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  • 1.  Svt

    Posted 04-13-2020 15:28
    How many diagnosed with SVT have been put on blood thinner, or is it even necessary?

    Agnes Johnson
    North Ridgeville OH

  • 2.  RE: Svt

    Posted 04-16-2020 16:15
    Agnes, First, I am so sorry nobody has responded to your question as yet, guess they're all wrapped up in Coronavirus. Perhaps someone should explain this ain't a COVID-19 support site...

    I'm not a doctor, but I'll share what I know. Yes, I suffer SVT and take Plavix plus aspirin to prevent clots, however the "thiners" are not for SVT. Supraventricular Tachycardia is a benign rhythm and doctors do not feel it causes an increased risk. It's just annoying to those of us who have it.

    In my case the Plavix aspirin routine is for Atrial Fibrillation as well as a CRT-D (defibrillator). So if you have other heart issues the doctor may prescribe a thinner primarily to reduce the risk of clots. Hope this helps


  • 3.  RE: Svt

    Posted 04-16-2020 19:14

    Hi Agnes,

    I have SVT with atrial flutter.  You were probably prescribed a blood thinner to help you prevent clotting. They say this is very common for people with our condition.  However, not everyone might be on thinner as some can have a procedure that your can speak to your doctor about called a watchman to replace the need for the thinner.  As always this is decided by your doctor.  Unfortunately, I am not a candidate to never not take them at this time.   Maybe someday.....

    I hope I answered your question.  Please feel free to contact me if you have other questions.  

    In the meantime, stay safe!!❤️

    Lisa Gruccio
    Coral Springs, FL
    Mended Hearts Chapter 161 Hollywood

  • 4.  RE: Svt

    Posted 04-16-2020 20:47
    Thank you. Even though I am very symptomatic with episodes at least 3 times a month with HR in the 190's lasting anywhere from 10 min to 3 hours, my cardiology crew has not put me on blood thinner. Just wanted to hear if this is the norm.

  • 5.  RE: Svt

    Posted 04-17-2020 18:05
    Hi Agnes,
    I had a heart attack and SVT.
    No blockage during the cath so no stents.
    While at rehab 4 weeks later I had 182 for 25 hours.
    So at rehab they hauled me to ER and brought me back down with meds. I went into another hospital where they did place and ICD the next day.
    Seven years later I had my new one placed last Sept.

    I was on blood thinner for several years (I had 4 different Cardiologists so far.) The newest one had me taken off of it after I explained I was bleeding (nose) during the winter. Also any little cut would gush for hours. So happy to say they told me most people are taken off of the blood thinner after a year. I am still on daily baby aspirin.
    I hope this helps...btw I am very active in my physical fitness.

  • 6.  RE: Svt

    Posted 04-17-2020 21:35
    Thank you for all the information. Good to hear different experiences that my cardio team doesn't go into. 

  • 7.  RE: Svt

    Posted 04-17-2020 09:51
    Superventricular Tachycardia or SVT is a arrhythmia or irregular heart beat.  The meds used to treat SVT may include beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, or other antiarrhythmic medicines. Some have infrequent episodes, called Paroxysmal Superventricular Tachycardia (PSVT). I was diagnosed with PSVT about 12 years ago and was prescribed Metaprolol (Beta-Blocker) and Diltiazem (Calcium Channel Blocker) to control the arrhythmia.  I would have a discussion with your cardiologist about all the medications you're taking and the reason he prescribed a blood thinner.
    All the best,

    Victor Fabry
    Short Hills, New Jersey

  • 8.  RE: Svt

    Posted 04-17-2020 10:30
    What are the 3 types of SVT?
    There are three major types of SVT including:
    • Atrial fibrillation.
    • Paroxysmal supraventricular tachycardia (PSVT)
    • Atrial Flutter & Atrial Tachycardia.

    This is what I found on the internet.  If it is the Afib variety of SVT, you need blood thinners to prevent clots.


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  • 9.  RE: Svt

    Posted 11-19-2021 11:31
    I also have had PSVT for years and have taken the same meds (metaprolol and diltalzem).  Recently I moved out of state and my new cardiologist changed the metaprolol to cardevilol.  I have lost quite a bit of weight (intentionally) since the move and have much fewer episodes.  I don't know if it was the drug change, weight loss or both that contributed to this positive change!

    Laura Holt
    Happy Valley OR

  • 10.  RE: Svt

    Posted 04-20-2020 08:59
    Hi Agnes, 

    We just started a brand new PSVT/SVT discussion group here in our communities. We are hoping to find ambassadors for this group soon and hopefully they will have more support for you in that area. Good luck on your journey!

    Andrea Baer
    Grapeville PA
    (724) 396-7820