Posted by Kathy on May 05, 1999 at 17:40:28
In a desperate attempt to find out what caused a 2-hr episode of irregular beats and a fainting episode, I am searching the net for any information I could find.
I found an article of a woman who was taking Clindamycin orally which affected her Q wave (?) and caused her to go into ventricular tachycardia. I realized that I was using Cleocin topical lotion at the time my heart went crazy. Could there be a connection?
Also, what does a person do, after living with irregular beats for 10+ years (and used to them), but suddenly has a 2-hour episode of CONTINUOUS totally irregular beats and falls to the ground with smelling salts shoved in her face.
I've had an EKG, echocardiogram, and event monitor (no runs of irregular beats the entire month, only single PVCs)
I'm paranoid of this happening again, or worse yet, dropping over suddenly.
What is my next step after these tests revealed nothing?
Posted by CCF CARDIO MD-APS on May 07, 1999 at 11:19:09
First and foremost, make an appointment with an electrophysiologist (this is a cardiologist who specializes in heart rhythm abnormalities.) Fainting is an indication to get an EP study. PVCs and PACs DO NOT CAUSE FAINTING AND RAREL;Y IF EVER ARE CONTINUOUS FOR 2 HOURS. If in the time you are waiting for your appointment, you experience these palpitations again, by all means go the emergency room or call 911.
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