Discussions

Through the years, we have received amazing, insightful comments from people from all over the world. This page is a library of all those discussions for you to use as reference. The information here is extremely valuable and not to be missed. To add to the conversation, and receive my reply, you can comment on any of the blog posts. This page is for reference only.

  • From Fana on Clear Clutter and Sleep Better!

    Hey Laura – great read! I did an initial cleansing and de-cluttering of my home a few years ago and it was so freeing! I continue to live with the “mantra” of “less is more”. That alone allows sleep to come more naturally especially when your bedroom is truly de-cluttered and a tip I found so helpful is to rid your bedrooms of as much electronic equipment as possible – especially the TV. Once I did this my sleep was so much better – no more TV in the background – now it’s just the glow of my beautiful salt lamp that helps me to fall and stay asleep each night – and sometimes some nice soft music for 10-15 minutes before I dose off into slumberland! And you are so right about the physical body needing to feel tired and in need of replenishment though sleep! Anyway – thanks for sharing!

    2018/03/30 at 6:44 am
    • From laura on Clear Clutter and Sleep Better!

      Hi Fana! Love that you took the step to remove electronics and added a salt lamp. I have one in my bedroom too! Clearing out is my underlying personal theme and has been for a while…My motto is, instead of wanting and wishing for a “bigger house”. I want to rid myself of all the extra stuff that just doesn’t fit into my small ranch! I just last night purged my file cabinets and am shocked by how much I actually got rid of and don’t need. Moving all those papers around and out of my office made me loose 10 pounds;) xo

      2018/03/30 at 12:45 pm
  • From Barbara Stagg on Clear Clutter and Sleep Better!

    Just a note to thank you for your efforts! I was elated to find you as was feeding pretty low and alone trying to deal with my Paroxysmal SVT and Atrial Fibrillation. I don’t have trust in the allopathic model and have been trying to deal/heal by myself. Once I refused the beta blockers and ablation my doc said good by…..

    2018/03/29 at 1:33 pm
    • From laura on Clear Clutter and Sleep Better!

      Hi Barbara, I used to feel that way, so alone and defeated and victimized by SVT. Have you read my first e-guide? It has nice information about shifting your mindset around SVT. I think you would really like it! Its on my e-guide page called The Heal SVT Naturally Approach. A New Way to Empower Yourself Through your Journey of Healing. Start looking at diet, and removing the top allergens like gluten and sugar…There is so much that you can do naturally to help yourself feel soo much better, I promise! I never suffer, my health is so different then my days of being miserable and scared of SVT. It does not effect me at all anymore. This is a massive turn around since I used to not leave my house out of fear of an SVT! You can do this! xox

      2018/03/30 at 12:49 pm
  • From Morgan Ho on Sleep + SVT

    I just discovered your website! SVT has plagued me for years in very small brief bouts. In the last 2 years it has gotten more bothersome. In fact, I get nightly episodes of SVT. Some of them I am conscious of, and some of them not (I know they are nightly because of my holter monitor results). I have observed that not getting enough sleep and jet lag while traveling is definitely a trigger for a strong enough SVT episode that will wake me up at night. I have not tried not sleeping flat. I am definitely going to give this a try and see if it helps! Thank you for your blog and your tips. They are very helpful!

    2018/03/14 at 6:39 pm
  • From Vicky on The Heal SVT Naturally Approach E-guide is Here!

    Hi Laura-
    I purchased your e-book “Heal SVT Naturally” on Feb. 2, 2018 and have still not received it. My order number is: 14167. Is it out now and I just didn’t open it correctly? If so, could it be resent?
    thank you,
    Vicky C.

    2018/02/12 at 12:40 am
    • From laura on The Heal SVT Naturally Approach E-guide is Here!

      Hi Vicky, I sent it manually for you via your email. The guide has a link to download as soon as you pay. You should be redirected to the page with the link. Please let me know if you still did not receive the one I emailed you. Thank you!!! Sorry for the trouble!

      2018/02/27 at 2:21 pm
  • From Leah on Bowel Movements and SVT

    Thank-you so much for posting this [6 years ago]! I’ve had SVT since 2010 and have all but narrowed it down to GI triggers (including constipation and consumption of Gluten, alcohol, popcorn, etc). Mostly notice the PVC’s leading up to SVT when I haven’t had a good bowel movement in several days. Most of my SVT episodes occur at night. Heart rate gets fast for 15-60 seconds, I get, light-headed, shaky, sweaty, breathless & nauseous and often have a pre-syncope/syncope episode (the scariest part), and then it’s usually over. Thankfully, I’ve only had SVT a few times each year, and it hasn’t increased in frequency (if anything, its decreased).

    2018/02/11 at 9:23 am
  • From Tiffany Patterson on TOP TEN TIPS To HEAL SVT Naturally

    My first SVT episode happened at the age of 15. I wasn’t diagnosed until I turned 30. I am now 41 and feel so anxiety stricken by the daily sensations of cardiac mis-fires along with the panic stricken episodes of SVT. I’m not sure whether I feel like it’s safe to start taking beta blockers(there are always side effects to medications) and I’m truly, gut wrenching ,deathly scared of undergoing catheter ablation. I feel like there is no hope….my daily life and daily activities seem impossible

    2018/01/28 at 7:10 pm
  • From Crystal Farlow on SVT Private Facebook Group

    My 16 year old daughter was diagnosed with SVT this year. They were unable to ablate and now want to try medication. We are finding some of her triggers and we would like to help her naturally, without a trial and error of scary medications. She is struggling to stay awake in school, to get up and even go. We have had meetings with the school and her doctor who feels she should be in school and are hoping the medications will help her. She is in her senior year. I’m afraid she isn’t going to graduate. I don’t want to put her on medication, but I also cannot watch her miss so much school. It is a daily struggle at this point.
    I have found the information you have provided to be a great source of information and guidance. I am hoping she will read the content and connect some dots for herself to make the changes she needs to get through this. Thank you.

    2017/11/28 at 4:10 pm
    • From laura on SVT Private Facebook Group

      Dear Crystal, Thank you for your comment. The absolute first thing I would do is get her off white sugar and gluten. I SWEAR that this is a life changing step. The more resistant if at all she is to this, the more she needs to do it. I can speak at length on this subject as to how and why this is the case and am working diligently on my second e-guide called The SVT Prevention Diet which will explain this is much greater detail. Please try to help her change her diet. Increase protein, almond butter, coconut oil, healthy fats etc. Natural sugars are OK like honey. She needs nutrition dense foods, and to get her gut in better condition so she is absorbing all her essential vitamins and micro nutrients. How is her diet? Does she take any supplements? Does she take probiotics? All the best,

      2017/12/05 at 1:49 am
  • From Tricia on Travel Essentials to Avoid SVT

    Thank you for sharing this!! I am terrified to travel and this helps me know how to be prepared if I have to travel. I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to fly again but I’m so encouraged by your story!

    2017/11/24 at 9:26 pm
    • From laura on Travel Essentials to Avoid SVT

      Hi Tricia! Think positive! You can do it if you really want to…Just keep working on getting as healthy as you can every day around your own home and create a vision for yourself traveling one day to a relaxing beautiful destination that will fulfill you and restore you. I honestly can look back and remember not even being able to leave my house and being so sick from anxiety and fear. Those days are behind me! And can be for you too!

      2017/12/05 at 1:52 am
  • From Jill Shelley on Travel Essentials to Avoid SVT

    Thank you so much for sharing all this! I knew about several already, but I also learned some things. You also brought up the vagus nerve….one day I saw on some TV program that drinking some vinegar in water will get rid of hiccups because it “interrupts the vagus nerve.” I knew SVT can be related to the vagus nerve, so I thought I would try this same remedy next time my SVT strikes. That was a year or so ago, and I have to say I have had 100% success rate with the vinegar in water. As soon as I my heart takes off I drink down several swallows of the vinegar water (about 1 T in cup of cold water) and about 1 minute later my heart converts to normal! The first several times this happened I thought it was a coincidence but now I am convinced it works. Before knowing about this remedy I’d have SVT for hours at a time. I now keep a glass of this ready to drink in the fridge and by my bed at night. I also slip a glass of it in my purse and take it where ever I go. I can’t tell you how much this has quieted my worries. However, I’ve recently had 2 attacks of A-fib (my Dr says SVT sometimes progresses into that) and the vinegar water does not work with the A-fib, unfortunately. Just thought I’d pass the vinegar trick on to you. I know you have your SVT under good control but you know others who are still struggling. I love your blog and I have learned much from you. Thank you!

    2017/11/23 at 3:18 am
    • From laura on Travel Essentials to Avoid SVT

      Hi Jill, Thank you so much for your comment and for this awesome tip! Have you tried the cal mag citrate by Thorne? I love that product. I take it daily. Also what about going gluten free? Have you tried that yet? Let me know! Would love to hear more! xo

      2017/12/05 at 1:56 am
  • From Jim Lawrence on Sleep + SVT

    Hi Laura

    Just had my first svt yesterday. I waited about an hour then went to ER. My heart rate was 180-190. I did the terrible medicine that slowed down my heart. I had to do it twice. I came across a couple of your articles. Thanks for the information.

    2017/10/31 at 1:04 am
    • From laura on Sleep + SVT

      Hi Jim, They probably gave you adenosine. Did you get the Top Ten Tips yet? Definitely sign up for the newsletter and start tracking your diet to see if you can start to see connections…

      2017/11/20 at 1:02 am
  • From Nunzio Scordo on Sleep + SVT

    Hi Laura, I came across this site today after 9 years of insanity and after reading your story, I am floored. You explained my life. I would love to connect with you and see if we can work together. I

    2017/10/26 at 10:10 pm
    • From laura on Sleep + SVT

      Hi Nunzio, I reached out to you on email! Please let me know if you would like to set up a call!

      2017/11/20 at 1:05 am
  • From Danita on Blueberry Chia Yogurt

    What can you substitute for the chia seeds? Diverticulitis?

    2017/10/07 at 1:18 am
  • From Lynn on Mindful Eating + SVT

    I learned an eating /drinking tip from an Ayurvedic practitioner. To aid digestion, do not drink iced or even cold beverages especially with your meals. It constricts the lining of the stomach and slows down absorption of the food and the excretion of digestive fluids. Drink your beverages in between meals…. Ayurveda medicine, is a system of medicine with historical roots in the Indian, it is the traditional system of “medicine” in India and seeks to treat and integrate body, mind, and spirit using a comprehensive holistic approach especially by emphasizing diet, herbs, exercise, meditation, breathing, and physical therapy. Ayurveda is the sister of Yoga. It has been very helpful for me & my SVT.

    2017/08/23 at 11:20 am
    • From laura on Mindful Eating + SVT

      This is wonderful Lynn! I love learning about Ayurveda. Would love to hear more about your experience with it if you ever want to share your story via a blog post article please let me know! Thank you!

      2017/11/20 at 1:07 am
  • From Lynn on Good Health Starts in the Gut

    Not all probiotic are created equal. If one strain doesn’t work for you, don’t give up, try another. It might take a while until you find the right one. We all have different combinations of good bacteria in our guts along with different combinations of what we are lacking.What is good for the goose is not always good for the gander in this case.

    2017/08/12 at 2:04 am
    • From laura on Good Health Starts in the Gut

      Yes, excellent info! Thank you!

      2017/11/20 at 1:07 am
  • From Severina Elizalde on Q + A Series Can SVT be caused by certain things we eat and POTS?

    My doctor advised me to undergo ablation but until now still undecided its because I’m get afraid of the complication. Lately, undergo of ct scan its because I am suffering of hyperacidity the result was i have an adverticula . My biggest problem right now is my SVT, do i have to continue my ablation? Could you help me what to do i don’t want an ablation I’m scared.

    2017/08/09 at 12:23 pm
    • From laura on Q + A Series Can SVT be caused by certain things we eat and POTS?

      Hello! Thank you for your email. I cannot advise you on ablation or medication as those are your decisions to make. I can offer you my views as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and fellow SVT sufferer and say that for me, there were many many things that I did that helped me to drastically reduce my SVT. Your diet and so many factors have a lot to do with your SVT and overall health. Please refer to my new e-guide, The Indispensable Guide to Navigating SVT: What you need to know to start your journey of healing. It is a great place to give you lots of information and help with the differences between traditional cardiology and the Heal SVT Naturally Approach . Thank you! All the best, Here is the link for the guide: https://healsvtnaturally.com/product/the-indispensable-guide-to-navigating-svt/

      2017/08/09 at 6:26 pm
  • From Pamela C payne on Find Your Heart Joy...

    These were very thought provoking questions. I have needed something to get me Journaling again and your prompts are a great place to start. One of your best post yet! Thank you.

    2017/08/02 at 10:44 am
    • From laura on Find Your Heart Joy...

      Wonderful Pam. Thank you for sharing! I am working behind the scenes on more guided journaling exercises. Will keep you posted as they are ready!

      2017/08/07 at 6:58 pm
  • From Robert Denney on Brand New Top 10 Tips to Heal SVT Naturally

    I have SVT, but contradictions are being made by consultants. One said a small piece of dark chocolate will help your heart and SVT. The other consultant said it will start an SVT attack. Who do we believe?
    Regards
    Robert

    2017/07/26 at 5:57 pm
    • From laura on Brand New Top 10 Tips to Heal SVT Naturally

      Hi Robert, Thank you for commenting. I would say believe yourself! Your BODY has all the answers you need. Listen to it, see how you feel after you eat certain foods. Keep in mind that while many people have common SVT triggers, we also have unique ones as well depending on our WHOLE health story. So chocolate may be OK for some people but not for others. I think it depends a lot on the rest of your diet as well as several other factors. Have you ordered the new e-guide? The Indispensable Guide to Navigating SVT? I discuss the core contributors to SVT and think you will find it useful. Keeping a food diary to track how you feel after eating certain foods is very helpful. Most importantly for now, use what I call SVT back tracking to find links between food and day to day SVT triggers.

      2017/08/07 at 7:05 pm
  • From Shannon Pavek on Adrenal Fatigue + SVT

    I am taking 12.5 mg of Metoprolol, I picked up some Rhodolia Rosea supplement to try, but after doing some research I found that it can set off tachycardia… and shouldn’t take it if you have low blood pressure. I had normal 120/76 before I started taking a 1/2 dose of the Metoprolol and it is now anywhere between 115/70 – 110/68. So as you can see I’m a bit nervous about taking anything else that could either set it off or cause my bloop pressure to lower any further. I am and have been looking for an alternative to the beta blocker for a while, but just nervous to transition to something else… I could really use some advice.

    2017/07/12 at 8:53 pm
    • From laura on Adrenal Fatigue + SVT

      Hi Shannon, When you are on medication, you should always discuss with your Dr. before taking any supplements. I have never been on medication. I did not have any issues with Rhodolia Rosea and I too have low blood pressure in general. You can also look into adrenal support by PURE, I took that as well. Most importantly, if you are afraid to take anything then try to reduce stress, rest daily, dont push yourself, eat right, no white sugar etc. There are lots of natural ways to reduce adrenal fatigue, supplements arent a must.

      2017/07/26 at 4:06 pm
  • From Jennifer on Valgo-A Breakthrough for the SVT Community

    Thank you, Laura, for your nice website. I wanted to ask you if you had ever (in the past)considered ablation, as it is a minimally invasive procedure. I have been considering that procedure lately and wonder if you ever had. Of course, if I alter my diet (which is already pretty good)and can thus alter my frequency of SVT by doing that, will be great. Still, I can’t help thinking that the root cause of all this is just a defective area of muscle on my heart and that ablation is probably the most definitive way to take care of this once and for all. Thank you so much.

    2017/04/20 at 3:34 pm
    • From laura on Valgo-A Breakthrough for the SVT Community

      Hi Jennifer! No I cant say I ever really considered ablation. The thought of it propelled me into a holistic direction. I always questioned why on certain days the extra pathway mattered and was triggerd and on others (most) it didn’t. When I tracked my SVT’s, they always occurred from the physical standpoint if I didn’t have a bowel movement, overate, ate sugar, gluten, over indulged in alcohol, didnt sleep well etc. Then they also occurred from emotional triggers such as stress, feeling unheard, scared and more, and even deeper, I found them to be related to not feeling like I was living my life purpose etc. Today I have no need for ablation or to consider it as SVT is a non-issue for me now. I dont have episodes anymore. I dont have mis-fires that I fear will lead to one, etc. I know the many changes I have made have filled my bucket of depletion, balanced my hormones, address old wounds from the past, and massive diet changes have helped to heal my gut and reduce inflamation. I listen to my heart in every way that I can, and I use my SVT as my barometer to tell me if I get off track…When I do for too long, I can feel the changes in my body now…I will get certain symptoms and respond to them long before they result in an SVT. I dont believe ablation addresses any of the root issues I mentioned…It’s true it may help your SVT if all goes well…but the imbalances or things your heart is speaking out for will have to find a new outlet to be heard…xo

      2017/04/25 at 9:37 pm
  • From Arciaga sun on Please take this Survey for new SVT device called Valgo!

    When will the valgo device be available in the usa

    2017/04/19 at 6:25 pm
  • From Jackie on Valgo-A Breakthrough for the SVT Community

    Please let it come here quickly!! What else can we do and do we know if when the clinical trials will be completed

    2017/04/18 at 10:43 pm
  • From I hope it never comes back and can't come back?my name is didne garrett on Please take this Survey for new SVT device called Valgo!

    I had SVT. I had the procedure done two years ago very scary I hope it never happens again my heart still flutters sometime I also have anxiety this would be awesome to have I hope it never comes back and can’t come back?

    2017/04/10 at 2:04 am
  • From Kim on Travel and SVT

    I was 2 hrs into a 23 hour flight from Australia to New York (QANTAS), travelling alone when i felt really light headed and floaty! I had a cardiac ablation about 18mths before for SVT. I was stuck in a window seat with 2 quite large passengers who didnt really want to move to let me out of my seat!! I end up climbing over them and i immediately went and told the hostess not to worry but i feel a little lightheaded and my heart is beating too fast, she moved me to an unoccupied exit row and called over the speaker to ask if there were any medical persons on the flight that could attend to my location. There happened to be 2 Doctors onboard in business class so they came down and checked my blood pressure and gave me iced water and did the valsalver manoeuvre a couple of times. Im actually an Emergency Room Registered Nurse ( but that doesent stop me from freaking out a little too!!! ). It was pretty scary knowing i was going to be over water for the next 10hrs but the SVT eventually stopped after about 45 mins! The 2 doctors on board stayed with me till i felt comfortable again ( cant praise them enough – giving up their seat in business class for an hour to sit with me and make sure i was feeling ok!) and said to call them back if i felt unwell during the rest of the flight. The airline staff grabbed my bags and let me sit in the roomy exit row all to myself and checked on me regularly for the remainder of the flight. I had no episodes on my return 23hr flight home

    2017/04/09 at 8:41 pm
    • From Anna M. Antonelos on Travel and SVT

      What happens if your SVT did not stop in your long flight? I heard it’s not good to be having svt for hours. . What does someone do?

      2018/02/07 at 11:21 am
  • From Elli Higgins Bresciano on Valgo-A Breakthrough for the SVT Community

    This would be an amazing asset to those of us with SVT and anxiety! Can’t wait to hear more!

    2017/04/08 at 3:36 pm
  • From Michele Assoun on Please take this Survey for new SVT device called Valgo!

    I wish to take on the survey you are proposing …The SVT started on the 14th December 2011 … My heart went above 200 per mn. and was not even doing strenuous work at the time I used to have it quite a lot like 2 or 3 times a week then after it receded to one every 3 months and at times none for 9 months …Then recently since last year in August 2016 it flared up again like every month . since January this year it has been fine ..I am not on any medication as I am too susceptible to pharmaceutical drugs with too many bad side effects…. The ablation I do not wish to go through it at this stage because of the medications they give you to detect where the extra pathway is …So I am very interested in what you are offering in a simple way…Thank you very much . Cheers! Michele

    2017/04/07 at 6:54 am
  • From Gibran Locati on Valgo-A Breakthrough for the SVT Community

    So is this a device that a person could get now? I would love to have one.

    2017/03/31 at 4:42 pm
    • From Dr Ali Refson on Valgo-A Breakthrough for the SVT Community

      unfortunately it is still in the research phase.
      For new devices to be accepted we need to prove they work. This will not cure SVTs, but it should empower those with SVT to have a new refined way of performing the modified valsalva manoeuvre which has been shown to revert up to 46% of episodes.

      2017/04/26 at 11:28 pm
  • From Meg Wirth on Please take this Survey for new SVT device called Valgo!

    My daughter has had SVT so I am interested in staying in touch on all matters!

    2017/03/31 at 4:17 pm
  • From Pam on Valgo-A Breakthrough for the SVT Community

    This is such encouraging news…..thanks so much for continued research into SVT.

    2017/03/30 at 10:40 am
  • From Lynn on Humanely Raised Meat and the effects on your Heart

    In the United States our food animals are fed “commodity corn and soy” as feed. This feed is GMO corn and soy. The corn and soy are genetically modified and that is the trouble with the meat supply in this country. The changes that occur in the crops affect the animals and in turn affect our health, digestion and immune system. A huge increase in disease has occurred in our country in the last 50 years due to GMO’s….Help your health & your heart, eat clean, eat organic non-GMO food only.

    2017/03/18 at 1:07 am
    • From Cheryl Nelson on Humanely Raised Meat and the effects on your Heart

      We all need to educate ourselves about the sources of our food. My father worked for a feed company that sold supplements to farmers. Most farmers would grow the hay, corn or soybeans they fed their livestock, and add the supplements onsite. He told often of how farmers would routinely add the waste products of the sawdust cleaned from the floor of chicken houses after the chickens were harvested to the ground up feed because this was an acceptable source of urea and protein in the diet. (Google “Feeding Poultry Litter to Beef Cattle. There are USDA guidelines) Our cattle that we used for our consumption were always fed pasture, hay and corn,and the meat tasted nothing like what is in stores today. Consumer education is key to making truly healthy choices.

      2017/10/29 at 2:06 pm
      • From laura on Humanely Raised Meat and the effects on your Heart

        Thank you Cheryl for your valuable insights. I would love to hear even more! If you are ever interested in writing me a blog post article with your unique experience and take on this important subject I would love to publish it! Thank you!

        2017/11/20 at 1:03 am
  • From Pam on Get rid of the junk food and help your SVT

    Excellent suggestions!

    2017/03/17 at 7:20 pm
    • From Jan on Get rid of the junk food and help your SVT

      Hi
      These are great suggestions for good health for all but any documents it helps SVT in specific ?

      2017/03/24 at 9:46 pm
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