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Wwhite, June 6,  2021  4:59pm EST

Newly diagnosed SVT, now having more symptoms


I am a 36yr old female. I was diagnosed with SVT May of last year. I've been on Metroprolol to help control it. I have limited my caffeine and tried to avoid triggers like stress. 

It started about 9 months after having my daughter. I was having random moments of my heart racing and sometimes it would resolve after a few minutes and then sometimes it would last hours. I had numerous ER trips and they all said it was panic attacks. When I finally saw a cardiologis, he did a 14 monitor and then I was sent to see a EP. I have been doing much better since and was having very few episodes. 

Within the past week, I have been having several palpitations in a row. It continues all day long. I was getting concerned because the palpitations weren't feeling like ones I've had in the past. They feel like missed beats without the thud after. And they also feel like a muscle twitch, like you would get on your eye. 

I went to the ER and they didn't mention seeing any PAC's or PVC's. Said that all blood work looked good. They say its anxiety.

I woke up this morning at 5am with a missed heartbeat feeling and then my skin got really hot. My heart rate got as high as 180. I did the maneuvers that the ER told me to do to try to get it to stop but it didn't work. At best it got it down to 130 and stayed there. I was shaking really bad and finally my husband took me to the ER. I was shaking so bad they said it looks like a seizure. Then 30 minutes later it just suddenly stopped. They did blood work and xray. Everything looked good except my potassium was low.

Ok so here's my concern, I'm afraid that these palpitations are more like an Afib issue. So I'm trying to reassure myself that if it was afib then the ER would have seen it. Plus when this happens it will check my pulse to see if its staying regular, which it does except for the numerous palpitations that interrupt it.

Is it easy to feel Afib when you check our pulse? What helps you decide you're in Afib and not SVT?

I will be calling the EP tomorrow as well.


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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, June 6,  2021  9:19pm EST


    Thank you for joining the support network and sharing your story. I'm sorry that you're feeling afraid and I hope that your EP will be able to provide you with some answers on the palpitations. As you wait to hear from others, I can share this page on SVT. Please keep us updated on how you're doing!


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  • Raindrop32
    Raindrop32, June 10,  2021  1:54am EST

    Having new symptoms is definitely concerning. It's good that you are contacting your doctor because the best way to tell the difference between different types of arrhythmia is to use a monitor of some sort. The EP might do another Holter monitor you take home, maybe even an echocardiogram. I hope that you can get some answers. It can be hard to distinguish problems based on symptoms alone because they can overlap so much. 

    In the meantime, I hope you can get some proper sleep (easier said than done with a young child). 

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