SVT & PFO / hard vein

Help you
Did any of this help you? - 0.0%
Was this informative? - 100.0%

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

New Member

Date Joined Jan 2011
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 1/17/2011 1:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Just looking for someone that might be going through some of the same things I am. I'm 32 yr old female. I have in the last year been having symptoms of heat, turning red devil not like that but physically red. Had urges to have bowel moments & urinate on myself the most scary part of it all is I had the feeling of my heart going some outrageous rate. But I knew it was not right. I felt like just falling over passing out and I was not going to wake up. It was scary. This happened to me in that last year about 8-9 times.

When I finally got to the ER they said I may be getting a cold that causes some palpitations, heat, maybe cause of dehydration. I knew I had felt perfectly fine prior to these symptoms. No weakness, dizziness, fatigue.

I already knew I had a PFO as I had a stroke a few years ago, after being put on birth control. Now that was also SCARY don’t take birth control unless you have major reasons that you must. Thank goodness I had no effect that continues to linger. Must be because I was young, not sure but glad none the less.

While recienlty I have been seeing more of my heart specialist as I keep having these episodes. I was using an event monitor but nothing happened while I had that on, just my luck. Sound familiar? I had decided after almost a year of the unknown of why this kept happening I just figured having the whole closed will be one less possible cause, so I decided to do it.

While I was under Anastasia but awake having the instruments in my vein, I had an attack like so many others. Yet this time I was being recorded by the cardiologist. My heart went from like 74 to 220 and kept rising. I was given medication to stop the heart but it really just stops it for like a second or two. It was very scary. I felt stuck in concrete. I was screaming at the doctor to help me, he had the look of fright on his face too. Then they all started reacting to the situation, they stopped the operation, more medication to stop the sedation. I was rolled back to my room.

I was crying when I got in there where my mom was waiting. This was very uncomforting to see as the first thing she sees has no idea what just happened. They say real quick that they are going to review the information and will be in a few minutes to talk to me. I think briefly explained to my mom what happened.

Then my doctor comes in and explains that what just happened was called Super ventricular Tachycardia, svt , which is when the heart has like an electrical problem out of nowhere. This is what I had been having happened to me for the last year. Not any stomach flu or cold. It was just never caught, except this one time. Even the doctor was not expecting that one.

So I never got the PFO closed yet. I did go get the SVT, my electrical problem ablated or burnt. I was told it may return or grow back as I am very young to have this problem. But have had no attacks, I have had some uncomfortable moments as of my heart is having some difficulty keeping a normal rhythm but it only last few minutes then I'm ok.

I had my first surgery on a Wednesday 1/05/11 then the second on 01/11/11 both times I didn’t go to work for 2 days feeling like crap for the whole time. As many others I have to work due to the time off amounts it is hard to keep my job as a mother. As of today I have had my operation some 5 days ago. Not felling the best but work full time & in my last semester before graduation from college, then I have only my extern ship. I have many obstacles in life and I don t give in easy.

I have been concerned about my catheter entrance sites I have 3 one on each side of my groin & one in my neck. Not too bad though. I do have one on the right groin that is very hard, they at this stage are tender but not unexpected. The main concern is the hardness. I looked up and it says that it can be a blockage. I don't know but hope to get a hold of my doctor or someone tomorrow as I have the Martin Luther King Jar day off. I hope thing are ok. I have not had any temperatures or anything. But it concerns me to be so hard on myself that was almost like a joke. Funny j/k

Anyways I hope that this might be of some help, hope or inspiration.

I still have to get the PFO closed but I’m going to wait a while to feel a little better. I wish this was all a fast fix but after reading a few of your postings I have made my mind that I will have to play with the hand that is dealt. I hope that all of these things make at least a minute change for the better.

I have 4 kids’ ages from 15 years almost to 19 months old; I have many things in life to get better for. Don't give up or give in, good luck & GOD BLESS. Sorry for the grammar and spelling mistakes, was trying to hurry

Forum Moderator

Date Joined Feb 2009
Total Posts : 7188
   Posted 1/24/2011 9:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Sario,
Welcome to Healing Well! Thank you for sharing your experience with others here. The things you have learned and shared will surely help others who come here for information and support.

I hope you continue to post on this forum, and share information and support with others who come seeking someone who has had an experience similar to yours.

I hope you feel better very soon. There's no doubt you're very busy with your young family! Best wishes with any further procedures you will have.

Take care,

heathers mom
New Member

Date Joined Jan 2012
Total Posts : 1
   Posted 1/25/2012 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
My 23 yo daughter 2 years ago lost consciousness and had a seizure like episode. She was diagnosed with SVT, and put on beta blockers (medicine).So while we were in process of test for SVT she had changed her contraceptive from shot to pills. Within 2 months she had a stroke. Lukily she fully recovered. So then we found out she has a PFO. So now we are going to USC they have offered to do PFO closure, but my concern is, what about the SVT? I was told that PFO does not cause SVT. Im afraid that if she goes for PFO closure that something will go wrong. So our next step is EP study to see if something can be done about SVT.In the mean time she is on coumadin to prvent strokes but this puts her at risk for other problems.

Elite Member

Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 1/26/2012 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
The danger of a PFO is TIA or Stroke. A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is when blood flow to a part of the brain stops for a brief period of time.
SVT is caused by something that disrupts the normal electrical impulses that control the rhythm of your heart's pumping action.
I do not know if SVT is a common occurence in people with PFOs so I do not have much to share with you.  I do understand your concerns as a Mother.  Please do talk with your daughter's  cardiologist and ask all of your questions with your daughter presnet of course.  Make a list of your quesitons and if you do not understand the answers ask the Dr. to repeat the answer in layman's terms.
I wish you a warm welcome to HealingWell.
Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
GERD/Heartburn and Heart/Cardiovascular Disease.

"only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be"
New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Friday, September 21, 2018 12:48 AM (GMT -6)
There are a total of 3,005,343 posts in 329,219 threads.
View Active Threads

Who's Online
This forum has 161772 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, MaryAnderson.
248 Guest(s), 1 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details