thank you. it is so ironic that i am reading your message right now. i just had another attack after almost 3 weeks of quiet. this one once again came on in my sleep and my heart rate got to 180 but i converted within 5 min this time by laying on the floor with my legs up straight behind the couch. i was back to 67. did not take the calcium blocker that my doc gave me after the last big attack on 12/20 that took me to the ER with 158 pulse and they gave me adenosine shot. i try the manuvers and the only one that seems to work is the legs up. its funny but i felt all day that this attack was going to come on. thank you for your comments and i would like to stay in touch. i am 58 years old and am not in menopause yet. Francesca
ps this started for the first time on 8/7 and that took me to the ER in a panic that night and they gave me Ativan with a rate of 138. I have had now 6 episodes since 8/7 all convertable except the one on 12/20.
I had SVT (supraventricular tachycardia) for years. I've had two ablations (one surgical) and take medication to control my heart rate and rhythms. Sometime in 2008 my SVT turned into the much more serious VT which lead to the ablations as well as a valve repair.
Also may I suggest asking your doctor about Valsalva maneuvers. One maneuver is carried out by holding your breath and then trying to exhale forcibly as if straining during a bowel movement. Holding the nose and exhaling against the obstruction has a similar effect. Both of these worked pretty well for me to get out of SVT. The second most important thing for me was a great electrophysiologist.
I wouldn't let SVT (or valve surgery for that matter) stop me from living my life. Life is too short and there is too much I want to do. However that being said, I know how crappy it can make you feel after an SVT episode. I wish you the best of luck. If you ever have any questions, please feel free to in-box me.
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Luann in pennsylvania, I know about living with heart disease too. IT SUCKS, BUT u MUST move on. I suffer with heart damage from a heart attack and if that was not bad enough, during my bypass I developed a worsting A-fib condition. With this condition u never know if the heart is going to speed up, slow down or stop. This is whats on my mind 24/7, However I will not let it stop me. Best of luck to U. I have several blogs on my sparkpage about my heart disease, feel free to read them if U like
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