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Old 07-29-12, 07:50 PM   #1
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Anyone dealing with "Supraventricular Tachycardia"?

This last Wednesday my heart decided to see how fast it could go...by the time I decided to go to the ER my pulse was 227. The Doc gave me some medicine that momentarily stopped my heart so that it would behave. I was told to give up coffee (bummer)...Anybody else dealing wit this, and do you have any advice to pass on?


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Old 07-29-12, 08:13 PM   #2
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is caffeine the main reason you get it or is it a variety of factors?
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Yup. I was running away to 200+ rhythms for brief periods mostly less than a couple of hours. Meds did little to correct this. I had an ablation procedure done about 5 years ago after which there was some recurrence. After the procedure, however, medication is controlling the condition. I've had no problems and exercise (ride) with no restriction or reservation.

I was also told to avoid caffeine and chocolate before the ablation, but now have no restrictions.
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I had to give up coffee due to premature ventricular contractions (extra beats called "PVC's") that started in my late 30's (about 20 years ago). They come and go depending on diet and exercize. I finally decided enough was enough and started cycling nearly 3 years ago and I've got them under control. They've only appeared once while riding. My max HR is about 172-174 (I'm 57) and when pounding up those 6%-12% grades...I think about catching my training partner.. I got my weight sub-Clyde (~(190) with 174 as my target.

My suggestion: Straight talk with your cardiologist. Breath control for relaxation or yoga (very good), meds as necessary. Limit caffeine, salt, eat smaller meals, exercise as much as the doc allows, get thin, stay hydrated, learn to control anxiety, learn to re-set your heart beat by drinking cold water, then bending over and forcefully compressing your chest with chest muscles (a bear down grunt). Anxiety was huge for me.

Set some goals. I decided to ride the STP (back to back century) and cried like a baby after I finished because I was so unsure if my body could take it. Those small victories (or big) instill confidence which controls anxiety (and adrenalin). I did not respond well to Toprol XL (beta blockers) when I first was hit with repeat PVC's about 7-8 years ago. Take a daily aspirin. My favorite emergency room doc said...."what I have won't kill you, it'll just scare you to death", then, "I want to see you really sweat". Well, there I am. I wish you confidence and progress. It took me the three years and thousands of cycling miles.
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I have issues with idiopathic persistent atrial fibrillation. I have arrhythmia attacks and tachycardia issues from time to time, myself. RHR of 200 when it happens.
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Really appreciate the responses! This actually has happened twice before, spread out over three years. The first time I was tops to "bear down", and that stopped it, bearing down also worked the second time a year or so ago. This last time, it didn't work...I'm going to see the Doc this week to talk about the future. I do know that I love coffee and drink a lot of it, and the three episodes all happened while at work?

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I do know that I love coffee and drink a lot of it, and the three episodes all happened while at work?
I used to finish off a full pot of coffee in my first 3 hours at work on the computer. At the time I couldn't imagine me drinking tea, but it turned out I had to give up coffee. It didn't take long before I was drinking tea, and didn't even feel like going back to coffee.

It was part of a large swing in my food habits, but it wasn't hard to do at all. That surprised me.
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My mother had some form of tachycardia. The first time it hit her, her heart nearly beat itself to death against her rib cage. They eventually had to sever the nerve that was sending the bad signals to her heart.

I was having problems with my heart beating hard or fast for no apparent reason, but I'm fairly certain it was a combination of lack of exercise the OTC antihistamine/decongestant I was taking. Haven't had a problem, since I started riding bike again.
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I have the opposite where my heart skips a lot of beats. It's pretty scary, but so far nothing to worry about it. Hope it gets better for you!
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