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is wolff-parkinson-white dangerous?

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Dr. Andrew Reeves
Neurology 30 years experience
Can be: Time for a detailed conversation with your cardiologist!

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Can you explain how the cardiologist diagnoses a patient with wpw?

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Dr. Timothy Byrnes
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Yes, I can: Wpw is diagnosed mostly on the ekg. The major portion of the ventricular activation, the qrs, has a delta wave associated with it. Also the delay between atrial and ventricular activation is abbreviated so the time between atrial acitvation (p wave) and ventricular activation is reduced. At times in the er patients come in with tachycaria which leads to the diagnosis.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Does Wolff-Parkinson-White (wpw) syndrome cause seizures?

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Dr. Dawn Eliashiv
Neurology 36 years experience
Syncope and seizure: If the heart rhythm abnormalities causes fainting it may look like a seizure some syncopal episodes have a few jerks that may look like a seizure.
A 53-year-old member asked:

Does WPW syndrome affect life expectancy?

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Dr. Joshua Fischer
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Depends: If diagnosed and properly treated (usually with a procedure called an ablation) one can have a normal life expectancy. However, prior to treatment a patient may have a fast heart rhythm that can be dangerous and potentially life threatening.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Is Wolff-Parkinson-White (wpw) inherited?

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Dr. George Younis
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
No: There is a very rare form of familial wpw.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What is the definitive treatment for Wolff-Parkinson-White (wpw) syndrome?

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Dr. George Younis
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Ablation: Ablation of the aberrant fiber, typically using catheters through the groin (rather than open heart surgery), will typically 'cure' the condition and is successful in 90-95% of cases.

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