Bad bad night SVT

So dead asleep and was awoken to not being able to take in air, heart kept skipping thought maybe a panic attack but i wasnt anxious, took my pulse 197 bpm, didnt think that was right so did it on my heart rate monitor, 187, i calmly grabbed my keys and walked out to my car, got a mile down the road and felt like i was going to faint, called 911 and pulled off, paramedics arrived after 20 mins and took my heart rate, 183 bpm bp was 180 over 100, put me in the ambulance, heart rate calmed to 90 bpm bp was 120 over 74 by the time we arrived to the E.R. aggravated needless to say. SVT isnt dangerous the doctor said but my doctor at the VA said it will kill you. Lol im fed up with all the different info. I just want to go home and go to sleep.

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  • My first episode with health anxiety, started like that. sound asleep, wokeup to thumping heart, high pulse. it happened 2-3 more times. by the time i reach hospital, everything is normal. (I think if anything happens doctors will take care kind of assurance may be)

    It mostly happens at night because we subconscious ly feel compared to day, night we may not get checked in time.

    I dont know ur health concern but when panicked the pulse always goes up.

    This too shall pass. just laugh out loud (even if there is no reason) hum ur fav song. good luck

  • That would have freaked me out! Glad all is well and you are better now but geeze...what a scare!!

  • Good Morning American_army_guy...hopefully you are sleeping after all that went on last night. I remember those nights of waking up from a sound sleep because I couldn't breathe. It was like my lungs were stuck and wouldn't open to allow a breath in. I would jump out of bed, run down the steps from my bedroom, open the front door and breathe in the night air. It was at that moment my lungs seemed to open up once again and I caught that first breath.

    Over and over this happening from time to time. Each time able to run through the house for fresh air. And each time it happened my heart would be racing like crazy. The adrenaline shot up within me in moments after thinking I couldn't breathe.

    What's interesting in your story is that in what was going on, you had the physical stamina and presence to get your keys and get into your car to try to get help (not a good idea) but the fact is we didn't collapse physically or emotionally. What we needed to know was that we were safe. Once you called the paramedics your blood pressure and pulse dropped to normal. The danger was over, it had passed. The physical part of it has passed but the mental part is buried deep in our minds now and can surface when we least expect it.

    So, we have to find another way to not go off the deep end when these episodes happen. ( For our own sanity) I know you have had a difficult time being thrown from one diagnosis to another. Your mind and body are in one state of panic. You want a clear cut answer but there may not be because anxiety plays such a big part of what we are feeling. Sometimes doing things that we are against (which is taking antianxiety meds) have to be rethought. It's not a defeat. You are not surrendering. You're pulling out all the guns to go forward and beat this monster. As it retreats then you can back off on your meds. There's a time and a place for everything. This may be the time for you to reach out for some help.

    I hope you got the rest you so needed and that today will be better for you in knowing that you once again survived and proved that you were stronger than anxiety. And you always will be.

    Take care armyguy....

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