Hey guys, I was recently told I have SVT and have some questions as I've never heard of this before. Before I get into the questions I should tell you my story:
I'm 22 years old and the past 4 months for me have been awful. It all started when I felt my heart skip a beat in early june. Immediately after it happened I lost my breath and my heart started racing. I got really bad anxiety and had a panic attack. Over the course of the next few weeks it would happen more frequently to the point where I was having panic attacks 3-4 times a day. I ended up calling an ambulance 3 times the month of july and each time they did an EKG, and blood tests and related it to anxiety. I kept having intense palpitations, lightheartedness and fatigue throughout every day. It got to the point I was afraid to walk, and would stay bed ridden because any time I stood up I got light headed and my heart would race.
I ended up seeing a Cardiologist towards the end of july and we did an Echo, halter monitor, and stress test. He told me I had a few missed beats but that was normal, and he told me I had mild mitral vale prolapse (saying its very common and nothing to worry about) and then he said my stress test came back normal. Hearing that I had something wrong (mvp) sent my anxiety sky rocketing, while I was at the office I had a panic attack and my HR went up to 195 bpm. The doctor just observed and said its a panic attack.
I wanted another opinion so I went to a 2nd cardiologist and he put me on a 3 week monitor, and caught a few episodes and said I had SVT. He put me on a beta blocker - Propranolol 10 mg's once a day.
After everything, I lost 22 pounds in 2 months and I'm slowly getting back to myself. I've now been taken the beta blocker once a day for about a month now, I haven't had any SVT episodes since I've been on the blocker, and I can't feel my heart beat anymore like I used to.
I was wondering, is it normal to feel dizzy? Especially when I walk around, i'll get really dizzy and light headed. I also get it when standing up from a sitting position frequently. I really want to get back to exercising (even slight walking) but I get anxious and then I'll start to get dizzy and convince myself I can't walk anymore.
I also wanted to know if I can have sex while taking propranolol? I've tried it once, and my chest felt really weird, and I got a sharp pain but it went away after and I had really bad anxiety from it afterwards. I was wondering if anyone has experience with it while taking propranolol?
I also noticed while resting my heart rate goes down to 50-55s and when laying down at night it'll drop to 40's. I was wondering if this is normal while taking the beta blocker?
I've spoken to my doctors and they told me it's nothing to worry about that I'm to young to have any serious issues and that my anxiety is playing a huge part in everything. I was hoping to get some advice from people that have SVT and have taken beta blockers. Thank you for taking your time to read this!