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Recent SVT diagnosis

On January 1st I was sitting on the couch with my fiance when all of the sudden my heart started racing out of nowhere. I wasn't thinking about anything that would make me feel anxious or anything. We we're just watching TV. I took an Ativan hoping it would knock the edge off of what I thought was a panic attack. 15 min went by and the Ativan didn't even touch my heart racing. I then decided I better take another one, hoping I just needed more medicine because I must have been having a more intense attack. Again it didn't end up helping my heart stop racing at all. My heart felt like it was beating out of my chest and I was having horrible chest pains. I knew something just wasn't quite right and I begin to feel like I was going to drop dead. I urged my fiance to call 911 and have the emergency squad come check me out. When the squad arrived they hooked me up to an EKG right away. They informed me that my heart rate was 230. I asked them if I was going to die and they assured me I wasn't going to. I asked them if there was any way that they could give me something to slow my heart rate down and they said yes. So they hooked me up to an IV and gave me medicine through my vein. I instantly felt better after that dose of medicine and was so relieved! They told me they were going to have to take me to the hospital in the ambulance and I would need to stay there overnight for observation. During my hospital visit I was diagnosed with Supraventricular Tachycardia. I know I have had this for years but no one had ever caught it. They told me they can only diagnose you with it if you are having an episode at the time of booking hooked up to an EKG or a heart monitor. I am sharing this with you all to inform you about my situation and encourage you to call 911 if you think you're having a panic attack because that might not be the case. Don't hesitate to go get checked out if you have any doubts. I have had this condition for about ten years now and they just caught it at the beginning of this new year.

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Thank you and best wishes for a healthier long life.

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Thank you! 😊

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I have had this before but it's gone up to around 134-170. I've been attached to an ecg machine too while this was happening. Is your condition treatable?

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Yes, it is treatable. Right now they have me on beta blockers. Also surgery is an option to correct the problem.

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