Please see a cardiologist, preferably an EP. I have had svt but not frequent. There are some folks on here that had it frequently and they appear to be doing fantastic after an ablation. I am sure at some point today they will come on and respond to you. Hang in there, but you definately need an EP. Tell your gp you insist on one.
How do these SVT episodes manifest themselves? Do they come on and leave gradually, or so they begin and end abruptly?
By the way, I have a friend who gets supraventricular tachycardia with each of her three pregnancies which vanishes after delivery never to appear again.
Beta Blockers, and pregancy..... If BB's were ok to use, I would think there'd be a lot fewer women complaining of high blood pressure during their pregnancy. I suspect they are contraindicated except in rare cases Regardless, I found the BB's I tried to be ineffective in dealing with SVT.
I've had PSVT and ectopics all my life and went through 3 pregnancies without problem. Did my PSVT episodes increase? Yes, a bit but nothing I couldn't handle. The hormones can cause changes in the arrhythmias. If you haven't seen a cardiologist yet, I'd recommend it. S/he can do an echo of the heart, make sure it's in good shape physically, no valve problems and such. If your heart is in good condition, then the arrhythmias are electrical glitches. The cardio can manage those for you to make your life less disrupted by the events. I'm not sure which medications are safe to use during pregnancy. I didn't use any. A pharmacist and your doctor can sort that out.
My personal rule of thumb is: as long as I don't pass out, I'm fine. LOL But that's easy for me to say since I've had a jumpy heart all my life.
Thanks everyone! Sorry about a huge delay in my response. I had a really bad couple of weeks there with my heart and just couldn't think about it.
Just went and saw the cardiologist today. I had an echo and all is fine. He looked at my holter monitor results and said the main prob is sinus tachy and short episode of SVT. They only last 1 minute. They may be exercised induced so i will be having a stress test in a month's time. In the meantime i've been told to take Isoptin a calcium channel blocker...anyone else been on this? Apparently it's the safest option during pregnancy if i was to fall pregnant.
Thanks Ireneo for your rule of thumb! Funnily enough it's what the cardiologist said, "If you don't pass out then it's ok." Guess i just have to chill out a little when the SVT or tachy occurs!
I had svt from the time I was about 12 years old, but it got dramatically worse each time I was pregnant, so I know what you are going through and how concerned you are about getting pregnant again. I must confess I was rather foolish in those days and only discussed my concerns with my gp and obstetrician and did not see a cardiologist. However, after my last pregnancy the episodes continued to be bad and I finally saw a cardiologist. He put me on verapamil, which I think is the same thing as isoptin, and it worked to keep the episodes shorter and lighter for many years. I had no side effects from the verapamil. However, as years went by I think my body adjusted to the medication and the episodes started getting worse again. I finally opted for an ablation just last year. Just my personal opinion, but that was the best decision I could have made! I was scared to death to do it, but it was a simple procedure and best of all it worked! Good luck to you! I know the doctors say that svt is not serious and won't kill you, which is certainly reassuring, but it still does scare you to death when it is happening and has a huge impact on your daily life!
Glad you were able to get the tests done and get information. A tachy burst of a minute or so isn't fun, kind of slows you down for a moment. Did the doctor mention the valsalva maneuver to break the tachy rhythm? I used that for years, still use it occasionally. When your heart starts racing for no particular reason, take a breath, hold it and bear down as if you were going to the bathroom. Hold it for about 10 seconds (you may feel your heart bebop around in your chest in protest), then release your breath slowly. Most of the time the heart will drop back to a normal, slower rhythm. It's better to use that within the first minute than possibly have the heart in tachy mode for 15 minutes or more.
Many people use Verapamil and find it helps a lot. I couldn't use it, had way too many side effects but I have used Diltiazem, another calcium channel blocker, and it worked just fine. I hope you feel some improvement soon.
I was given isoptin for SVT during pregnancy as it was regarded as very safe..Unfortunately for me I had a reaction to it and immediately got an itchy rash all over and was told never to take calcium blockers again..eventually I ended up on beta blockers but couldn't do much because I still had SVT episodes every day that were exhausting..You are doing the right thing by seeking professional advice but it is more reassuring to consult with a cardiologist who specialises in EP..Hope this has helped.:)
Hi , if you have another episode of svt, stand on your head.It stops it in a few seconds. donna