Tessa Posted February 21, 2007 Report Share Posted February 21, 2007 I promised to share my TTT experience with you and thanks God here I am.My test was performed at the Hospital, by the Cardiologist who fit me in + 2 nurses.All the usual monitors were fitted, plus a IV (for a saline solution). They strapped me onto the table securely and had me rest on the table for about 10 minutes to monitor my vitals (no Valsava Manuever and no checking of the carotid sinus).My bp was 120/60 and my heart rate around 60After around 10 minutes, the nurses tilted me quickly up.I really felt fine, as my feet were supported by the small shelf and my body supported by the table.My bp went to 110/60 and my heart rate to around 75After around 10 minutes, I was starting to feel dizzy and tired. My heart rate was increasing step by step from 80 to 90 and 95 but not the rest of symptoms I usually feel... The cardiologist seemed to be boried... He said it was best to try the drug instead of waiting.I had nitroglicerine under my tongue.Then I started feeling more dizzy (though no chest pain), breathless...I told them I was dizzy and confused...I looked to the monitor. My bp was lowering 100/50 and my heart rate was increasing 95, 100, 110, 115, 125When it was 125, I noticed I was going to faint. I said: "I am going to pass out". I heard the nurse asking if they tilted me back down and I said "yes".That?s the last thing I remember. I had a syncope.(I have been told afterwards by my husband that the cardiologist said that my bp was 60/20)When I started to regain some consciousness, I noticed that they were very worried, asking what to do next. I was horizontal, with my legs up for a while but did not regain consciousness by my own. They were talking loud to me asking me to keep my eyes open... It took a while to recover. I felt I was going to pass out again, then recover, pass out... It was a scary experience.when I was feeling better, the cardiologist asked me to sit and then to stand up and move... They started taking the EKG off.Then I felt dizzy again. My bp and heart rate was going crazy all the time, up and down. They stared at the monitor and asked him what to do... He asked me to lay down again...I was not easy to recover. I was still feeling dizzy when he told me to leave home and recommended to drink plenty of fluids and increase salt intake. Remember I told you he is not familiar with POTS. (he never heard about it until I mentioned it at our first app). In fact, it does not seem he was very familiar with a Tilt Table Test. I do not think he should have allowed the test so far and I also think he should have given me something to increase my blood pressure while being unconscious Then he said that what I had was vasovagal syncope. I disagree. (he does not know about POTS and thinks that all faintings are the same: vasovagal. It is going to be difficult to let him know that POTS is different... But he is the only Cardiologist who is willing to help and I have no other choice right now).Don?t you think it is NOT a vasovagal syncope but POTS?I have been ill since then. Exhausted/tired, dizzy, with chest discomfort, confused... My GP wanted me going to the ER but I refused. I am slightly better today. She said I should wait until the app. with the cardiologist next Tuesday, before going back to work.I think that the process of recovery is slow but I am going better. Of course, my body went through a terrible experience (bp 60/20!)Do you had such a low blood pressure?My husband and me have been talking with a nurse (at another hospital today) and when I mentioned my bp (60/20) at the TTT, he looked up, surprised and said: "oops, but that is nearly being in shock!"I wanted to share this with you and read your comments about it.I am sure that you wonder how he allowed me to faint, as he could have stopped the test before. (I think he should, but he has not a large experience, furthermore, It is scary (bp 60/20)...I will ask for the whole data of the test on Tuesday, in the event that I am able to use them someday with another Cardiologist... I also want to know the exact heart rate I had reached when passing out. (as the last lecture I saw seconds before fainting was 125 bmp and it was increasing)...Thank you all for your support,Take care,LoveTessaPS: What really scares me is that I did not recover quickly after tilted back horizontal. Is it usual?BTW, the rest of that day, my heart rate was around 100 bpm at rest (horizontal)... No doubt I was feeling exhausted... After taking my beta blocker, the heart rate has gone down again and remains at 60 bpm Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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