Patient Comments: PSVT - Experience

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Comment from: Kitten, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

I have had trouble with irregular rhythm for last 10 years. It has gradually increased to the point that I am having irregular rhythm, shortness of breath, chest pressure, weakness, and passing out. I get an icy cold feeling across my back when it starts. I have had a 2 week Holter monitor that showed PSVT (paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia). I am scheduled for an ablation in a few weeks.

Comment from: Ivon, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 21

Last Sunday I had a paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) attack that lasted for more than 2 hours. I was doing some exercises, when it started. Before that, it would last not more than 15 minutes. I have been reporting to my physician last 3 years about palpitations and rapid heartbeat, and was diagnosed for panic and anxiety attacks. I got lorazepam prescribed. So whenever I had an episode, I would take a lorazepam. But this time, I almost passed out, lay down, and didn't get a chance to get the medicines. I called 911, the police and the ambulance came. My heartbeat was 165, and in the ambulance I got adenosine through IV. I thought I had a heart attack. Only at the emergency room, I heard the diagnosis of PSVT. I will see the cardiologist next week. But this whole week I have felt fatigued, still have a few episodes of rapid heartbeat; then after taking a 0.5 mg lorazepam, I feel calmer. I have stopped drinking coffee. I am anxious to hear what the cardiologist will say.

Comment from: hillarpa, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 18

I had chest pressure and went to the emergency department, where they noted arrhythmias. Later I wore monitor for 3 weeks, on 2 different occasions. I had frequent episodes paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT), sometimes several a day, sometimes none, almost all 1 minute, but associated with some mild shortness of breath, chest pressure, or neck pressure/pounding. So far, easy to end with Valsalva. Apple watch confirms that my heart rate is fast when I'm having these symptoms, as did the monitoring. I also had 3 fainting/syncopal spells, which electrophysiologist/cardiologist thinks were unrelated to PSVT, but it was rather scary to faint. Heart rate is low as baseline 48 to 55, so they were reluctant to try beta blockers, but I was on metoprolol (led to some weight gain and edema), and now nebivolol, which is better, and helps both my hypertension and seems maybe to have reduced episodes of PSVT. Overall, I wonder if I'm being too sensitive to my mild symptoms, and would be better off ignoring the brief episodes, which I am trying to do, helped by meditation, and relaxation efforts.

Comment from: LA, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I have had PSVT (paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia) since I was 30 and now am 67, I have had more frequent episodes of PSVT the past several years. I feel that caffeine has been the cause of some episodes. I have since reduced my caffeine intake to 1 regular coffee and 1 decaf a day. Still I am having episodes on average once every 10 days or 3 or 4 times a month. They can last from a minute to 30 minutes. But if I don't stop my activity (golf) it will continue and the symptoms get worse. I ended up in hospital for 5 days with many tests including an angiogram which showed no heart damage. Unfortunately, they diagnosed me as having a heart attack and of course my travel insurance is not affected. My heart enzymes were elevated, I assume this is why they labelled me as a heart attack patient. I now stop what I am doing and try to totally relax and it seems to return to normal more quickly. My episodes can happen while sleeping, driving, in peaceful environment like church or when golfing.

Comment from: chargergirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 31

I first showed signs of paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT) in my mid-20s. It is terrifying but I am told it will not kill me. Not relaxing to know. It is a choice of medication and caffeine avoidance or getting an ablation which may or may not fix the problem or it could also have you end up with a pacemaker. Right now I take a beta blocker every day and have for 20 years. I still get PSVT. In fact I went to the emergency room (ER) last night for a shot of adenosine because after an hour I couldn't get the cycle to break. Costly situation. My mother has it as well and she's 75. She calms me by saying if it was going to kill me I'd been dead a long time ago.

Comment from: fantan, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

When I have PSVT (paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia) lying down flat is usually enough to convert my heart rate to normal rhythm. This maneuver exerts a moderate pressure on the carotid reflex.

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