Is it safe to fly with previous diagnosis of Tachycardia?
Hi...just wanted to know if anyone happens to know if it would be safe to fly knowing that I've had previous episodes of SVT? I'm pretty fearful of flying to get back home, because of my the traumatic feeling these episodes make me feel.
How long, how fast? I have times of atrial tachy (anywhere from 140-198 bpm) and I travel around. What does your doctor think? I don't take medication but if you do, then it sounds like you're set to go.
I had my first episode of SVT back in October of 2007. I am under no medications and at the time of the first episode, I bpm was high in the 230's. My second episode was up in the 130's. Now I feel palpitations every now and then, especially while trying to do light cleaning like how I used to. I can't even sweep my floors or vacuum without feeling lightheaded, dizzy, nausea, faintness, and palpitations. Which I'm afraid to fly on aircraft knowing that I might have an attack on air. Can you please help me? I need to get back home in 3 to 4 months, and I suffer anxiety because of these episodes and fear of flying with it.
The 130's are not bad, just the same as rushing around doing chores. The 230's will definitely make you feel like poop. With something that high the doctors usually prescribe something to use to control it. If your SVT is rare then I do believe there are meds you can keep on hand to use if you go into a bad episode. Some people refer to it as "a pill in the pocket." Not sure which medication it is, perhaps a beta blocker. This is something you should discuss with your doctor soon. Between the two of you, you should be able to come up with a plan so you can fly home this Spring.
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