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Thanks for your reply...were you diagnosed with PSVT... or just SVT or something?


I self diagnosed myself with PSVT. I had a medical book and my symptoms corresponded exactly to PSVT. I didn't seek medical treatment for twenty years. It only happened to me about once every two weeks or so, so I wasn't concerned about it. In my research, I found that it wasn't life threatening. Not being a doctor, or going to a doctor, was probably pretty stupid on my part, but , in between episodes of PSVT, it really didn't bother me that much.

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I wonder if not everyone who has this, experiences the panic attack during it. I went to google search and typed in PSVT and panic attacks..I couldn't believe all the articles on it. All of them said it's NOT life threatening.I drove myself to the ER during my episode.


I was a little worried about the PSVT at the beginning because I was afraid of passing out. After it started, it was fairly easy for me to stop the tachycardia, and get back to normal rhythm. I am not a good person to ask about panic attacks because I don't get them.

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What med. do you take for it? Was it happening all the time? They say the PVST stands for "paroxysmal supraventricle tachycardia"..which means, fast heart rate but not all the time.I find myself, always waiting and wondering when the next episode is going to happen and wonder "what it" it doesn't stop on it's own next time :(


My primary medicine for my PSVT is Lanoxin (digoxin).

My primary interest is finding what irritates my heart to cause the PSVT. After living with it, and with complications caused by it, for over thirty years, I have found many combinations of things that cause my heart to start beating badly, like high pollution or pollen levels in the air, certain types of clothes that I wear, dust, certain inks on documents, certain chemicals, car exhausts, alcohol, smoke, certain foods, etc.

If I avoid the various irritants to my heart, which isn't easy, my heart beats pretty good.

If I was starting all over again, and I knew what I know now, I would avoid medicines and just try to find what irritates my heart the most. In my youth, if I had realized what was irritating my heart and causing it to go into PSVT, I could have avoided it happening most of the time. But, I didn't know.

I was surprised to read your note. It was the first note that described what I had experienced.

If they can't find out what is causing your heart to go nuts, then you might have a similar problem as I had, and you need to find out what irritants are causing your heart to go nuts.

Regards, and best of health to you.
Quote from beerzoids:
I self diagnosed myself with PSVT. I had a medical book and my symptoms corresponded exactly to PSVT. I didn't seek medical treatment for twenty years. It only happened to me about once every two weeks or so, so I wasn't concerned about it. In my research, I found that it wasn't life threatening. Not being a doctor, or going to a doctor, was probably pretty stupid on my part, but , in between episodes of PSVT, it really didn't bother me that much.



I was a little worried about the PSVT at the beginning because I was afraid of passing out. After it started, it was fairly easy for me to stop the tachycardia, and get back to normal rhythm. I am not a good person to ask about panic attacks because I don't get them.



My primary medicine for my PSVT is Lanoxin (digoxin).

My primary interest is finding what irritates my heart to cause the PSVT. After living with it, and with complications caused by it, for over thirty years, I have found many combinations of things that cause my heart to start beating badly, like high pollution or pollen levels in the air, certain types of clothes that I wear, dust, certain inks on documents, certain chemicals, car exhausts, alcohol, smoke, certain foods, etc.

If I avoid the various irritants to my heart, which isn't easy, my heart beats pretty good.

If I was starting all over again, and I knew what I know now, I would avoid medicines and just try to find what irritates my heart the most. In my youth, if I had realized what was irritating my heart and causing it to go into PSVT, I could have avoided it happening most of the time. But, I didn't know.

I was surprised to read your note. It was the first note that described what I had experienced.

If they can't find out what is causing your heart to go nuts, then you might have a similar problem as I had, and you need to find out what irritants are causing your heart to go nuts.

Regards, and best of health to you.



I guess I'm trying to self giagnose myself also. I have read some many articles on Psvt..because it starts and ends abrutly..just like what happened to me..I figure that is what I have. BUT....on another message board site..the people were telling me it sounds like A-fib too.

I don't know what would make this start happening all of a sudden. I don't have allergies, I don't drink but I do smoke. But I have always smoked, so I can't see where that would be the reason for it. I have had skipped beats, flutters, thuds etc..for over 10 years now..everyday of my life! I was told they were all benign. Just stress.

Did your heart flutter, skip etc..before you had your first PSVT episode? I told my family dr. about what happened and all he said was "the cardio. said my tests were all perfectly normal". If only I had the monitor on when it happened.My dr. then prescribed atenolol, 25mg. he said here,take one a day and it will make your heart go at an even pace and not tach. Well..I never got the med. filled. I have read where it can actually make skips, flutters etc.. worse.

There has to be a reason for what happened. I just can't seem to find an answer.
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I guess I'm trying to self diagnose myself also. I have read some many articles on Psvt..because it starts and ends abrutly..just like what happened to me..I figure that is what I have. BUT....on another message board site..the people were telling me it sounds like A-fib too.


Without a doubt you have some type of tachycardia. But, the bottom line, is that you have heart rhythm problems. There are many different ways an irritated heart will misfire. The most important factor is finding out what is irritating the heart and staying away from the irritant. Otherwise you might have to go on medicine, and some of the side effects from heart meds can be almost disabling.

My heart goes nuts around cigarette smoke. I absolutely try to stay miles away from it, because just a little contact could kill me. But, my heart disease is a lot more advanced than yours.

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I don't know what would make this start happening all of a sudden. I don't have allergies, I don't drink but I do smoke. But I have always smoked, so I can't see where that would be the reason for it. I have had skipped beats, flutters, thuds etc..for over 10 years now..everyday of my life! I was told they were all benign. Just stress.


I love our medical system. If the doctors can't figure out what is causing the problem, they blame it on the patient, and then they can collect their fat fees. It is all too easy to tell a patient that it is stress that is causing the patient's problems. But, if you think about all the different bumps, jumps, skipped beats, fast beats, etc. that your heart does, you can't possibly be stressed ALL the time!

I am not saying that stress can not be harmful, but it is just one of many things that can cause problems. It's an easy diagnosis for doctors. They still look professional, but they haven't really done a damn thing for the patient. Telling a patient that the entire cause of their misery is stress, is just an admission by the doctor that they do not have a clue about the actual cause.

Also, there are many things that can cause someone to be more sensitive to things that they were not previously sensitive to. You might have had a cold. Viruses can really screw up a person's immune system. The air pollution or pollens in your neighborhood could be worse this year. I could go on and on about the different changes to someone's environment that could cause someone to all of a sudden become more sensitive, and thusly their heart starts to jump around more than normal.

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Did your heart flutter, skip etc..before you had your first PSVT episode?


No. It just came on all of a sudden.

Quote from NYPinkBlazer:
I told my family dr. about what happened and all he said was "the cardio. said my tests were all perfectly normal". If only I had the monitor on when it happened.My dr. then prescribed atenolol, 25mg. he said here,take one a day and it will make your heart go at an even pace and not tach. Well..I never got the med. filled. I have read where it can actually make skips, flutters etc.. worse.

There has to be a reason for what happened. I just can't seem to find an answer.


If my PSVT hadn't gotten worse, I would still be without taking meds for it. I didn't get any chest pains from it. I could stop it fairly fast by my deep breathing exercise. And..... it just didn't seem to bother me too much.

After twenty years of having PSVT, and after a cold, it came on, and didn't leave. My heart pounded around 160 beats per minute, and I let it go for about 8 months. It never slowed down. Because my heart was not allowed to rest for eight straight months, it caused me to have heart failure, which is a nasty name for a much weakened heart.

I am on Lanoxin. Without it I would be dead.

This should not cause you to panic at all. Remember, I let my heart beat strongly at 160 bpm for eight straight months, day and night, before I wound up with heart failure. Thusly, you are reading the post of someone who made a very stupid decision. Kinda builds your confidence in my opinion, huh? :eek:

In order to get a feeling for what is causing your heart to misfire, you could keep a log. You are not going to want to do this, but here is my suggestion anyway. Get a stethoscope. Get very familar with your heartbeat. Find out what periods of time your heart seems to beat the most normal. Start recording when you heart starts misfiring, or getting worse. Also, on that log, start recording your activities, what you ate, when you smoked, what you wore, what you were doing right before your heart started to flutter or skip, etc. Also pay attention to what happens when you go outside. If you go out to get the mail, first listen to your heart. If, after coming back inside, your heart starts to misfire, you will know that it is a high pollen or high pollution time outside.

You will find out, by keeping a log, that there are times when your heart seems to beat better and there are times that is starts to beat worse. You should be able to start linking certain events or happenings with what irritates your heart. Most of all, you would get some pretty interesting surprises. You would scratch your head and say to yourself, "No, it can't possibly be that, which is causing my heart to misfire!"

To be fair to heart doctors, they could not possibly really know what is causing someone's heart to misfire. What is an injustice is the fact that they don't help or advise the patient to find out on their own.

Of course you are not going to quit smoking, but it could be the number one cause of your heart rhythm problems.

Regards, and best of luck in getting that heart of yours to behave itself.