ventricular tachycardia

Posted by calamityjane @calamityjane, Nov 27, 2011

Does anyone have this condition and how do you deal with it ?

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@martishka

I have SVT, also atrial fib and flutter. I am looking for a permanent solution.
What kind do you haVe?

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Good morning, I used to live in Maine- Southwest Harbour , on a boat for the summer.
I’m on Metoprolol, is that what you mean. I was put on it in emerg this summer
25mg two times a day. I had to leave our boat and see a dr during our sailing trip because everytime I moved I had a heart issue. When I got home my cardiologist immediately put me in the hosp, did an ablation and it failed. I feel pretty disappointed. Meanwhile he has doubled my meds so 50 mg 2X day. Most beta blockers will make you feel tired because they reduce the need for the heart to beat so strongly- you need less oxygen. I think you just have to fight that side effect. I did take inderal a million years ago and my memory tells me that it was more debilitating than this drug. I think I will be off this soon. I have a standing order for an ECG everytime I have a problem so the dr can see what is happening. And I have collected alot of data!
Do you see a regular cardiologist or an electrophysiologist? Ablations are EP studies and are performed by specialists- the electrophysiologist. There are 5 here in Victoria and that’s who I see. I think they know a lot more since their specialty is rhythm problems. If you have an ablation where would you have it done? Hope all goes well for you.

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@martishka

I have SVT, also atrial fib and flutter. I am looking for a permanent solution.
What kind do you haVe?

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Good evening. We love the coast, go to Bar Harbor in the summer.Yes same med, I look forward to trying it.I realize that I need to be more informed. I do have an electrophysiologist, he’s great. I would have the procedure done in Bangor, Maine if he does it. Before I met him I considered Boston Mass.my Aunt is a nurse out there and I could stay with her for awhile.Thank you, I hope all goes well for you too.

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@martishka

I have SVT, also atrial fib and flutter. I am looking for a permanent solution.
What kind do you haVe?

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Hi hope your well. Haven’t written a post for awhile, it’s been a little hectic around here. My son is getting ready to move to China. Im not crazy about the idea, but I’ll have to get over it. He got his new high tech hearing aids and they don’t work as well as the old ones,trying a new pair Thursday, hope they are better. He’s a good kid, made the deans list and got invited into the honor society. I still worry about him . He’s lost alot of his hearing, makes it harder for him in another country, especially China.Hope everything is going well with you.

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Do either of you know if this can reverse on its own? Because this came on all of a sudden, so I was hoping it would be something that could go away on its own as well.
Also anyone heard about the relation of SVT with gluten? I came across a blog yesterday and many of the people on there were attributing this to a gluten allergy/intolerance. Not sure about that one, but its worth researching I guess.

I hate how this makes me feel and my anxiety peaks when I have an episode which obviously makes it worse. I dont want to drive for any periods of time bc Im afraid I will be in the middle of no where when it happens and I feel like Im about to have a heart attack. Its taking over my life slowly and only adds to my anxiety issues. I wish it would just go away already.

Thank you both for sharing your stories. Makes me feel better that Im not the only one dealing with this – not that Im happy any of us have SVT.

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HI, My tachycardias often reverted on their own. This was when I was on meds (one for rate and one for rhythm) My cardiologist had me chew a pill when it happened and I did use ativan for the anxiety. A small dose under the tongue. It is an anxiety producing syndrome. I am very thankful for one of my cardiologists because at that time (20 years ago) I had two young children and I was afraid to go on a year long sailing trip to remote areas. My dr convinced me to go, with a letter in hand for emergency should I need it. ( I didn’t) It was a great year.
My triggers seemed unpredictable- it would happen at the most obscure times or activities. I think if it is interfering with your life you should consider having it fixed. They have gotten very good at getting rid of SVT with an ablation. Also, I have never heard of gluten as a trigger, but I have heard that red wine, caffeine and chocolate could be triggers. I hope this helps you.

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After going back and reading their posts from 2011 forward, I certainly join @jennybell1 in thanking martishka and calamityjane for sharing their history with SVT and similar conditions. Some very useful information there. Re triggers, in my case stress and caffeine were the most easily identified. I was a real Starbucks fan. An ablation is really nothing to fear – it was an outpatient procedure and I was able to go home afterward. I was kept awake enough to respond to questions during the ablation which lasted a couple of hours as the EP doc was persistent but in the end unable to simulate the condition. I came away with some pretty good bruising around the groin and midriff areas which was a bit sore for a few days. The EP doc worked with my cardiologist – important to have both – in determining treatment options. They replaced my beta blocker with Cartia, a calcium channel blocker. Since then my episodes have been milder and far less frequent. While I’m keenly aware that I have this condition, I’ve never let it stop me from doing the things I want to do. My cardiologist has warned me not to be too cavalier about it, but I know the triggers, I know the early symptoms, I know the techniques to use to convert (although the face in a bucket of ice water trick has never had much appeal and my cardio doc recommended against it) and I know when I need to get to the ER to get treatment. The point I make is this: be concerned and learn all you can about this condition, consult with a good cardio team and follow their recommendations, but don’t let the fear of having SVT take over your life to the degree that you feel trapped and cheated out of life. Like many others, I have several other conditions to contend with in addition to SVT so I try to keep all of it in perspective and maintain a positive attitude. Never stop learning.

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