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 Debbie on The COURSE

    Laura, I just had my third SVT in 18 months this past Saturday and had to have adenosine. It was terrifying. I have been a gluten free low-fat vegan since January, but I cheated on my diet the night before my SVT and had some sorbet. I never eat sugar, but maybe this triggered my feeling off the next day and the SVT. Thank you for your blog. It’s nice to know that someone else is looking into a holistic approach to avoid these awful experiences. My last two SVT’s came the day after having diarrhea. the first one after having norovirus, the second one the day after a gallbladder attack. I also had my gallbladder removed three weeks ago, and I attribute being worn out from this and getting in the swing of things too early as a cause of my last SVT. I had cleaned five bathrooms at our church building the morning of and had been not only worn out from the surgery but sleep deprived from taking care of my sick 4 year old.

    I hope you keep posting your successes. Incidentally, the days I had my SVT’s were also the days I missed my magnesium. All of my blood work has been perfect, all three times, but reading from the the Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean, M.D. our cells can be deficient even though our blood is not showing it.

    Thanks again for caring enough to start your blog.

    Debbie

    2012/10/08 at 10:33 pm
    • From nourishmyspirit on The COURSE

      Hi Debbie,
      Sorry to hear about your experience. As you said, you were clearly over extending yourself, a main “set up” for an SVT. Remember we cant 100% control when our body is going to have an electrical misfire…but we can control keeping our body (inner enviornment) strong. The way to do that is to REST, and take amazing care of yourself. The days of pushing yourself are over if you want to reduce your SVT episodes. (Cleaning bathrooms after surgery qualifies as drastically pushing yourself too far my dear!!!)

      Your story doesn’t sound like it ends there though…because you say you just had your gallblader removed….I really dont know much about that but something else is going on in your system to lead to that, and I would really look into the reasons that led to that for more clues on what you could do differently to help support yourself.

      Regarding diet….are you eating lots of quiona, cooked veggies and beans? Are you eating a balanced diet? GF vegan is the hardest diet to keep up especially when your exhausted. Make sure your not loading up on GF “dead” foods. Further, you may need to look deeper at your food allergies….When you say you felt “off” the day of your SVT….did you analyze absoultely everything you ate the day before….Write it down so eventually, (even if its 2 years from now) you can see correlations….The sorbet could be a possibility if you are normally 100% sugar free….otherwise I would be open to the possibility of it being something else you ate or a combo…maybe corn??

      Take care of yourself! Lots of water, minerals, himalayian sea salt, Greens, green vibrance, and most importantly…REST…DO NOT PUSH yourself!!!! Your body is crying out for some deep rest and you are the only one who can give it to yourself. Im sure EVERYONE in your life will understand that you need to clear your plate of all extra commitments for at least 6 months after surgery…especially with a 4 year old! I have a 5 year old and that alone with nothing else on earth to do, is a FULL TIME EXHAUSTING job. Give yourself a break! Remember the SVT is the final blast of days or weeks leading up to a toxic burden on the heart….you need to remove all the toxic burdens to keep your heart free and light. These burdens are emotional and from what we eat.

      So….on the days after an SVT make sure to go to sleep early, no sugar, lots of water and greens and cooked warm foods. Extra potassium, salt, and magnesium. All the best, thanks so much for sharing! I LOVE to hear your stories and deeply care about helping people understand that there is a deeper way to support SVT. Love and healing, Laura

      2012/10/09 at 1:08 pm
  • From nourishmyspirit on The INNER circle

    Thank you! Just a typo!!!

    2012/09/11 at 11:02 pm
  • From nourishmyspirit on Bowel Movements and SVT

    Thank you for your comments. I strongly encourage you and everyone with SVT to really look into food allergies as a possible trigger. My SVT and overall symptoms have decreased drastically since I eliminated Wheat and dairy from my diet. I know its such a big change, but if you feel better and less stressted about having an SVT its worth it. Consider doing a stool sample with enterloab. you can read your own results. You may be shocked about what you are allergic to. I was…..There is so much to learn about digestive health and overall health. Its so deeply connected. Keep a food diary to draw connections to what you ate and your symptoms. Good Luck! Write anytime, I love to hear from you!

    2012/09/11 at 11:01 pm
    • From Lucy Spicer Chabot on Bowel Movements and SVT

      Are you on any medication? I am on Diltiazem and would like to get off it but I’m afraid to. I never had to get a shot or anything with my SVT, it does pass with ice on the neck or bearing down. Just wondering. Thanks.

      2012/09/18 at 11:01 pm
  • From Lucy Spicer Chabot on The INNER circle

    Symptoms is spelled wrong. Just letting you know! 🙂

    2012/09/11 at 10:54 pm
  • From Lucy Spicer Chabot on Bowel Movements and SVT

    Oh my goodness, thank you for this post. I thought I was imagining it but I saw a connection and began to look into it. I hate SVT it robs me of joy in my life. Thank you for this information.

    2012/09/11 at 10:51 pm
  • From Mark Farago on STAY COOL

    Thanks. I’ve noticed that any stressors, like heat, aggravate the SVT’s.

    2012/07/26 at 10:11 pm
  • From Renee on My Story

    Found your blog today after having a episode last night! I was diagnosed with SVT in 2007, I had an ablation done(wish I never would have). My symptoms began when I was in high school, I brushed them off as because of a heart murmur, but I began having attacks when i would bend down and stand up quickly, being a mom and a husband that worked out of town at that time I wanted to find out what this was, I was able to stop them almost as soon as they started, since I had the ablation my trick doesn’t work anymore.Stress makes SVT worse, it has caused me anxiety, well I had a pulmonary embolism two days after my ablation which kicked in the anxiety and now I tend to get panic attacks when have an episode. I to believe this can be healed naturally, that I believe it’s a imbalance in our bodies, I have taken some steps to improve my life, yet I fall short of follow through, done with this feeling of being chained to SVT! Like you I have given up a lot because of fear, yet I tend to rely on my faith and can’t be captive to this, but it still does. In the process of seeing a naturopath now to help with any hormone imbalances/thyroid issues so that I can get on track with healing my body! I have done so much reading on SVT, over and over the same things and I found you today, thank you! I am 39 now and hoping that advancing into my 40’s will lead to a much improved life and lifestyle.

    2012/07/26 at 6:53 pm
    • From Donna on My Story

      Did you ever find a natural cure for SVT? I’m new to this and it’s really taking a toll on my life! Thank you for any info!

      2016/07/26 at 9:12 pm
    • From Qasim on My Story

      Hi Renee,
      When you had your ablation done? I was diagnosed with SVT in 2009 but had frequent attacks in previous life. Is ablation changed your lifestyle? what problems you are facing after ablation

      2014/05/15 at 12:50 pm
    • From farmcharm on My Story

      Hello Renee, All I can say is I FEEL for you! Everything you describe is exactly how I felt/ feel having SVT. Except for that it DOES NOT RUN my life anymore. The reason is doesn’t is because I DO everything WITHIN my control to help support it….

      The FIRST thing I would do if I were you is get tested for food allregies and TRACK your episodes with what you ate. You are most likely allergic to wheat/gluten. (sorry!) You also probably have excess heat inside which can trigger episodes and you need to pay close attention to eating cooling, lubricating foods. Please read this blog for some tips, and also you can follow it via email to receive a blog post to your inbox every time I write one.

      Life style changes have everything to do with frequency of SVT so the best first step is deciding to do WHAT is within your control, and that is breath work, mediation, handing stressful isssues, learning how to express your anger in a healthy way, cutting out food allergens, supporting your gut, and healing your heart. I have another blog called www.NourishMySpirit.wordpress.com, you can look at that if you want to follow some more spiritual approaches to life in general. Best of luck and feel free to email me anytime for support! p.s. I dont know where you live but this HEAT is not helping anyone with a HEAT related issue. STAY COOL!!!! swim, cucumbers, WATERRRRRRRR lots of it, add chloryphl to it, eat SMALL meals, stay in a cool place…..

      2012/07/26 at 8:53 pm
  • From happy on My Story

    I feel like I am you. I am 38 years old with three children. My story is almost identical to yours except that I’ve probably only had about 10-12 episodes in my life. I am scared to get the ablation for fear of being worse off than I am now.

    2012/06/25 at 2:35 pm
    • From farmcharm on My Story

      Thank you for your comment! I too have only had aprox 10-15 episodes in my whole life….Right now they are about once per year…. The big question is…Have you been tested yet for food allergies? Are you eating wheat? Have you tracked your episodes yet to see if they occur after a large meal, eating sugar, wheat, dairy, or meat? Being angry at yourself or another can also trigger episodes, especially if you tend to go over and over things in your mind (and heart!!!) ….I will blog more on that topic soon. Consider altering your diet to see if that helps your symptoms….All the best!!!!

      2012/06/26 at 12:42 pm
  • From farmcharm on Diet

    Thanks for posting Stacey! Since you just had your first episode you should try to recall exactly what you had the day and night prior to the episode (and morning of). Start a notebook now because it might take time to make connections and it will be helpful to refer back to your notes over time if the SVT’s continue. Probably the Cardiologist will say that since it was the first time, wait and see what happens., They are not going to reccommend pills or abalation after only one episode.

    It would be interesting to note the age of your first episode f you feel like posting it. I ws 28 at when I had my “first” episode although I think I may hjave had one as a teenager once.

    Good luck with everything and be sure to start watching your water intake, foods you are eating etc. the whole point of this blog is to give people the support that the Dr.s sadly do not …yet….!!!! One day they will be on board!!!! All the best to you, stay in touch!

    .

    2012/06/01 at 10:26 pm
  • From farmcharm on Old DIET

    Thanks for posting Stacey! Since you just had your first episode you should try to recall exactly what you had the day and night prior to the episode (and morning of). Start a notebook now because it might take time to make connections and it will be helpful to refer back to your notes over time if the SVT’s continue. Probably the Cardiologist will say that since it was the first time, wait and see what happens., They are not going to reccommend pills or abalation after only one episode.

    It would be interesting to note the age of your first episode f you feel like posting it. I ws 28 at when I had my “first” episode although I think I may hjave had one as a teenager once.

    Good luck with everything and be sure to start watching your water intake, foods you are eating etc. the whole point of this blog is to give people the support that the Dr.s sadly do not …yet….!!!! One day they will be on board!!!! All the best to you, stay in touch!

    .

    2012/06/01 at 10:26 pm
  • From Stacey on Diet

    This is a great blog! I just had my first SVT episode 3 days ago. My heart rate was 180 bpm for about an hour until I reached the ER. They treated me with Adenosine and sent me home. I see a cardiologist next week and will ask him about food sensitivity testing! Thanks!!

    2012/06/01 at 8:14 pm
    • From mary on Diet

      I’m 44 years old and have been experiencing SVT’s for over 30 years now, I usually experience them when I have eaten too much sugar, and very stressed, or if my menstrual cycle is about to begin. A few months ago I had to go to the ER because my heart rate was over 236 beats a minute (super scary) and I was given the adenosine for the first time (horrible feeling) I have started back on my magnesium/calcium tablets daily and haven’t had an episode since. I make sure I eat potassium rich foods because potassium is a water soluble mineral that your body flushes out. I had a halter monitor test last week and am still waiting on the results. I have given up chocolate, caffeine, tea, and stay away from medications that can cause episodes. I also do pro-biotics daily, and truly feel there is a big connection between systemic yeast in my body that aggravates my symptoms. I’d advise anyone who suffers from SVT’s to also check into yeast die off (candida albican die off) when yaest dies off within our bodies it ferments into alcohol, causes dehydration etc. I wish everyone who deals with SVT’s also finds a better way of life & feels better soon.. Sincerely, Mary S.

      2013/04/23 at 1:17 am
      • From mary on Diet

        * yeast* sorry for typos 🙂 have a blessed day <3

        2013/04/23 at 1:19 am
        • From nourishmyspirit on Diet

          Mary, Thank you for your insightful comments. I wish you continued healing. You are making great observations and connections and really listening to your body and that is how you heal SVt naturally…If we keep at it, and keep connecting the dots, we will build a database of natural knowledge that will help others piece thier own puzzle together…Yeast, probiotics, candida, sugar, stress, cortisol, hormones, our diet…all all pieces of the puzzle. Health is in our hands!

          2013/04/23 at 1:44 am
  • From Stacey on Old DIET

    This is a great blog! I just had my first SVT episode 3 days ago. My heart rate was 180 bpm for about an hour until I reached the ER. They treated me with Adenosine and sent me home. I see a cardiologist next week and will ask him about food sensitivity testing! Thanks!!

    2012/06/01 at 8:14 pm
    • From mary on Old DIET

      I’m 44 years old and have been experiencing SVT’s for over 30 years now, I usually experience them when I have eaten too much sugar, and very stressed, or if my menstrual cycle is about to begin. A few months ago I had to go to the ER because my heart rate was over 236 beats a minute (super scary) and I was given the adenosine for the first time (horrible feeling) I have started back on my magnesium/calcium tablets daily and haven’t had an episode since. I make sure I eat potassium rich foods because potassium is a water soluble mineral that your body flushes out. I had a halter monitor test last week and am still waiting on the results. I have given up chocolate, caffeine, tea, and stay away from medications that can cause episodes. I also do pro-biotics daily, and truly feel there is a big connection between systemic yeast in my body that aggravates my symptoms. I’d advise anyone who suffers from SVT’s to also check into yeast die off (candida albican die off) when yaest dies off within our bodies it ferments into alcohol, causes dehydration etc. I wish everyone who deals with SVT’s also finds a better way of life & feels better soon.. Sincerely, Mary S.

      2013/04/23 at 1:17 am
      • From mary on Old DIET

        * yeast* sorry for typos 🙂 have a blessed day <3

        2013/04/23 at 1:19 am
        • From nourishmyspirit on Old DIET

          Mary, Thank you for your insightful comments. I wish you continued healing. You are making great observations and connections and really listening to your body and that is how you heal SVt naturally…If we keep at it, and keep connecting the dots, we will build a database of natural knowledge that will help others piece thier own puzzle together…Yeast, probiotics, candida, sugar, stress, cortisol, hormones, our diet…all all pieces of the puzzle. Health is in our hands!

          2013/04/23 at 1:44 am
  • From JeNae on SVT and Food allergies

    How is it going with your diet and elimination of food allergies? My daughter, 14, had an ablation last year and now her SVT came back. I took her into my holistic Dr and she came up with food allergies: dairy, nuts, soy, gluten, wheat.
    We changed he diet last week and by this week we took her on a run 2 times yesterday to see if we could trigger her SVT and she had NO attack! Hmmm…we happen to get these results just before seeing the surgeon tomorrow! I can’t wait to see what her EKG or anything else shows. you are tho only link I’ve come across that has related the same connection with food allergies and SVT. Let me know your experience! thx

    2012/05/17 at 11:23 am
  • From OVDI on Green Vibrance

    Very intriguing points you’ve got remarked, regards for setting up. Above all be accurate to on your own, and if you cann’t put your heart inside, take yourself out of it. by Hardy D. Jackson.

    2012/05/16 at 10:09 pm
  • From farmcharm on Adrenal Fatigue

    Hello, Thank you so much for your comment! First off, Yes I am actively working on this blog. I have another blog called www.NourishMySpirit.wordpress where there is a lot of food related information including FOOD allergy information which I believe is the CAUSE of SVT. 7 weeks ago I had another SVT and the following day I decided to drastically change my diet. I cut out Gluten, Meat and dairy. I finally decided to get tested for some of the main food allergies and JUST got my results! I am allergic to Gluten cows milk, soy, chicken eggs, beef, pork, walnuts and more. The NIGHT before my SVT I consumed meat, dairy and gluten. I do not believe it is a coincidence that I had an episode the folllowing day. I will post some helpful tips and things you can immediately do to try to stop an SVT without a hospital, but most importantly, I would start to get tested for food sensitivities. A great place to start is to look at www.enterolab.com. They are the leading lab for stool and DNA testing. Regarding your blood type, my son is type O and YES I believe that following a blood type diet is very helpful. I am type B and also try to follow that plan. The first thing I would do if I were you is to immediately cut out all White sugar, Wheat, Gluten, Flour, and try to start keeping a record of how you feel each day and what you ate. This will give you tremendous clues. I will post some new information today. Thank you! and Best of luck!

    2012/04/09 at 1:21 pm
  • From Naeem Akhtar on My Story

    Is this blog still active?

    2012/04/09 at 12:59 pm
    • From Daniela on My Story

      Is this blog still active now ?

      2015/08/20 at 7:02 pm
    • From Stephanie on My Story

      OMG I am 42 and I feel like you have re read my life with SVT . This is incredible. My first SVT was when I was about 12, lasted hours, my mum put me to bed to rest. I then had another when I was pregnant with my first and only child when I was 34. Once again no hospital It stopped after 45 mins. Then a huge break and back again 2 years ago and been haunting me ever since. I have connected it with my cycle too, and I have also suspected carbohydrates and gluten… I’m amazed you have written this also. I have had a major tragedy in my life in January and I too have the heart beat and impending sense of doom before an attack and then it never happens. It’s like my heart stops , it’s dreadful. I only had a bout of SVT 2 nights ago and the next day got my period.
      Thank you for this blog and am going to read every single word and follow your advice.

      2013/10/28 at 3:23 am
      • From Whitman on My Story

        This is so me!

        2015/07/20 at 11:04 pm
      • From 1nurseamber on My Story

        Have you tried the Valsalva Maneuver (bearing down as long as you can in a way you do with childbirth)? I am 32, also have SVT and despite many efforts to make my lifestyle as healthy as possible, I still have episodes. This has been the only thing I’ve found to work when I’m on my own. Sometimes it takes several tries, but it’s so effective for me. I am a nurse and still don’t have thorough knowledge of my own heart condition. Everyone is different. I know personally how terrifying it is to feel like your heart is going to beat until it explodes. I definitely have less occurrences when I take good care of myself and eat right. Intense exercise has actually thrown me into SVT before though. I’ve been as high as 360 bpm on an EKG machine. I hope you’re feeling well and I would love to see more posts!!

        2014/10/03 at 6:46 pm
        • From Laura Madrigano on My Story

          Hi Thanks for you post! You say despite many efforts to make lifestyle changes, you still have episodes…then you say you definitely have less occurrences when you take good care and eat right. I would love to help you with you both those comments! What kind of lifestyle changes have you tried that you have not made any impact vs. the ones that do? That info would be a huge clue on how to help you further! Also, are you gluten-free? Thank you, All the best!!

          2014/10/04 at 9:02 am
    • From farmcharm on My Story

      Yes!

      2012/04/09 at 2:20 pm
  • From Naeem Akhtar on About

    How can I be a part of this blog?

    2012/04/09 at 12:52 pm
    • From Tamika on About

      Hi there. I haven ‘undiagnosed’ SVT. It hasn’t been captured yet. I find my SVT is most prominent when I take Magnesium, Complex B Vitamins, Phosphate and large amounts of Calcium supplements. Sugar and caffeine for me are HUGE no no’s. Also from over exercising (cardio) and if I jump into the pool too quickly (must be water pressure). I also have found that disappointment and upset can bring it on too… Weird. I find that sitting on the ground quickly from standing usually corrects it, or putting my head under a cold shower.
      Recently I got diagnosed with a spleenic artery anuerism, which has since been removed as well as my gall bladder nine months later, and now pancreatitis due to surgery complications. Since the aneurism removal, episodes have been less frequent. I can’t eat burgers from the biggest burger takeaway outlet in the world (you know who I’m talking about). At first it was just the beef patties that made my heart skip beats and go out of whack, then the bread, then the chicken patties now the fish. I ate a burger from there recently and it took me four days to get over what felt like the adrenaline of going on a roller coaster. I also felt ‘hung over’. I believe that eating for your blood type and eating clean are definitely the ways to go, pretty much everything on your list. I’ve been monitoring this condition for 8 years now, but believe I had it through high school too, so for about 17 years. I have days where I feel like I’m going to pass out which I’m not sure is heart related, usually this bring on anxiety, and I have quite low blood pressure. Sucks a lot as I find it limits how far I want to go/holiday away from home/hospitals and has become a bit of a head wrecker. Anyway, I hope my story helps with what other people eliminate out of their diets.
      Tamika.

      2014/10/28 at 3:41 am
      • From Tamika on About

        Oops not phosphate, rather potassium. Also, I’ve noticed that you mention to take Magnesium a lot. Why does it do the opposite to my heart??

        2014/10/28 at 3:48 am
    • From farmcharm on About

      Just click on the “follow this blog link” at the side of the page. And add this blog to your “favorites” so you can check it whenever you feel like it!

      2012/06/02 at 12:28 pm
      • From mary on About

        How do I become part
        of this..was just diagnosed with avnrt n suggested an ablation..im 40 yrs old n don’t want surgery please help..do u have doctors names n numbers in nyc?

        2015/03/27 at 1:06 am
  • From Naeem Akhtar on The COURSE

    How can I be a part of this blog?

    2012/04/09 at 12:52 pm
    • From Tamika on The COURSE

      Hi there. I haven ‘undiagnosed’ SVT. It hasn’t been captured yet. I find my SVT is most prominent when I take Magnesium, Complex B Vitamins, Phosphate and large amounts of Calcium supplements. Sugar and caffeine for me are HUGE no no’s. Also from over exercising (cardio) and if I jump into the pool too quickly (must be water pressure). I also have found that disappointment and upset can bring it on too… Weird. I find that sitting on the ground quickly from standing usually corrects it, or putting my head under a cold shower.
      Recently I got diagnosed with a spleenic artery anuerism, which has since been removed as well as my gall bladder nine months later, and now pancreatitis due to surgery complications. Since the aneurism removal, episodes have been less frequent. I can’t eat burgers from the biggest burger takeaway outlet in the world (you know who I’m talking about). At first it was just the beef patties that made my heart skip beats and go out of whack, then the bread, then the chicken patties now the fish. I ate a burger from there recently and it took me four days to get over what felt like the adrenaline of going on a roller coaster. I also felt ‘hung over’. I believe that eating for your blood type and eating clean are definitely the ways to go, pretty much everything on your list. I’ve been monitoring this condition for 8 years now, but believe I had it through high school too, so for about 17 years. I have days where I feel like I’m going to pass out which I’m not sure is heart related, usually this bring on anxiety, and I have quite low blood pressure. Sucks a lot as I find it limits how far I want to go/holiday away from home/hospitals and has become a bit of a head wrecker. Anyway, I hope my story helps with what other people eliminate out of their diets.
      Tamika.

      2014/10/28 at 3:41 am
      • From Tamika on The COURSE

        Oops not phosphate, rather potassium. Also, I’ve noticed that you mention to take Magnesium a lot. Why does it do the opposite to my heart??

        2014/10/28 at 3:48 am
    • From farmcharm on The COURSE

      Just click on the “follow this blog link” at the side of the page. And add this blog to your “favorites” so you can check it whenever you feel like it!

      2012/06/02 at 12:28 pm
      • From mary on The COURSE

        How do I become part
        of this..was just diagnosed with avnrt n suggested an ablation..im 40 yrs old n don’t want surgery please help..do u have doctors names n numbers in nyc?

        2015/03/27 at 1:06 am
  • From Naeem Akhtar on Adrenal Fatigue

    I am 56 years old male having SVT episodes for more than 20 years. It happens once or twice a year. In the beginning my SVT used to subside it self. In the last three SVT episodes it would not subside by itself and I had to go to hospital to get it treated. I am convinced that one can take care of SVT attacks as suggested on this website.

    From today onwards I will follow the guidelines on this website to over come my SVT and keep the outcome posted here.

    One question: My blood type is O positive. If I follow the Blood Type Diet, will it be of any help?

    2012/04/09 at 12:48 pm
    • From farmcharm on Adrenal Fatigue

      Yes…Im a fan of the eat for your bloodype diet…I am type B and my son is type O so I KNOW that it reccommends being Gluten Free for both those types. Just get a copy of the Pocket size version for your type and carry it with you…that way when you are buying beans or fish etc…you can look up in your book the ones to avoid or buy. Always try to eat the things listed in the “highly beneficial: section.

      I eat to avoid my allergins, meat, dairy, gluten, etc. and for my blood type B. Good luck, Let me know how its going!

      2012/06/02 at 12:31 pm