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Heart Rate Drops, near fainting
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Heart Rate Drops, near fainting

I took my Husband to the Hospital for chest tightness (not pain) and near fainting. This has happened several times over the past several years. The Doctors say His heart is fine, they perform stress tests and this past Monday they did a  Heart cathador test. During recovery, He had, what I call the near fainting spell, 5 hours after the percedure. When he has these spells, his color drains, he becomes claming and faint, he has actually completedly passed out on me two years ago, During this time (at the hospital)  his heart rate droped to 22 and his blood pressure dropped really low. The Cardilogist says he is fine. I was glad he had a spell at the hospital so they were able to monitor him and see what we have been saying. Yet we have no answer to what is causing this. Can acid reflex be doing this to him? At his hospital stay he was given meds for acid reflex, he seldom has heartburn. We need to find out what is causing these spells. He is  a healthy 59 yr old male, 6 foot, 218 pounds. Thanks, Julie
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Your husband likely has neurocardiogenic syncope also called vasovagal syncope.  It occurs in response to a stressful or painful situation and there is over-stimulation of the vagus nerve which causes a low BP and heart rate.  Talk to the doctor about this .
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