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Myco
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I was recently diagnosed with Babesia and SVT arrhythmia. Considering an ablation because I do not want to be on meds forever.

Anyone here have SVT or other arrhythmia and Babesia? Did it go away with Babesia treatment?

What meds have been helpful for keeping the arrhythmia in check?

Thanks!

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bump.
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Yes. Dxd with SVT in 2001, dxd Babs 2008.
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Should add, has not gone with babs treatment but have not yet started lyme meds - maybe with that it will go or dissipate.
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I don't have SVT, but I've had chronic tachycardia (most likely sinus tachycardia) since I was 12 years old (I was bitten by the tick when I was 12). I've had palpitations (pvc's and some pac's) for over 6 or 7 years.

All of my heart testing has come back 'normal', but I still wonder and worry about it... My last echo is basically the same as the one I had two years earlier. I have regurgitation at two different places and also have an intra-atrial septal aneurysm, which freaks me out the most because I've read up on it and it can be a big cause for strokes later on. My cardiologist has never mentioned it before, but it's on the echo results. I wish he would have told me more about it at the time I had it done and it was seen!!!!

I have been tested for babs, but it was negative.... but my LLMD still diagnosed me with it due to having a LOT of symptoms of Babesia and the fact that Mepron has helped me a LOT. But no, it has not really helped my heart involverment much at all.

For a while, I thought maybe the Mepron was helping the palpitations/pvc's and maybe it did for a short time, but I still have tachycardia and I think I always will. That's the upsetting thing. I've been on a beta blocker for pretty much three years now and have even had to up the dosage from 25mg to 50mg because after a while my body seemed to get used to 25 and I was having break-through tachycardia on 25mg. I CANNOT function with the chronic tachycardia not being controlled. If it's not controlled, I have more palpitations and feel extremely lightheaded and out of breath and like I may faint, so I cannot go without my beta blocker.

There has only been ONE time that my tachycardia seemed to get better and slow down to normal ranges (70 - 90, though 90 is cutting it a little close for my liking), though it only lasted for a couple of weeks until I was started on a new abx.

I believe when I was on Bartonella treatment (which only lasted four months, which I believe was not long enough) I had the most help with the tachycardia and heart stuff. It also seems that Amox might have helped as well, from looking over my symptom journal.

It wasn't until I added in Biaxin and something else that the tachycardia came back as awful and annoying as ever. I am hoping to get back on Bartonella treatment soon because I've been on Mepron for a little longer than a year now and I am not sure I'm seeing any more benefits or improvements from it.

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Interesting replies. I am very curious if heart symptoms go away with treatment. SVT can be cured with ablation and I am seriously considering it. You would think LLMD's would have some numbers on how many patients rhythm problems go away with treatment but I can't seem to get any answers from my LLMD.
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My wife had serious SVTs but refused ablation.

She also has babesia duncani and lyme -- we have had both yesrs but only recently was she tested for b. duncani and it came back positive.

We have been sick since late 1980s and have only recently started treatment for babesia d.

What they found was that her potassium is very low and she is on a potassium supplement through prescription. Cardiologists (not lyme literate) are confused why her potassium is so low. She is also taking beta blocker.

I believe lyme researchers should look into this (low potassium). It could be part of the babesiosis experience.

She is now able to work full time but still has mild episodes. She used to have major life threatening episodes.

I have had serious autonomic symptoms which came out after a flight to Florida. Long term IV antibiotics, put me back on right path though recently I have not done as well.

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