end. I didn't go to hospital as I kept thinking that it would convert on its own, as I have never had one that lasted this long. Shortly after I finally did make the decision to go to hospital, it dropped from 140 to 80 in seconds (before I got there of course). I am still a little on the breathless side following that episode.
I am meeting with my cardiologist this week, but I would be interested to hear what you have been told as to when you should go to hospital. In hindsight, I know I probably should have made that decision sooner.
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