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Hi all. I am so glad I have found other people I can talk to about certain heart problems. It makes me feel better. Ok I have been diagnoised with supraventricular tachycardia.

I am a 22 yr old female, healthy, i eat well lotsa fruit and veg, i do drink about once a fortnight and i do smoke but not a heavy smoker maybe 2 smokes a day 5 at the most. I weigh about 55 kgs but dont do much exercise, I have started walking around the block to get my heart stronger.

I was told for a whole yr I had anxiety cuz the symptoms are very similar, but I went to another doc and he put a holter monitor on me for 24 hrs and they picked up this condition. Since then I have done a 24 hr urine sample had another heart moinitor put on and done a fair few blood tests, now I dont get these back till Monday and I am so so scared until then.

I get chest pains, and a really bad heavy tightness feeling of the chest like pressure and pulpatations, when the SVT occurs I feel so out of breath and like I cant get a good one, sometimes I get dizzy too and my heart goes 100 miles an hour. The highest heart rate they picked up on the first holter when they found the SVT was 202.

Does anyone else suffer from this condition? If so please write to me!

I have been put on a low does of beta blockers (solavert 80mg tab half twice a day) they work a little and make me feel realxed but not for long enough and i start to feel yuk again! So they may up the does not sure whats going on till monday.

I am scared that its going to annoy me for life and cause bad things to happen to me? Does anyone else live with this condition if so please write me a post!

Thank you xox
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replied August 18th, 2008
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Did doctors check your thyroid gland?
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replied August 24th, 2008
svt
hi
i have the same thing as in svt and funny enough i went through the whole anxiety diagnoses as well .in the end the holter monnitor picked mine up and i was quickley taken for an ablation to try and close the causing pathway.mine used go upto 280 a few times a day it is very frighting and would defo feel like a severe panic attack,i also suffer from a lot of pvcs and i am still on a bb for now.u should get thyroid checked as well as this can cause fast heart rates .there are good treatments outthere now for svt depending on how much it affects your quality of life.

hope u feel good
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replied September 10th, 2008
svt
Hi- I'm 25 and was diagnosed with SVT at age 15. I would only get the attacks maybe once a year or once every other year, but they were severe. My heart would go up to 250 bpm, and I would have to go to the emergency room where they would have to try out a few different medications, since it would not go back down. I also suffered from anxiety since age 14, but the feeling of the panic attack and the SVT attack were very different. It's hard to explain, but when I get my SVT attacks, I first feel this funny sensation in my chest and throat--kind of like a flutter, where with panic attacks, my heart just starts to race and I have no sensations before my heart starts racing. I was on beta blockers from age 17-20, and had the ablation when I was 20. I had complications from that procedure. I almost ended up with a pacemaker and I also got a blood clot from it. Normally it's a pretty safe operation though. And I feel like it was worth it in the end if I don't have to worry about SVT anymore. I still get anxiety at night. I worry about my heart racing, which in turn, causes my heart to start racing. It takes about 15 minutes to calm down usually. When I had SVT attacks, my heart would never go down on its own. Still it's always frightening when it happens because I worry that my heart is just going to quit or go into some crazy rhythm. My advice would be to stop smoking all together--honestly, even 2 cigarettes can make a difference. Also, don't drink too much. For me it's not so much how often I drink, but how much. I drink until I get a little buzz, but I can't drink heavily. Also, cut down on caffeine (I notice my heart gets a little funny even after drinking 1 cup of coffee). Also, if you do exercise, make sure you're not doing it too hard. It's an annoying condition to live with. I envy my friends who don't have to worry about their heart at such a young age, but just know that there are a lot of people out there with the same condition, and there are plenty of worse things to have. Also, from what I've been told, SVT is more annoying than harmful. Good luck and don't let this get you down!
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replied April 7th, 2009
similar symptoms
hi-i am 20 years old and have just been experiencing some very similar symptoms especially after drinking the night before and doing exercise the following day. i then stopped drinking and just played 5 a side football until i experienced it again. I ended up in hospital after feeling a sudden sharp heart pain and fast heart rate, i then started to feel light headed, short breathed and a tight chest. i thought i was having a heart attack it was very frightening! the doctors at hospital said my heart was fine and i was recommended to go speak to my local gp soon afterwards. i went yesterday morning and he believes i am suffering from SVT, although i have been told for months it was anxiety attacks and told me to try to push it out of my mind. I was told i probably had SVT straight away from my new doctor after seeing 3 different doctors about it previously which all told me it was anxiety attacks which was quite frustrating. They did an ecg and want me to go straight back when i have the symptoms again to do another tracing (ecg), although i think it will be hard to catch as they tend to be quite short episodes where as i believe the 24 hour monitor would be more suited as they can trace the heart throughout the full day. they have also taken a blood test to check my thyroid because overactive thyroids can cause these symptoms and it runs throughout my family. Is there certain things people would advise not to do if i do get diagnosed with this condition? as football tends to take up a large chunk of my life although the symptoms i am having are very frightening and dont want to suffer them every time i play football! does anybody else play sports with these symptoms and if there is a way around it please tell me. cheers joe
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replied August 15th, 2009
i get this when i play football and i too have had the "its just anxiety" remark when it isn't. My heart will be fine for months and then only when i play football it will go crazy and beat like mental and i can feel it fluttering and its scary because you think you're going to die. All of a sudden i will feel it go mental and get palpitations and then 2 minutes later will go from 200BPM to 80BPM in a matter off a second.
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replied September 2nd, 2009
SVT
Hi all im also 20 yrs old,and had my first attack about 6 months ago,I have to ay it was the most scariest thing that has ever happened to me ever.
Its really annoying cuz i find myself thinking what if this happens while im driving or when im on my own!!
My cardiologist never put me on beta-blockers or anything cuz he said they didnt work.
I couldnt even fly to thai-land this summer cuz i was afraid i may have an attack on the plane.Its such a scary condition and it kinda takes away your peace of mind.I used to be so care-free and now all i think about is stupid svt and when its going to happen again.
I will defo have the albation if it happens again or shall i say when it happens again.Does any1 know if its possible to just have one attack and never have 1 again or is that jus wishful thinking?
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replied August 11th, 2011
svt
I had a attack in feb this year and now one sunday I did not think it would happen again it was 6 month and i was just cleaning house. so i am scary now for real am i going to die it feels like i am
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replied August 11th, 2011
svt
I had a attack in feb this year and now one sunday I did not think it would happen again it was 6 month and i was just cleaning house. so i am scary now for real am i going to die it feels like i am
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replied December 4th, 2009
Hi. I'm 33 yr old and had my first SVT event Sept 26th 2009. I have no previous heart conditions or illnesses.
Since then, I've started having panic attacks. I didn't believe that they were panic attacks at first because they happen even when I'm happy and not stressing about anything. My Holter monitor, stress test, echo, and labs all came back OK.
The cardiologist wants to do an ablation, but I've read that they don't always work and can make you feel worse.
My SVT events are becoming more frequent and I'm starting to be able to distiguish SVT from panic attacks.
I'd like to see an Endocrinologist before I have the ablation but I can't get a referral because the docs don't think SVT is that serious. It sure feels serious when it's happening.
I'm scared for my life everyday now.
Any advice would be appreciated.
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replied April 13th, 2010
svt
Hi, I am 20 years old and have never had any heart problems. About a month and a half ago i started getting a racing heart when i was just at rest, I ended up in the emergency room many times. I then went to a doctor and was told i had panic attacks. soon after I started getting palpitations and started getting the attacks even when i was sleeping. I finally found a doctor who told me i had svt. I have had multiple blood tests done, and its not my thyroid. I have also had multiple ecgs done and they have not caught my svt. I have also had a stress test that came back normal, and worn a 24 hour holter monitor. I am scheduled for an ultra sound of my heart soon. Its taken soooo long for anyone to find anything. Ive had many doctors and many of them disagree. I just want to get better. If this cardiologist doesnt find anything, im going to get a second opinion. I just need someone to listen to me.
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replied May 12th, 2010
Dealing With SVT and Panic Disorder/Health Anxiety
Just a quick note to everyone struggling with SVT and Panic Disorder.

It is very common for people who have been diagnosed with a cardiac disorder (for want of a better term) to develop health anxiety. Cardiac symptoms can create anxiety, just as anxiety can create cardiac symptoms. While you may mistake a panic attack for an SVT, you may also mistake an SVT for a panic attack, or they may appear together or in rapid succession.

CORRECT DIAGNOSIS OF SVT AND PANIC DISORDER

SVT is diagnosed by a cardiac specialist (not a GP) after examining the behaviour of your heart across various tests. They are qualified to diagnose SVT, they are not qualified to rule out panic disorder or the development of a health-related anxiety as a result of your SVT diagnosis, which as I say is common and normal.

Anxiety disorder is diagnosed by a psychologist or psychiatrist (NOT A GP!) and involves more symptoms that tachycardia, many of them cognitive and measured by what you tell the therapist and their observations of you.

SEEKING DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

It is normal to worry about your health, especially after experiencing SVT! When this worry starts to interfere with your life, or produces symptoms that impair your life, consider seeking psychological examinations in addition to medical examinations. You have every right to ask for a cardiac examination to rule out any physiological causes, just as you have every right to ask for a physiological assessment to understand how your psychology may or may not be contributing to or causing your symptoms.

MY EXPERIENCE

SVT is the scariest thing that has ever happened to me, it is only normal that I would develop some anxiety triggered cardiac symptoms from such a traumatic experience. I stopped the exercise I loved, I was scared to walk up stairs, I spent 6 months a captive of my health anxiety. Reducing my fear of the cardiac symptoms not only helped me get on with life, it also helped me deal calmly (well, more calmly!) with my next SVT episode, which I was able to terminate by myself by relaxing and using vagal manoeuvrs. I still have days where I check my pulse 100 times, but they are few and far between, and preceded by emotional stress.

Neither SVT nor health anxiety can rule your life. Show them show is boss by seeking correct diagnoses for both, educating yourself and demanding effective treatments.
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replied November 29th, 2011
I found out I had Svt when i was 29, I'm now 31. Out of the blue I felt my heart racing and when it stopped I would feel a pain in my head, also a little shortness of breath. I went to the emergancy room and they told me it was Svt. I had a cardiac ablation done to stop it. First on the left side of the heart, but it didn't stop it so they did it on the right side and ive never had it again but a few months after the ablation I started having anxiety which I dealt with. I found out somebody I work with had Svt and had the same exact symptoms and also had anxiety afterword. I recommend The ablation procedure if you want to get rid of it.
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replied November 29th, 2011
I found out I had Svt when i was 29, I'm now 31. Out of the blue I felt my heart racing and when it stopped I would feel a pain in my head, also a little shortness of breath. I went to the emergancy room and they told me it was Svt. I had a cardiac ablation done to stop it. First on the left side of the heart, but it didn't stop it so they did it on the right side and ive never had it again but a few months after the ablation I started having anxiety which I dealt with. I found out somebody I work with had Svt and had the same exact symptoms and also had anxiety afterword. I recommend The ablation procedure if you want to get rid of it.
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replied January 4th, 2012
I was diagnosed with SVT at 27 years old and although I have felt some anxiety about when and where the attacks will occur over the years, I have lived with it pretty well without medication or any other treatment. Unfortunately due to personal stress I have recently experienced a severe attack followed by frequent panic attacks(I was diagnosed with Panic disorder almost 20 years ago, however this has been well controlled for the past ten years.)I have now started having nocturnal panic attacks accompanied by a racing heart ?svt. As I am waking up like this I am experiencing a great deal of anxiety and I am finding it more difficult to control the attacks and remain calm. I live in dread of the next attack and it is affecting my work and social life. As a result I am currently considering ablation and would be grateful for any advice or experiences that you are able to share, thank you.
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replied January 6th, 2012
For me the anxiety came after the ablation and personal stress. If the ablation is going to help then I would recommend it. I was told there is only a 5% chance the svt could come back after the procedure, as little chance that is, it still made me think about it and always check my heart rate which didn't help my anxiety. They say you would be awake for the procedure but I was asleep both times. I felt groggy and sick after the first one but not the second time. You'll feel much better, its worth it.
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replied January 9th, 2012
Thank you it really helps to get advice from someone who has actually experienced svt. I'm due to see my cardiologist in Feb, fingers crossed I'll be brave enough to go for it this time!! I think you're right about the checking of my heart rate, hoping that I can learn to reduce that in time.
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replied March 18th, 2012
Hi all. Just wondered if any of you can help me. When exercising, playing football especially yesterday for instance my heart rate started to go mad and my chest goes really tight and start to feel really dizzy. This does not happen all the time, but every now and then and has been happening for a number of years now. Went to the doctors did a few test and come to the conclusion it was asthma, everything seemed to be alright after that for a bit, was taking me inhaler twice a day but has started occurring again and felt it really bad when playing football yesterday. Just wondered if any could give me some advice on what to do?? Or what I could be suffering from. I don't smoke at all, like a drink now and then but nothing to excessive. Do plenty of sport and like to keep fit
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replied May 24th, 2012
SVT
Hi I was diagnosed with SVT only a week ago and have only been suffering from it for a few weeks, but i am getting many attacks a day and have even had one render me unconcious. I have been put on medications which are helping and have also nee using the techniques suggested by the cardiologist. Taken a deep breath when i feel it starting seems to be the most effective. Given that it is happening so many times a day i may opt for the ablation eventually
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replied May 24th, 2012
SVT
Hi I was diagnosed with SVT only a week ago and have only been suffering from it for a few weeks, but i am getting many attacks a day and have even had one render me unconcious. I have been put on medications which are helping and have also been using the techniques suggested by the cardiologist. Taking a deep breath when i feel it starting seems to be the most effective. Given that it is happening so many times a day i may opt for the ablation eventually. I feel for everybody who has this and respect all those on here who have dealt with it for so any years.
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replied May 24th, 2012
Hey, I have SVT and I have had it for about 8 years now. I symptoms are slowly becoming a rare occurrence. The best advice I can give is to not worry. Studies have been done that say people who worry about their heart are more likely to have problems in the future.

If you want more info on SVT visit http://svtclinic.com
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replied December 3rd, 2012
I was diagnosed with SVT at age 13...

I've sort of had the opposite with the whole problem. I had a really bad attack in the middle of the night, and when they finally got me calmed down my pulse was over 200. A few days later I was put on a holter monitor for three days, didn't have any attacks during that time frame, however I did develop an attachment to the pouch I was given to carry the heart monitor around with while I was on it, so I believe I developed anxiety issues due to the heart condition. It gets worse if I don't have the pouch with me. Occasionally I will get upset over some things and my heart rate will intensify, an I'm constantly checking my pulse. If I'm so much as tired, which normally causes my legs to shake because its hard to walk well when you have no energy, I whip out my phone and practically beg a friend to start the timer for me. If I get the chills, two fingers go straight to the nearest pulse point. I'm not sure if its natural to develop any form of symptom like that, but my brother also has SVT and constantly assures me that it's fine. (Honestly, he doesn't have it near as bad as me...)

My friends tell me that I should get surgery for my own SVT, but I don't want to because honestly the anxiety that comes from the condition gives me something to think about. (Also, it's expensive.)
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