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Should I be on meds?

By Anonymous May 12, 2010 - 10:34am
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I was diagnosed with SVT after wearing a 48 hour Holter Monitor. My primary Dr. put me on verapamil to slow down the palpitations until I see the cardiologist in three weeks. Should I be taking it before I know what type of SVT I have?

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The only side effect so far is fatigue. Although I was already physically fatigued now I am also mentally tired. The doctor said she wanted to calm down my symptoms until my appointment on June 3 with the cardiologist, I was having palpitations, chest pain, fatigue daily. My arms were going numb occasionally and I was having near fainting episodes. I have not had a near fainting episode since being on the meds. I am still having a few palpitations a day and chest pains, but nothing like it was. so it has helped. I feel better about being on the medication now. I was a little frightened at first, not knowing what to expect.

May 20, 2010 - 7:47am
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Dear Anonymous

Thanks for your question - it's a great one!

The term SVT, as you imply, is an umbrella term for heart palpitations/rhythmic disorders.

Verapamil is a medication used for various ailments including heart arrhythmias.

We can only assume that your doctor has looked into the reasons why he has prescribed them to you and has taken your medical history into considerations. It's also common for some people to be prescribed an initial medication until a full diagnosis has been completed and a medication schedule has been discussed. Hence why your doctor has given you verapamil.

Are you having side effects from this medication? What did he/she say to you when prescribing verapamil to you? Have you discussed your concerns with him/her?

May 12, 2010 - 1:05pm
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