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Help needed for Swimmer with VassoDepressor Syncope
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Help needed for Swimmer with VassoDepressor Syncope

My daughter swims in college and has vassodepressor syncope.  Since starting college, she has been practicing twice as much as she did in high school and her vasso episodes have been more evident.  

How can she strengthen her cardiovascular system to withstand this amount of stress?  Would more lifting help?  Would a hydrating medicine help?  She drinks water and has a high salt diet and has been successful with this - but it isnot as successfull anymore.  

She currently takes thophyllen and Steroid to retain water...  Any ideas on how to get this under control?  She is on full scholarship for swimming and doesn't want to give up her education.  Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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In general hydrating with fluids like Gatorade (electrolyte solutions) are helpful as well as florinef and it sounds like she has been on these.  Midodrine might also help control the symptoms.  The mainstay is hydration, hydration ,hydration.  Probably the reason the episodes are now more frequent now  is increased training with subsequent  relative dehydration.
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