Recognizing Torsades Warning Signs, Symptoms and
telltale signs can be effective potential warning signs to alert the physician
or potential undiagnosed or misdiagnosed Torsades patient. Do not underestimate
or dismiss a seemingly insignificant symptom, especially symptoms which are
associated with a particular medication.
not let any doctor, friend or family member intimidate you into dismissing your
symptoms as psychological or simple spasms. You
will know better than anyone else, if
your symptoms are genuine. Trust your own
instincts. How many times have you used an appliance repair technician or
mechanic for your car... who did not fix the problem.. or created another
are no less fallible than anyone else and can be wrong more often than you
realize; even nice ones who are doing their best. During the 45 years I suffered
undiagnosed Torsades attacks, I had dozens of doctors and a multitude of
Emergency room physicians who did not take my symptoms seriously. Not one of
them ever found the problem. Don't go through the same thing I did where I had
to die while wearing a holter monitor to prove I had a serious problem.
Go to an
electrophysiologist (electro-cardiologist) who specializes in Torsades if you think you may have these
symptoms. You don't go to a plumber to fix your electrical wiring in your house.
It is the same with your heart. Go to a doctor who specializes in cardiac electrical
problems & pacemakers. It is your life you can forfeit if you allow someone else to coerce
or bully you from finding a proper medical diagnosis... no matter how well meaning their
intentions might be.
In my opinion, a diagnosis of "coronary or arterial
spasms" is nothing more than junk diagnostics like "irritable bowel
syndrome" neither of which are anything more than symptoms... not a
definitive cause and it saves your medical insurance company the costs of doing
a real diagnosis through extensive testing. Watch out for diagnoses of
"idiopathic" anything. That means they don't know what is causing
it.... so that is not a diagnosis either.
are some warning signs for someone who may have Torsades or another type of
cardiac arrhythmia which may never show up on any EKG or other cardiac
- Atypical, paradoxical,
racing heart rate or anxiety type reactions to certain medications.
Especially important if unusual reactions are to antibiotics, pain meds,
sedatives, migraine meds & antidepressants.
- Unusual allergies or
reactions to numerous medications. (other than those reactions of hives or
rashes since these symptoms are not related to Torsades).
- Sudden unexpected
reaction of anxiety, panic or claustrophobia immediately following injection
or administration of certain IV medications and can also be caused by oral
medications. (This will really sound crazy
to any medical professional, however, more than one Torsades patient has
described this feeling as “a sudden urge to peel off their skin and run
down the hall.” This is a classic reaction specific to Torsades patients, although they may hesitate to express
this statement to their physician.)
- Sudden, unexpected
significant increase in heart rate immediately following injection or
administration of certain IV medications
or subsequent to oral drugs as well.
- History of patient
complaints of occasional “fluttering sensations,” “irregular or
pounding heartbeat” or PVC’s.
- History of slow heart
beat in patient
- History of Prolonged
- History of low blood
pressure under age 40
- History of sudden
in patient or blood relative
- Unexplained syncope
(fainting) when standing or sitting upright. This is also an indicator for
hypostatic intolerance but may also indicate a heart rate drop out or heart
- Unexplained syncope or
associated symptoms when taking certain medications.
- Unexplained onset of
chest pain within 48 hours of taking certain medications.
- Repeated episodes of
chest pain while patient is taking certain medications.
- Previous diagnosis of
coronary artery spasms, heart spasms, coronary embolisms, esophageal spasms,
chest muscle spasms, Idiosyncratic (unexplained) chest pain, stress or
anxiety related chest pain or unexplained heart attack
complaints or previous diagnoses of psychological or psychosomatic related
chest pain, hypochondraic related chest pain, Munchausen related chest pain
& any aforementioned suspect reactions, other unusual unexplained chest
pain or medication related reactions.
- Similar familial
histories of any similar symptoms or unexplained sudden cardiac deaths
- Familial history of
- Patients with ischemic
or hypoxic damage to the brain may be at higher risk for developing
- Patients with
Autonomic nervous system dysfunction may be at higher risk for developing
- Patients with severe imbalance in
vitamins or other minerals and nutrients may be at higher risk for
- Patients with certain
neurological disorders or brain trauma may be at higher risk for developing
- Patients may have more
than one cardiac abnormality or condition in addition to Torsades, which may
be overlooked in the process or masked by the presence of other unrelated