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Do you ever feel like you know exactly how you're going to die?

You will be sitting at your desk or doing some other mundane task... perhaps even laughing while talking to somebody else.  Suddenly, you will feel that familiar flutter in your chest.  You will say "here we go again" expecting it to stop, because you've experienced the same thing thousands of times before.  But.. after a few seconds you will notice that it did not stop.  It will continue and panic will set in.  You will grab your chest or check your pulse and find there's barely anything there.  You will get dizzy, disoriented and the world will become surreal and you will feel almost as if you are outside of your own body.  You will make a last ditch effort to call out for help, perhaps you will try to get up to escape your current situation... and then... DARKNESS.



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I had one incident in my 54 years of dealing with SVT that scared the daylights out of me.  I don't know if it was associated with my SVT or not, But in the 8 years following my electrophysiology study, I have never experienced it again.  I had what I believe was a Sinus Pause.  It felt like the pause was forever, when it was probably a few seconds.  But I remember the strange stillness, and then the onset of dizziness before normal rhythm resumed.  There was no pain associated with the pause, just this strange stillness within me.  The event really shook me up probably because I thought I could have croaked at the office without seeing my wife again.  Of course all of my SVT events, perhaps in the thousands, were all anxiety provoking, but this one event sticks out more than any of them.
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Oh wow, I didn't even know that existed.  Sounds really interesting.  How old were you when this happened?
How long were your SVT events?  Did you ever experience really short bursts similar to NSVT (3-4 beats)?  
I was about 55 at the time.
My SVT events would run on without my intervention.  My longest one was over 24 hours, and was my first event at years of age.  I learned how to slow them while I was hospitalized, so subsequent events were usually no longer than a couple hours in durations.  As I aged, events that occurred at rest became more frequent than when under high respiratory output.  These were usually easy to  terminate.  I never had one spontaneously convert to NSR on its own.  It always required intervention.  The electrophysiologist told me that the path was very wide and supported a solid conduction path.
Since my ablation in 2010, I do experience occasional short runs of something.  It could be NSVT or SVT, I don't really know.  The pathway remains of course.  It only has been broken by a thin series of burns which form a barrier for conduction.  These spontaneously end on their own.  I also think I'm beginning to experience short episodes of Afib.  This is only a guess, but sonething is going on which feels like SVT, but is slower, and lighter than what I formerly felt.  These last anywhere from 5 to 15 seconds before terminating.  I'm nearing 68 now...
I left out that I was 6 years of age at the time of my first SVT event.
Interesting, so the documented SVT episodes you experienced were all measured in minutes or hours, not seconds.  Just more indication that I am experiencing NSVT, since mine are 2-4 beats.    
I think every source I've seen so far online and in the medical books I was able to get my hands on state that short runs are ventricular.  I think there is a physical reason why this is the case, i.e. why atrial beats do not occur in couplets or triplets, but I'm not exactly sure how to explain it.  Anyway, stay well my friend.    
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