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Suggest treatment for SVT

Hi, I have been having SVT's since falling pregnant with my first child in late 2004. I cam off beta blockers in may last year and have had a few SVT's since then , but they have not required hospital treatment. I have read that they can prove to befatal, is this true as my consultant said they were not fatal. Can it be controlled by diet at all?
Wed, 17 May 2017
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Hello
Welcome to HCM.
Most SVTs usually are not life threatening. When there are accompanying complications like low BP, previous heart disease then they may cause issues. But usually SVTs are not troublesome.
There are no diet modifications that can prevent SVTs. They happen due to some improper circuit within the hearts conduction system. Medications like beta blockers do not cure SVT, the inhibit the trigger which leads to SVT. the keep the heart rate low so that SVTs sont occur.
Since you are still getting them, I recommend you should be on a small dose of calaptin (calcium channel blocker) daily for your SVT. They have very less side effects and tolerate well by all patients.
Another approach that is used for patients with low risk SVTs is to take a calaptin 120 mg SOS during the episodes.
Since I have not examined you and seen your records, I would recommend the daily dosage of calaptin approach.
Wishing you good health
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