Sumera - Supraventricular Tachycardia (SVT)

Sumera, from Multan, Pakistan, shared her experiences with us after learning more about supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) from a link posted on our Facebook page. Sumera was diagnosed with SVT during her third pregnancy. “I was first aware of a problem with my heart in 2010 when I noticed my heart racing, on one occasion up to 190 BPM. I was pregnant with my third child at the time and the episode led to me fainting twice. This episode took place in the sixth month of pregnancy, a month before this I had chicken pox.

Unfortunately the gynaecologist who I was referred to was largely unaware of heart rhythm disorders and my symptoms went unchecked by both her and another specialist. My ECG was not recorded even though I continued to feel dizzy, was experiencing palpitations and felt very tired. I had concerns for the health of my unborn baby.