A few weeks ago my heart went into SVT as I was driving down the long winding ravine on my way to work in the morning. My heart rate was over 230bpm, I was close to passing out, and I could not safely stop without risking causing a serious accident. I drove about a half-mile to the first safe place to stop. I tried all of my normal methods that I use to stop the SVT (putitng my feet up, squeezing my chest muscles, massaging my carotid artery), but I could not stop it. Luckily, I flagged down the local fire warden, and he had his radio with him, as there is no cell service where I was. After an ambulance ride that seemed to take forever, I got to the hospital. Though I told them I needed adenosine to stop it, they tried to wait it out. After an hour, they tried the 6mg dose, which, as usual, did nothing. After another 30 minutes, they gave me the 12mg dose, which stopped it immediately.
I’ve had SVT attacks 2 or 3 times a year since 2003. I usually am able to stop them on my own. I’ve also had high blood pressure, which I didn’t bother to treat. I’ve been a smoker since 1990. I’ve been an insomniac since I left the Army in 1991, and tried all of the OTC and prescription meds. None of them worked for long. I used herb to treat it for a while, but that stopped working also. For the last 10 years or so, I’ve alternated between drinking myself to oblivion every night, and not sleeping. I quit drinking a year ago, but started up again several months ago.
Since this last round of SVT, I’ve realized how much my health has deteriorated. I’ve been doing some serious soul-searching because of this. I have a 26 month old daughter, and another due in September. I finally have my dream property that I worked so many years to afford, and I don’t have the energy to do all of the things that I want to do with my 14 acres in the country. I get winded easily, and can’t work as hard as I need to to keep up with cutting firewood, keeping mother nature from taking back my yard, and my latest farming venture. I simply cannot continue abusing my body like I have been for the last few decades. I’ve been rode hard and put away wet, but now I have to accept that I’m no longer indestructable.
I’ve started treating my high blood pressure with diltiazem (which should hopefully also stop the SVT - If not, I’ll have the surgery). I’ve quit drinking, and it’s different this time. I don’t know why, but it is easy. Every time I quit drinking in the past, I’ve felt like I was giving something up, but this time I don’t.
This leaves me with one last serious vice - smoking. I need to quit before it kills me. I’ve quit loads of times by the usual methods. I’ve tried cold turkey, gradually cutting down, the patch, the gum, welbutrin, and hypnotherapy. Nothing worked for long. I’ve recently been reading Alan Carr’s book, “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking”. It seems to make a lot of sense. The hard part is reprogramming your mind to stop thinking of it as giving up something, and start thinking of it as getting free from the addiction.
So, anyone try this method? Did it work for you? Tips?