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hello have you discussed this problem with swallowing with your cardiologist?
thats right, many things about the heart and about vasovagal reactions are still unknown
do you have a permanent pacemaker?
you are likely to be right that you are having swallowing syncope
this is a rare entity and that is why not much is known about this
permanent pacemaker is the treatment for this
it is good that you have already been given this, you are hence not in any critical danger
swallowing syncope is a vasovagal reflex
the vagus nerve is the main nerve of our sympathetic nervous system
it connects a whole lot of our internal organs, like the heart, intestines, swallowing muscles, blood vessels, etc
sometimes something in one organ can trigger a response in another, for example there is also coughing syncope, defecation syncope
in this coughing causes stopping of the heart
similarly swallowing can cause stopping of the heart, called swallowing syncope
this is likely to be your diagnosis
but as you have already been treated by permanent pacemaker you have received adequate treatment for this
your heart will not stop and will be continued by the pacemaker
so you do not have to worry about this
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no, its not heriditary
glad to help
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