Hi, my name is Gail, I'm 60 and have had SVT for the last 10 years. Looking back I had an episode during my first pregnancy but it went off after an hour or so and I forgot all about it.
I seem to have 'attacks' roughly 2 or 3 times a year and I am sure that bending down suddenly, stress (high adrenalin levels) 'bring on' an attack. But when my heart is beating at 160bpm I 'freak out'
During the 2nd/3rd episode it was caught on ECG.
I understand that it is probably genetic and that it is an 'electrical' heart problem.
For the first 7 or 8 years I took the 'pill in the pocket' approach and then starting taking a small amount of antenolol daily - I used to break a 25mg tablet in 3 ( I hate taking any medication). However, last year I started to take 25mg daily - this is the lowest dose of ateneolol you can take. The only problem with this medication is when you end up in A & E they give you adenosine to stop the SVT which is horrible. If I am having an attack I take and extra 25mg of ateneolol and wait for it to work (atenolol seems to take about 1hr 45mins to work).
I panic like mad when I have an episode and my GP has given me some diazapam to take to help me keep calm and I only use them for SVT attacks). I now usually manage with the extra atenolol/diazapam most of the time.
I have been offered an ablation, but know of a few people that have had these several times before they work and I feel at the moment if I can keep it under control it's ok!!
Sorry that this is turning into a novel but would just like to mention 2 more things......
1. I have IBS
2. My sister and I were diagnosed with Haemochromatosis last year. This is a genetic issue which causes too much iron in the blood. The extra iron is stored in the liver but also can be stored in other organs such as the heart.
Woman are protected to some degree during menstruation. However their iron levels increase in their 50's/60's. Once diagnosed and there are no other issues, it is treated by venesection (taking blood every so often until the iron levels are normal) I wonder how much of a coincidence it is that I had my first SVT during pregnancy and then not again until after the menopause!!
Thank you for taking the time to read this epic email - I'm recovering from a broken leg so have plenty of time myself at the moment