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A 19-year-old male asked:

Is it safe to take propranolol for wolff parkinson white syndrome? it works well & decreased svt episodes by 80% already.

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shashank Jain
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Individualized: So as a disease process WPW's treatment is individualized. Every other person will have a different regimen. AV nodal blockade can be ok, in some circumstances and not in others. It is VERY important that rather than asking us, you consult with your Cardiologist , who will offer you treatment best suited to your underlying disease process.
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Dr. Bradley Frazee
Emergency Medicine 32 years experience
Generally no: This is a very interesting question. If you truly have WPW, your management (& answer to such a question) should be by your cardiologist. If it is known that you have only orthodromic AVRT (genarally a concealed accessory pathway) then propranolol could be used safely. Otherwise, it could pose danger if you develop atrial fib. However, the modern treatment for WPW w/ frequent SVT is ablation.
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Last updated Aug 3, 2014

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