Thank you for this wonderful, insightful website, and thank you for taking your time to answer our questions.
I am a 41 year old female, 5'3", 125 lbs., in good overall health. I eat very healthily, but I don't get much exercise other than everyday running around! I was recently told by a cardiologist that I have what he believes to be AV Nodal Re-entrant Tachycardia. In reading the posts in this forum, I believe that this would be classified 'supraventricular tachycardia', the least, if at all, dangerous of the classifications. Am I interpreting this correctly? (sure hope so!) Is it caused by an 'electrical glitch' -- one that just 'takes over the heart' every once in a while? If so, is there anything that one can do in the middle of an episode to abort it? Can AVNRT be specifically stress induced? I had two episodes (my first 2 ever -- they just began 4 months ago) where I went to ER because I thought I was having a heart attack. (they are VERY SCARY!!) All bloodwork and ekg's came back normal. First time in ER, I was given maalox (it MOST DEFINITELY WAS NOT GAS!!) and told to go home (I made them do bloodwork anyway!), and second time the doctor mentioned svt's or pat's. I later went to the cardio dr. who told me about the AVNRT. He put me on the extended memory device, but I didn't have an episode during those 30 days. I am beginning to think that perhaps mine are hormonal related. I understand that perimenopause can set in many years (10 or so) before menopause actually begins, and that palpitations can be a common sign of this. I have been trying to keep track of when these episodes occur, and they seem to be around my ovulation time and then again around my period. My last episode was the night before my period.
Any input you (or anyone!) may have would be greatly appreciated. I think my biggest concern is to really be sure that AVNRT is not life threatening!!! Thank you so much for your time!
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