Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

Does anyone have any experience with an SVT .. Supraventricular Tachycardia?

I have one and after many tests the doc determined it was too much coffee and decongestants. I cut that out and it all but disappeared. Now it is back and although I now take some propanolol for it, it still worries me.

Any thoughts? Please...none that will freak me out

Answer Question

Asked by WendyMomOf4 at 8:42 PM on Dec. 22, 2009 in Health

Level 1 (3 Credits)
Answers (3)
  • I have already went to a cardiologist. It started with a holter, then an echo and then a stress test. Nothing was wrong. He suggested first trying to cut out caffeine and sudafed. I did and it went away. I have been working almost non-stop for the past month and it is starting to bother me again. I have propanolol for it and began taking it almost a week ago. It helped at first but I wonder if maybe the lack of sleep is giving it a boost.

    Answer by WendyMomOf4 at 9:31 PM on Dec. 22, 2009

  • Fatigue can definitely aggrivate it but talk to your cardiologist again. I had SVT and went to the emergency room for it because I didn't know what I had (my heart was palpitating and I was passing out). They saw it on the EKGs and ran echos and montiors over night. The next morning a specialist came in, took me to the OR and did a cardiac ablation. They burnt out the section of wiring in my heart that caused the SVT. I haven't had one episode of it since (its been a year). I would try getting more sleep though. Stress and fatigue are probably what is causing it, but it is always best to check with the doctor.

    Answer by Greenesa08 at 10:58 PM on Dec. 22, 2009

  • Thanks for the great replies. I have heard of the cardiac ablation but my symptoms are very mild and only an occasional irritant. If I had more symptoms, by all means I would consider further action. I am glad to know I am not alone.

    Have either of you been told your SVT could turn into something more serious and kill you? I have not read anything like this and what I have read only suggests that people with weak hearts and significant problems would have greater risks.


    Answer by WendyMomOf4 at 6:29 PM on Dec. 23, 2009

Join CafeMom now to contribute your answer and become part of our community. It's free and takes just a minute.