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Vasovagal Syncope and pregnancy, bad idea?

HI, I have suffered from quite severe vasovagal syncope (up to 10 episodes a week) and the occassional SVT episode (maybe one in every 3 months) for the past 5 years (im 23) but not severe enough to apparently warrent a pace maker with no medication providing any relief. I basically had to make drastic changes in my every day life to avoid major episodes. i still get daily dizzy spells but manage to avoid most full blackouts.

My husband and i are thinking of starting a family but all of this causes great concern as i spend a substantial amount of time alone and want to know if there is any research into how pregnancy affects someone with these conditions and whether a caeserean would be required. the last thing we want is to make a dangerous situations to myself or our baby. thanks

You need to make an appointment with the physician overseeing your care regarding this issue and let them know what you are planning. They will probably have a perinatalogist or Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist (high-risk OB) that they will want you consulting with. I would start there, or make an appt with your OB/GYN and see what she recommends; at some point, you will probably need a consult by a high-risk specialist. Best wishes!  (+ info)

Is Vasovagal Syncope a disability?

I have been diagnosed with vasovagal syncope, but my doctor says my condition quite severe, my heart rate drops dramatically before i lose consciousness, and the frequency of my blackouts are worrying ( i have maybe 2 a week, sometimes more). Does this count as a disability, because it does restrict my everyday life. In other words, can i apply for DSA (disabled students allowance).

I asked this question half an hour ago but people put answers about losing weight through colon cleaning >.<

I need to know so that i can sort out student finances

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How often does a person loose consciousness with Vasovagal Syncope?

Doctors are pretty sure I have Vasovagal Syncope because in January I lost consciousness and the same happened in April. Then on June 1st I lost consciousness two times that day. The first time was when I was lining up to go up for homeroom from lunch and the second time was at my 8th grade dance (I went to the ER the second time). Then on June 2nd I lost consciousness again while I was practicing for graduation that night. So in two days i passed out three times. Can that happen with Vasovagal Syncope? If it makes a difference I'm 14. Thanks for the help!

That is not in itself a diagnosis. A handful of things brings it on.

Since you have seen a few doctors already--what were you told?

Did they ran a blood test, or rather, blood tests, to see if your (blood) sugar was low. Did they do an EKG? Did they take your blood pressure three times--one flat on your back, and sitting up and standing up to see if you're dehydrated?

Did they run a urine test. And so on.

You need to make a follow up appointment after you have seen all these specialists (which I assume you have) with your primary care doctor. He will have all the results to go over these for you.  (+ info)

How to prevent episodes of vasovagal syncope when expecting an unavoidable trigger?

My fiancee was recently diagnosed with vasovagal syncope after several pain-induced fainting spells. Some of her triggers she has experienced are shots, IVs, eye doctor shining light in eye, nose swab, and other medical tests.

My question is, what we can we do to prevent her from fainting when these triggers are unavoidable. For example, the last two eye doctor appointments she has had she has fainted. What can we do to prevent her from fainting the next time she has an eye doctor appointment?

Is there a medicine that she can take before confronting the trigger? Or is there something else that should be done.

I too am a vasovagal fainter. Fortunately my only trigger is venipunctures, and I distract myself during these by listening to music (during blood donations) and talking to the technician. I always tell them ahead of time that I'm a vasovagal fainter, and that distracting me will keep it from happening. They're always grateful and cooperative, because who wants a patient to keel over during a venipuncture?

My students do fingersticks on me to practice their blood-sugar skills, and I've keeled over more than once after a fingerstick. (It's good experience for the students, but not particularly for me!)

Of course, all the literature out there says to "avoid triggers", which in your girlfriend's situation isn't possible.

Would it be possible for your girlfriend to lie down during these trigger situations? Lying down during diagnostic tests and treatments (venipunctures, shots, swabs, etc.) should be manageable, as the technicians doing these tests should be used to vasovagal fainters.

Distraction is also very helpful. Some of the vasovagal response is literally in your head, and if she's expecting it, it will almost certainly happen. If you can be with her and talk to her, or make her talk to you, during the procedure, this may help. One healthcare student taught me to "wiggle your toes one at a time" to distract myself, and it works.

Remind your girlfriend not to hold her breath during these situations. This can bring on a vasovagal faint.

Your girlfriend may also be more susceptible to vasovagal fainting just before or during her period.

Vasovagal fainting can be treated with medication http://heartdisease.about.com/cs/arrhythmias/a/Syncope3_2.htm, but often the side effects of these drugs just isn't worth it.

I know this isn't especially helpful in terms of "what can we do?", but I hope it helps for both of you to know that there are others out there with this!  (+ info)

Memory loss after fainting with vasovagal syncope?

My girlfriend was diagnosed with vasovagal syncope a few years ago which means sometimes she will faint when her blood pressure rises too quickly and her brain doesn't get enough oxygen. Her doctor also warned that it's possible she may suffer from sudden memory loss when she comes to that will pass quickly. She has been under stress lately and has fainted at least once a week (used to be a few times a year) and each time she comes to, she has no idea where she is or who I am. It is starting to really scare me. She has been calling her doctor to make an appointment but can't seem to get in touch with his secretary. In the meantime I was wondering if anyone else has heard of this or even experienced it? She gets so scared every time because she forgets everything and I'm so worried one day she won't remember! HELP!

I was diagnosed with vasovagal a couple of years ago when I fainted. I've only fainted once from it, but I woke up feeling very confused at first and it felt like I had just woken up from a nap or something weird. Although, I fell smack on a concrete flloor, so I received a very hefty concussion. This could've had something to do with my confusion. How is your friend falling? Is she hitting her head when she faints? Tell her she needs to take DEEP breaths and relax so she will stop fainting and to not lock her knees, go too long without food, or stand up too quickly. In the meantime, if her doctor is not getting back to her, maybe she should see another doctor to get a second opinion? Good luck.  (+ info)

I suffer from the most common form of fainting (Vasovagal syncope) and I'm attending the NYPD Academy. Help?!

I suffer from the most common form of fainting Vasovagal syncope and I attend the NYPD academy. I've fainted once while standing at attention. I was out for a couple of seconds. Then the following day at attention I started feeling the same symptoms whenever I'm about to faint. Dizziness, ringing in the ears, light headedness. This time I set myself aside and drank some water, relaxed and in a couple of minutes I was back to normal. I visited my doctor. My EKG scan came out normal. She diagnosed me with this type of Syncope. She suggests not to lock my knees and try to twitch my leg muscles to try and keep blood circulation going. So I did that, and I don't think it's working. Is there any way, or a technique out there to stop this from happening? Has anyone gone trough this same problem?

I agree with your MD's recommendations & stay very well hydrated.
Tense your leg muscles, when not in situation do foot exercises,
wear compression socks you an get in pharmacy or medical supply store.

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My child was diagnosed with Vasovagal Syncope. Questions.?

My daughter (6) had a fainting spell this weekend after bumping her knee. The bump was enough to leave a bruise but it wasn't enough to cause her knee to hurt after the initial impact. Anyway, her doctor said she likely had a Vasovagal Syncope. Does anyone else out there have a child with this condition? I'm just wondering if this was an isolated incident for her and what conditions caused your child to faint and how often does your child do this. This knee bump really wasn't a big deal. She was climbing into the car and not running, etc. so I am a bit worried.
I think I should clarify. I know what Vasovagal Syncope is, I more or less just want to know if someone has stories to share. My daughter is quite active and is often at parties, friends house, etc. Thanks

I had a fainting spell and was told the same thing. My blood work showed dehydration, which could be the cause. They took MRI's which showed things unrelated to syncope, ruling out seizures and anything definitive with syncope. Be sure that your child is eating and drinking properly because low blood sugar can cause fainting spells.
I hope she doesn't have anymore of these, chances are though she may. Make sure her care takers, teachers, etc are aware of the condition and get second opinions. I have been referred to a neurologist.

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Vasovagal Syncope, causes/solutions?

My wife has been diagnosed with VVS. All tests, neurological and cardiovascular have been negative. The doctors say the only thing that can be done is to keep hydrated, increase salt content and wear compression stockings. I have learned that some patients get some relief taking anti-depressants, like Zoloft or Paxil. Anyone taking these drugs? Any other suggestions that will help to reduce liklihood of haveing an episode?

Arm tensing to help abort attacks. Avoid trigger events.

Your doctor may prescribe mineralocorticoids to increase salt retention

Inderal is sometimes used in treatment altho benefits are not clearly demonstrated in the scientific literature.  (+ info)

Vasovagal syncope in 14 year old boy?

I am a 14 year odl boy. 6 feet tall and 130 pounds. I have been suffering from dizzyness. It happens every day and I pass out. I have now gone to 4 doctors and a cardiologist. After an ECG, ECHO, treadmill test, and holter test, the doctors have all said I am not eating enough salt or water when in truth I eat ALOT of salt and nearly 14 glasses of water per day. they suspect that I have severe Vasogal syncope. I have alot of trouble controlling it. I am wondering what I can do to stop it and what should I be doing to try and control it.

see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vasovagal_response  (+ info)

vasovagal syncope syndrome?

From what I know about this, which is actually quite little, a person faints because of a trigger. This can be a single word like "blood". Does anyone have more info on the syndrom, or understand why a single word can be such a trigger. I believe this is something I have, as I've always struggles with fainting when "veins", arteries" or "blood vessels" are brought up in a conversation.

I have vasovagal syncope and what you are describing sound very similar to what I have experienced. Vasovagal syncope is actually quite common and half of people experience it at least once in there life time. It is not a serious or life threatening condition, but in effect an abnormal reflex. It results in a drop in blood pressure leading to decreased blood flow to the brain resulting in dizziness or fainting. If you haven't already make sure you talk to your doctor about your symptoms. He can then order a tilt table test which should be able to tell him a lot. Just a little bit of advice on tilt table testing, many medical personnel will tell you need to faint during the test in order for it to be positive and that is absolutely not true at all. Also, i know a website that might be able to help, it can be found at www.supportdysautonomia.org. The president of the organization has vasovagal syncope and I know she would be willing to talk to you. You can email her at nikole@supportdysautonomia.org. I really hope this helps you out! Good Luck!

God Bless,
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